A karate uniform, also known as a karategi, is the traditional attire worn by practitioners of karate. It is a lightweight and durable garment designed to allow for unrestricted movement during training and competitions. The karate uniform typically consists of three main components:
- Gi Top: The top portion of the karate uniform is a loose-fitting jacket with long sleeves. It is usually made of a thick, sturdy cotton fabric. The jacket often features a wraparound design that crosses over the front and is secured with a belt or ties. The length of the jacket may vary depending on the style and personal preference.
- Gi Pants: The pants, also called “zubon” or “hakama,” are typically made of the same sturdy cotton material as the gi top. They are wide-legged and roomy to allow for a full range of motion. The pants usually have an elastic waistband or a drawstring closure for a secure fit.
- Belt (Obi): The karate uniform is usually worn with a colored belt or obi. The belt signifies the rank and level of proficiency of the practitioner. In karate, the belt system consists of different colors to denote various ranks, starting with white for beginners and progressing to higher ranks such as yellow, orange, green, blue, brown, and black. The black belt represents a high level of skill and expertise.