The Karategi Kaiten Shiro is the first Gi to begin in karate.
The main features are comfort, lightness, tactile pleasure and freedom of movement.
In this first stage of adaptation it is important that the karategi is hard and resistant to allow them to play, stretch and resist the exercises that the instructor poses on the tatami.
It is also resistant to washing, on average twice a week. It also has pre-cut sleeves and trousers so children won’t drag them down.
Buying it is one of the best options if you are looking for a comfortable, resistant and light karategi to introduce your children to karate.
How to choose the size of the SHIRO karategui?
The karategui models SHIRO and ECO-2 are karateguis for beginners, white 100% cotton karate suits with white belt included.
They are thin but sturdy karateguis that last a long time and are intended to be the child’s first karate suit, so it is very important that he/she feels comfortable in them.
The Karategui weighs about 6 ounces (about 170g), has a tight fit and shrinks about 4cm so we recommend choosing a size 10cm above the Karate practitioner’s height. But if you are a very slim person, it is better to adjust to the same height.
For example, if a boy or girl who is going to start Karate is 145cm tall but is very, very slim, then we would select size 140cm, whereas if he or she is of medium build it would be best to choose size 150cm. If it is the case of a wide build, who is a very strong child, then we can even consider size 160cm.
Always bear in mind that it will shrink in length when washed, but not in width. Therefore, it is important that, before washing, we check that the width is correct, because the length of the trousers, jacket and sleeves will shrink during washing.
Below is a size chart for the Shiro model, very similar to the Eco2. The difference is that the Eco-2 model weighs one ounce more (approximately 28g), the fabric is 7 ounces (198g) instead of 6 (170g). The shrinkage and cut is the same, so we recommend using Shiro up to size 160 or 170cm and move on to the Eco for beginners who would already be using size 170cm and upwards.