Meijin Uniforms Technical Notes:
There are three major differences between Meijin
and the other premium karate uniforms.
they have underarm gussets with embroidered ventilation holes.
This allows much greater freedom of movement (when you raise
your arms your jacket won't pull out of your belt), minimizes
fatigue, and creates a uniform that has a "tailored" look. The
overall effect is to make Meijin much more comfortable than
any other brand-the uniform that will immediately become you
"favorite". And, by the way, the ventilation holes are there
for, well, ventilation, and they are embroidered to stop the
material fraying not to make then look pretty. The only other
uniform that has ever approached Meijin's level of comfort,
performance and sophistication was the WUKO (now the World Karate
Federation) developed and approved "GI." During 1975 this entered
limited production in Japan but ceased soon afterwards due to
high production costs and the (by today's standards) $400 retail
price. Meijin is the successor to the "GI" and shares many of
its most desirable features but at a very affordable price.
Meijin offers a range of twelve basic sizes plus "splits" from
size 3 to size 7 giving a theoretical choice of 110 individual
sizes, (a "split" uniform is comprised of a jacket and pants
of different sizes). You will always find a Meijin uniform to
fit you perfectly and if you need just a jacket or pants, that's
fine as well, you can buy Meijin separates.
Meijin are the least expensive of the true premium brands. As we are the
exclusive importer, when you buy from us you buy from the source and cut
out the middleman. Comparable uniforms from other suppliers cost $170 -
$230 but lack many of Meijin's features-buy from us and you will pay just
$119 or less (check the web specials page) and get your name or style embroidered ABSOLUTELY FREE! (up to a value of $15.00).
How to Wash a Meijin Uniform
suggestions are based on trials we conducted as well as the
experience gained by owning hundreds of uniforms over the past
it room! A wet keikogi
weighs a lot so don't overfill your washing machine by trying
to wash more than one at a time. In an overloaded washing machine
the cotton canvas can become jammed under the impeller and torn.
Sweat, dirt, and grit will damage your
uniform. Washing it frequently in cool water and hanging it
to dry will make it better to wear and much longer lasting.
The benefits of using old-fashioned liquid
chlorine bleach are not usually worth the main consequence,
accelerated wear. If you wash a uniform frequently in a good
detergent, bleach is not usually necessary. If you really have
to use bleach, use one of the modern "brightening"
products that are advertised as being safe to use with colored
clothes, and use it sparingly.
If you absolutely insist on washing your
uniform in boiling water with bleach and drying it using the
"hot" cycle in a commercial dryer you will shorten
its life-sometimes dramatically, (look at your dryer's filter
screen some time!)
here to order a Meijin Karate Uniform
To order by phone call our office:
818 889 3856 (8 AM - 8 PM Mon - Sat PST.)
Go to Meijin's
online embroidery catalogue
and select the embroidery design/s (it's on the order form you
complete) and tell us what color you want and where you want
it embroidered. Alternatively call our office at the toll free
number above and tell us in person.
100% pure cotton finely woven canvas material produced
to our specifications especially for Meijin karate uniforms.
cord closure with three tie string loops for security and comfort.
Complete range of full and half sizes - "split" uniforms,
Pants and jacket cuff reinforced with tape and six lines of
extra stitching All seams vamped and double sewn.
Hand-finished collar with multi-needle stitching.
Shoulder area lined with soft cotton gauze for added comfort.
Revolutionary jacket design with underarm gussets for improved
freedom of movement and five embroidered air holes each side
Extra-long woven cotton tie string.
Waist band lined with soft cotton gauze to prevent "bunching".
Custom embroidery service. Name or style translated into Japanese and embroidered
free on new uniforms.
traditional karate belt may not look very much but a great deal
actually goes into its manufacture. Good belts have a single
layer of thick felt at their heart around which is wrapped a
vat dyed 100% cotton cover. This "sandwich" is then sewn with
eight or more lines of stitching along its entire length using
a twin needle machine, and the ends sewn closed creating a flexible
and very strong belt. If it is well constructed it will not
show a tendency to twist when it is folded (caused by stitching
of unequal tension and/or lines of stitching unequally spaced),
will not bleed color onto your uniform when you are training,
and will stay secured. Wide and super wide belts make great
presents when embroidered but are probably best kept for use
on special occasions. Their width and thickness make them come
undone easily. Many senior instructors actually ask for extra
thin belts as they are easy to tie securely. Goju Ryu legend
Morio Higaonna for example wears a custom made 1" wide embroidered
belt by Meijin.
you pay for a belt is not necessarily an indication of its quality.
The factory where Meijin belts are produced is the largest supplier
to the Japanese market and their belts are sold under various
brand names for between $4.95 (our price), to as much as five
times higher elsewhere.
for the quality not the price as, in any case, we remove labels,
because they detract from the overall appearance, before we
embroider a belt.
Left: Morio Higaonna
Goju Ryu 9th Dan Hanshi
Began training 1953
Right: Shinyu Gushi
Uechi Ryu 9th Dan
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