On BJJ Fightgear we offer you a lot of different brands. Because of this, we also sell belts in different price ranges. Some of the brands we sell are Tatami, Fuji, Ground Game, Gameness and Scramble. The differences lie in thickness and knot abilities. How difficult is it to knot the belt and how well does the belt stay knotted? Here are the notable differences. The tatami belts are pretty thick, the stiffness will disappear in a couple of weeks. The structure of the belts material is feeling soft but firm. The Ground Game belts overrule Tatami in thickness, the structure of the material seems to be tougher and a bit harder than the Tatami belts. The Fuji belts are thinner and softer but very firm, thinner means also that they will stay knotted better than thick belts. Furthermore, they wear out a little faster. The Fuji blue belt is made of a lighter colour of blue than all the other brands blue belts. The Gameness belt does not feel like it is made of a very rough material, the structure of the material is not as rough as the Ground Game belt. The last, but not least is the Scramble belt, this belt feels, directly out of the package, already flexible and smooth. Very different from the other belts which are (very) stiff directly out of the package. The Scramble belt feels like they used some kind of rubber inside to make it immediately more flexible – but they didn’t… the belt feels nicely soft and strong at the same time, this BJJ belt is reinforced with six rows of stitching. I’d say it is really worth the extra 10 euro’s.
When you are buying a belt, you’ll need to take this in consideration: you will use the belt for a lot of years! Definitely when you are in possession of a higher ranked belt! There is nothing wrong with spending a little extra on a belt, it is important to have BJJ gear of high quality, don’t hold back with investing in good fight gear, you will use it for years!
Another thing you have to keep in mind, is to buy your (new) belt in the same size as your BJJ Gi. In some Martial Arts it is common to wear a belt which reaches your knees, in BJJ it’s not. Your Jiu Jitsu belt should be sticking out around 20 cm on both sides of the knot in your belt. (after it is wrapped around your waste two times). Make sure the black part on the belt, for your ranking stripes, is totally out of the knot.
NOTE; if you pack a little extra weight around the waste, you might want to consider buying a larger size belt than the Gi you are wearing.
FOR BEGINNERS: it is recommended to practice the reef-knot or flat knot, you don’t want one side of your belt sticking up like a one leafed palm tree…
When you are buying a new BJJ belt, we advise you to wash your belt a couple of times in the washing machine, knead it a little as well and of course, a lot of rolling during your Jiu Jitsu training! When your belt is softened to your liking, it is not really common to wash it a lot anymore – apart from when it gets real smelly of course – this way, your stripes will keep sticking and it will become visible if you’re training a lot (or not).