FUJI Sekai BJJ Gi Review
Unlike many other brands pushing out various versions of a lightweight and ultra-lightweight BJJ gi, FUJI was not satisfied with simply producing a lightweight gi at the detriment of durability; instead, they produced the Sekai, a rare combination of a lightweight and incredibly durable gi. Combining comfort, durability and an eye for detail, there isn't much not to like about the Sekai. Design and Aesthetics The Sekai comes in three different colours; White, Blue and Black with each colour featuring different contrast stitching on the seams, patches and embroideries. The White gi comes with either Black and Red stitiching, the Blue one with White stitching and the Black one Red. The word 'Sekai' means World in Japanese and the jacket features a detailed map of the world on the inside showing all the main areas of the world where Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is practiced. Like with most FUJI's designs, the aesthetics of the Sekai gi are understated but still pleasing. Anyone looking for a cleaner, simpler look will appreciate the design of the Sekai gi. Fit and Comfort Reviews have said that the Sekai gi is so light and soft that it barely feels like wearing a gi at all. A bungee drawstring helps to better adjust the fit of the pants, and, like all FUJI gi are known for, experiences minimal shrinkage after washing. Size Chart
Durability is often an area where most light and ultra-light gis suffer. The Sekai, however, goes to great lengths to ensure this is not an issue. Multiple rows of stitching and fabric reinforcements can be found in the armpits, shoulders, chest seams, cuffs, jacket skirt and waistband, making the Sekai gi one of the most well reinforced gis available today. On top of this, the pants are equipped with a second layer of ripstop that extends from the thigh down to the ankle.
The jacket of the Sekai is a clean and simple design that reviewers have praised for being highly comfortable and maneuverable. Multiple rows of stitching along the collar and lapels provide a thick, stiff collar that is difficult to maintain a grip on during chokes.
Perhaps one of the most unique features of the jacket, apart from it being so well reinforced for a lightweight classification, is the rubbery illustration of the world map on the inside.
In all truth, the pants of the Sekai are one of its most attractive offerings. The ripstop fabric is soft and light, and many reviews of the Sekai have said they love how flexible it is. Though the thinness of the fabric causes some durability questions, no spot was overlooked in the area of reinforcements, with the cuffs and waistband both having multiple rows of stitching and the cuffs having a ribbon lining as well. Yet another feature about the Sekai pants that is attractive is its four belt loops and bungee cord drawstring that allow for maximum adjustment of the fit. Conclusion To summarize, the Sekai has earned a description that very few other gis will ever be able to achieve: lightweight, comfortable, and as strong as steel. It may not be as light as ultralight gis, but it is almost certain to last longer than any of them. It may not be as durable as some of the heavier gis, but it is definitely more comfortable. All said, the Sekai is a quality, attractive, lightweight gi that splurges on the reinforcements, making it very near the best possible choice for someone wanting a well-made, lightweight gi.
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- Gary Thompson