Finding the right BJJ Gi can be a real game-changer for the "larger than average" BJJ athletes. Securing a BJJ Gi that not only accommodates your size but also enhances your agility, comfort, and self-assurance during training is important. 

No matter your body type - short, tall, husky, overweight, or just overall BIG - it's important to get into a gi that fits well. We get it, most gi manufacturers have generic size charts that accommodate for what seems like everyone - except for you, right?

BJJ Gis For Big Guys

Before you pick your next Gi, we've lined up some crucial considerations – from understanding your measurements to picking between training versus competition Gis. Moreover, we spotlight exceptional gear tailored for heavier athletes, focusing on both long-lasting quality and aesthetic appeal.

If off-the-rack doesn't cut it? There are tailoring tips too. And let’s not forget keeping your Gi in prime condition with proper care techniques.

Understanding the Importance of the Right Gi Fit

Finding a Gi that feels like it was made just for you isn't just about comfort; it's about unlocking your full potential on the mat. Especially for larger athletes, where standard sizes often miss the mark. 

The Role of a Gi in BJJ

A well-fitted Gi can make or break your performance. It's not merely attire but an essential tool in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. A proper fit allows seamless movement and technique execution without restriction, while an ill-fitting one could be cumbersome, distracting, or even lead to malfunctions during rolls. Not to mention, just flat out uncomfortable - which can take away the fun that Jiu Jitsu is meant to be.

Beyond functionality, there’s something deeply psychological about rolling into class with a perfectly fitted gi!

Challenges Larger Athletes Face

Larger athletes often hit roadblocks when shopping for Gis - mainly size availability and accurate fits. Most brands cater to average builds leaving heavier or more muscular individuals out in the cold.

This scarcity doesn’t mean settling is your only option though. Some brands do get it right by offering extended sizes designed with broader shoulders and longer limbs in mind. For example, Gameness stands out by offering sizes up to A7.

But remember: size charts are just a tool for reference. A lot of the time you will find yourself in the weight range of one size but in the height range of another size.

Our Favorite BJJ Gis For "Big Guy"

Gameness Gi's for Big Guys

Gameness has a lot of great gis on the market for big guys. We particularly like them because they are one of the few brands that makes a size A7 gi. Their A7 gi is tailored for athletes up to 325lbs+.

Click here for the Gameness BJJ Gi Size Chart.

Fuji's Unique "Husky" Gi Sizes

A standout feature in the world of BJJ gis is Fuji’s “Husky” sizes. These are specifically crafted for those who find regular sizes either too long or not wide enough. If you're shorter but carry more weight around the middle, Fuji has got you covered with their A2H and A3H sizes. The classic Fuji All Around and the Fuji Suparaito Gi's both come in A2H and A3H as well as standard sizes up to A6.

These semi-custom sizes ensure that comfort doesn't have to be sacrificed at the altar of fitting into standard categories. The 'H' denotes huskiness – providing ample room without unnecessary length – ensuring your movements aren’t restricted by fabric that doesn’t quite get where you’re coming from (literally).

Click here for the Fuji BJJ Gi Size Chart.

What If You Don't Fit Anything On The Size Chart?

So what happens if your body shape doesn't fit anything on the size charts? This is a common question that we get asked.

For example, let's say you weigh 275lbs and stand at 5'10" tall. Fuji has an A5 that fits 275lbs but is geared towards people between 6'0" - 6'4"... While they do have an A3H that is perfect height-wise at 5'9" - 6'1" but is recommended only for people up to 220lbs - 240lbs.

In this case, we would recommend ordering either an A5 - or even an A6 depending how broad your shoulders and waist is. Now, fresh out of the packaging the sleeves are going to be SUPER long on you. This is where custom tailoring comes into play. While it is an additional cost, we have found that your local tailor can professional cut and hem your sleeves and pant legs to fit for fairly cheap, usually starting around $25.

The results of a custom tailored gi is worth the extra cost. There is nothing worse than training in a gi that is too tight, too short, or way too loose or long.

Approaching Tailors with Confidence

Finding a tailor who gets what BJJ is all about might feel like searching for a submission in a stack of defense moves. Start by asking fellow practitioners if they have any recommendations; someone familiar with sports apparel will understand the need for durability and flexibility in alterations - perhaps even the person who sews on your academy patches can help out with this.

Communicate clearly about what you need: shorter sleeves without losing mobility, pants that stay put without restricting movement. Show them pictures or bring along examples if possible—it'll help bridge any gaps in understanding and ensure you get exactly what you're after.

In short (pun intended), don't settle for less than perfect fit because even though we can't all have custom-made Gis straight off the bat, tailoring is our secret weapon to looking sharp while training hard.

Can I Mix and Match Gi Top and Pant Sizes?

While we normally cannot break down two gi sets to create a mixed size set, as this inherently creates an extra unsellable set for us. We do sell Fuji BJJ Gi Pants on their own in various sizes colors, this way you can create your own semi-custom set.


Finding the best BJJ Gis for fat guys is more than a quest; it's about unlocking your full potential on the mat. You've learned that comfort, performance, and confidence are intertwined with the perfect fit.

From Fuji to Gameness, you now know which brands cater to larger athletes without compromising on quality or style. Remember, understanding your measurements and choosing between training versus competition Gis makes all the difference.

We are always around to help you with sizing through our live chat or contact form.

February 28, 2024