Put your gi on and let`s roll, Drill, slap, bump, roll, repeat, etc. Every jiu jitsu practitioner knows the fun part of BJJ. And one of these ways is the athlete`s uniform — the gi. BJJ gis are commonly like a piece of jiu jitsu art, where we can sew on BJJ patches also called simply gi patches.
Very common are custom jiu jitsu patches. BJJ academies use them to identify themselves in tournaments. BJJ practitioners with their gis show their affiliation to a specific academy or gym.
All martial arts patches have their mood and character. On the kimono uniform of your teammates, you can find a variety of expressions.
The same with jiu jitsu patches. It can be funny BJJ patches, it can be some motivational words, or a hard rock and artistic «dark side» style.
More on patch ideas for your gi you can find in our article BJJ Gi Patches: Placement, Etiquette, Where to Find.
Choosing a gi patch for yourself, remember — the best BJJ gi patches are those that express your everyday mood on the mat. Time goes, mood changes and your BJJ gear can change to the beat though. Funny gi patches can be mixed with some cool and hard rock sewn-on pieces and vice versa. And that is cool in BJJ because this expression on the gi is allowed.
Don’t overdo it: The BJJ patches etiquette
Patches for BJJ gi are definitely a way for self-expression.
As for us, style and aesthetics should be present, even if you want to create a really crazy BJJ gi.
More so there is gi patches etiquette in competitions. The patch placement on your gi is regulated by the tournament organizers like IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation), USA, or International Jiu Jitsu Federation of other promotions (NAGA, NEWAZA, etc.). Take it to your attention and read the official rules, when choosing places on your gi for patches.
Visual illustration of BJJ patches placement from IBJJF patch rules
You may have your own BJJ patch placement preferences, but if you prepare yourself to take part in BJJ tournaments be ready according to the official rules.
With purple color are marked the areas where the IBJJF patch locations are legal for the IBJJF tournaments.
IBJJF patch placement
It is allowed to sew on custom gi patches for the competition event – academy patches or custom design patches, but still, double check if they don’t violate the rules of the tournament event.