How to Fold Your Karate Gi Like a Japanese repost from Karate by Jesse

There are numerous ways to fold the Karate uniform.

Some better than others.karate_uniform_folded

Although I’ve heard horror stories of people who stuff their gi in a bag without ever folding it at all, I suggest you learn at least ONE way to fold your precious Karate uniform.

Why?

Because it helps maintain a nice fit, keeps it wrinkle-free and makes it easy to transport!

Today, I will teach you TWO ways to fold your gi:

  • The first method is called “Shikaku no Gi” (squarely folded gi) and works best if you’re packing your gi neatly along with other stuff.
  • The second way is called “Maki no Gi” (rolled gi) and works best if you’re carrying the gi without a training bag but still want to look cool.

I actually learned these while I lived in Okinawa – the birthplace of Karate.

So…

Are you ready to fold your Karate uniform like a Japanese?

Grab your gi & follow along!

Here we go:

#1. Shikaku no Gi (Square Fold)

SHIKAKU-GI

Step by Step:

SHIKAKU-GI-STEPS

Instructions:

  1. Put your folded pants over your open jacket.
  2. Fold the jacket sides over the pants, then fold back the sleeves.
  3. Fold up the jacket/pants from the bottom twice.
  4. Tie your belt around the whole package.
  5. Put it in your training bag like a boss!

 

#2. Maki no Gi (Round Fold)

MAKI-GI

Step by Step:

MAKI-GI-STEPS

Instructions:

  1. Put your folded pants over your open jacket.
  2. Fold the jacket sides over the pants, then fold back the sleeves.
  3. Roll up the jacket/pants from the bottom.
  4. Tie your belt around the gi sausage.
  5. Swing over your shoulder and travel the world!
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