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DaFirma Black Gold Kimono

Back Story

I remember when there weren’t “BJJ ” gis. You had to train in a judo gi. Then manufacturers started popping up and making a change here or there; more form-fitting, grip-reducing gis became the standard. Then competition guidelines forced more changes in design and fabrication. Certain companies jumped out in front as the industry leaders, other companies followed suit, and today there are so many companies with comparable products it is difficult to tell where to purchase a gi any longer.

I was a die-hard Atama man, but after becoming dissatisfied with their service and quality, I began looking elsewhere. I found some brands I was really impressed with, and I started to see some trends I could actually get behind. And as is the case with our rapid-pace social media driven society, many gi companies began to resemble each other, making it difficult for one to stand out over another. And then I found DaFirma Kimono Company.

DaFrima Kimonos

When I created the moniker of Knight BJJ for use of seminars and such, I started looking not just for a quality gi company, but one that would create me a custom product. I happened upon DaFirma Kimono Company in its relative infancy, and honestly, I didn’t know much about them. After a couple of correspondences via phone and email, I was blown away by the careful consideration and professionalism exhibited by Ricardo Tubbs, the owner of the company. His courtesy alone made me want to give him my business. And then, when I saw the level of detail he put into his work, I knew I had made the right selection.

But I will be honest: because of the smaller scale and newness of DaFirma, the quality, while very good, wasn’t quite on par with the major names in the business. There were little odds and ends that the big boys pulled off a bit better. I mentioned a couple of things to Ricardo, because I saw the potential of his company, and before I even got out any concerns I had, he had already been working on these exact things. These days, anyone would be hard-pressed to find any details that don’t rival or exceed any gi manufacturer out there. Not only this, but the DaFirma line of rash guards and shorts are right up there with the gi quality now as well!

Some of the things that are most note-worthy of the DaFirma Kimonos are as follows:

IMG_3844 (2)100% Preshrunk Cotton
EVA Foam Collar
Contrasting Color Stitching
Reinforced at Every Stress Point
Triple stitched at all Stress Points

Preshrunk Ripstop Pants
6 Point Belt Loop System
Nylon Rope drawstring
Reinforced Stress Points
Triple Stitched Across all Stress Points

New flex panel material for pant crotch

And many more details I haven’t named here.

Each gi is crafted with careful precision to competition guidelines, making sure they are comfortable and fitting. And speaking of fit, check out the sizes offered and let me know anyone else who is this accommodating to the measurements of the customer:

Kimono Shop and Sizing Charts

In conclusion, I didn’t write this because there is anything in it for me. I wrote¬†this to help people searching for a great gi find that great gi. I also wrote this, because I believe that business can be both professional and successful while being polite and¬†courteous. It is a joy for me to see DaFirma Kimono Company grow and thrive without once sacrificing integrity and character. If you haven’t given them a try, you should!

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If you want to understand something completely, study its inverse. This is the idea behind reverse engineering and can be seen in so many things we become proficient with, if even subconsciously. More simply put: if you want to be a good writer, read a lot. If you want to be good at winning, you have to be prepared to lose a lot.

Jiu-Jitsu is a beautiful illustration of this principle because the more you get caught in chokes and locks, the better you become at them. When you get caught in a certain choke 5, 10, 200 times, you tend to notice the patterns of what lead to it and what your opponent did to secure it. Next, you notice that you get caught less and less by that choke. Finally, you begin to notice where you have opportunities to set up the choke yourself. Eventually, you become proficient in the execution of that choke. Beautiful!

Many things work like this. I imagine that if I (with admittedly no mechanical inclination or aptitude) were to dissemble and reassemble a car enough times, I would be able to troubleshoot it issues with that car and take measures to improve its performance. So I could become a mechanic in that way. Or exchange “car” for “human” and I could in that way, given enough time and resources become a medical professional. With instruments, a musician; with paints, an artist, etc.

Why jiu-jitsu works as such a brilliant elucidation of this, however, is that there is a sense of urgency that makes your mind and body fire rapidly, enhancing this experience and fast-tracking the analysis process. The techniques and positions with which I am most proficient were all born out of necessity and repetition, whether voluntary or involuntary.

So what to do with this information? What I have learned to do is tap. If I want to get better at a move, I find someone who can do it and let them catch me, with me offering different levels of resistance or defense to the move. If I want to be adept at a move that no one around me is versed in then I have to go old school and rep it out, initially feeling my way in the dark with it. But then, I plant seeds. I show everyone I can my new pet move, let them play with it and return later to that person in hopes they will try to catch me with it. And when they try…I let them.

This is reason number 1 million, why ego is the biggest obstacle to progress in jiu-jitsu. But if you have learned to relinquish your ego, train selfishly and selflessly, and have a true desire to get deeper into the essence of the technique and not just ride the superficial wave of victory vs defeat, then maybe try this method if you haven’t already.

 

 

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