In Aikido we wear white keikogis (or simply "gis"). These are Japanese training uniforms consisting of a jacket, trousers and a belt.
In our dojo we wear a plain white keikogi without any decorative stripes, embroidery or flashy brand patches. The uniforms usually have a unisex standard cut, with the size depending on your height. For beginners, gis with a medium weight are best suited. You start with a white belt.
We recommend looking for special aikido uniforms when buying. Nowadays, there is a wide range of these available from various dealers. Entry-level models start at about 50 EUR. ginkgo-budo.com is a local manufacturer from Frankfurt whose uniforms we are buying quite regularly. You should also be able to buy or order uniforms from local sports shops.
Keikogis last for a few years if you take good care of them (wash them at 30-40 degrees Celsius). If you practise regularly or plan to attend seminars, we would strongly advise you to get a spare set.
Please do not wear cosmetics during practice and wash yourself before class. Deodorants in particular can discolour the uniforms in the long run.
Please always bring sandals or slippers to class - the dojo should not be entered with street shoes.