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HOW TO FOLD YOUR GI (UNIFORM)

WASH YOUR GI?

Some people believe that a gi should display their years of training.  They think that blood, grass, dirt, sweat or other stains are like merit badges.  However, that is not true.  In fact, many people will avoid training with someone whose gi indicates disease.  Further, a dirty gi suggests a lack of respect or discipline outside the dojo.  Do you get home from training, throw your gear in the corner and forget about it until the next class?  A gi can look experienced and clean.  Wash your gi!

HOW TO WASH A GI

A gi should be washed whenever contaminated by dirt or sweat.  You can hand or machine-wash your gi.  All it takes is hot water and soap.  Do nut use bleach, as it will weaken the cotton fibres of your gi.  Do not machine dry your gi either, or it will shrink, become stiff and loose its shape.

CARE OF YOUR OBI (BELT)

Avoid washing your obi as it will unset the dyes and lose it's shape.  Spot clean if necessary to remove soiling.