Baby Grappling: Not So Childish
Some of the world's best grapplers began learning their trade at a very early age, naturally providing them with an edge over their competitors. Many of these young practitioners began rolling with a jiu-jitsu gi.
The jiu-jitsu gi is an outfit or uniform if you will, often times worn by participants of the sport. The gi consists of a heavy cotton jacket, trousers and a belt.
Learning jiu-jitsu with a gi is even more advantageous to the competitor because if used properly the gi can also be used as a weapon. Now more than ever children are starting to get involved in the sport not only for exercise but also for self-defense.
A major problem that existed was that gis were not often produced in child sizes thus availability was virtually non-existent.
Birth of the Baby Gi
The idea of Baby Grappling came in 2008 when the designer, Berglind, was looking for a baby martial arts uniform as a gift for her unborn nephew. His father teaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Iceland and Berglind wanted to relate the gift with grappling. Needless to say, the search was unsuccessful so she decided to design a gi for an infant and sew it herself.
Upon successful completion she thought to herself, why not make a business out of this idea and produce an income as a second job to help make ends meet? Roughly a year after conception Baby Grappling was formed and producing gis for infants.
The main product is the Baby Gi, a miniature martial arts outfit designed as daywear for 0-2 year olds. The outfit is designed with baby's comfort and safety in mind and is made of 100% high quality, super soft cotton.
The jackets have a closed front and the belts are specially designed for curious kids. The knot is pre-sewn onto the belt and the belts are secured with velcro on the side, making them easily adjustable and out of reach of little hands.
Use and Availability of the Baby Gi
When children are at the early infant age they are obviously not practicing any armbars or heel hooks so the gi can be worn simply for playing in the yard or just casually around the house.
What was once inspired from a gift has now grown into a booming business that has been featured in mixed martial arts magazines and sites across the globe.
The baby gi is now available in 28 different countries and can easily be purchased at Amazon.com or babygi.com Cost of the gi is $29.90 Berglind told U.S. Combat Sports that she is currently working on making new products that include larger sizes.
Size info for Baby Gi and belts
Given sizes are in centimeters (European sizes) and inches, and show baby's height. Please note that the age is estimated and it is always safest if you know the height of the baby or toddler.
- 62 (24.4 in) 0-3 months
- 68 (27 in) 3-6 months
- 74 (29 in) 6-9 months
- 80 (31 in) 9-12 months
- 86 (34 in) 1 - 1 1/2 years
- 92 (36.2 in) 1 1/2 - 2 years
Belts come in two sizes:
- Small: Fits Baby Gi sizes 62-68-74
- Medium: Fits Baby Gi sizes 80-86-92
Photos from babygi.com