Karate-gi (aka Keikō-gi)
A keikō-gi ("training clothes") or karate-gi ("karate clothes") is the fundamental item that participants in our karate classes must acquire as soon as possible after enrolling in class. The karate-gi consists of three parts: the uwagi (jacket), zubon (trousers), and obi (belt).
Although newcomers may participate in class for up to two months wearing normal, loose fitting workout clothing, a karate-gi is required for participation after that, and no participant is eligible for promotion in rank unless and until he or she has acquired a karate-gi conforming to AAU and Seishin-Kan standards.
AAU and Seishin-Kan
The karate-gi must be kept clean, in good repair, and odor-free. Anyone with an excessively dirty, damaged, or malodorous gi will be barred from class participation.