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.
Find out how to tie a belt knot in our step-by-step instructions and in this YouTube video.
Please always bring sandals or slippers to class - the dojo should not be entered with street shoes.