Yes, Shark Girl is back and ready to talk about her newest gi—the Tatami Ladies Estilo 3.0 Premier. My initial reaction upon taking it out of the box was this.
I’m not usually a fan of patches or blue gis, but something about this patchy, blue gi is charming.
I like putting on this gi. I don’t feel like I’m wearing some baggy, potato sack or ill-fitting “boyfriend” jean. I feel like it was made for a woman’s body. I don’t want to say that it hugs my curves, although it does. I don’t want to say that I feel like a woman in this gi, although I do. To say those things, unfortunately, implies a sexiness in our culture that is not there in this gi. It’s actually a womanly power that I feel—that my body is not hidden away, but it is also not on display. This gi makes me feel like a female super hero without the gigantic breast handicap. Is this a feminist gi? Is Tatami rocking a radical, grrrl power? My first guess was no, because what martial arts company wants to do that? Usually they are objectifying our asses. But then I saw that they supported the Slideyfoot’s GrappleThon for the benefit of Rape Crisis (England & Wales) and I was impressed.
Here’s what I like about this gi:
- styling and fit
- low-slung pants sit below the hip so I don’t feel like I’m wearing granny pants
- close collar—my teammates hate this collar. They complain it’s hard to grab. Yay!
- durable. I’ve been wearing and washing it for three seasons now and no problems.
- stay-tied drawstring
|Now I don't have to stop my roll to preserve my modesty! This baby stays tied.|
I wouldn’t mind a slightly longer skirt. It comes out of my belt too often for my liking.
I was pleasantly surprised by this gi. I think Tatami did a great job of tailoring it for a woman’s body and not just taking a man’s gi and making it pink. Way to go!
Thanks to Martial Arts Supplies for giving me the opportunity to try out this gi.