Jiu Jitsu Belt Buying Guide

In Jiu Jitsu, as in other martial arts, belts are the traditional way to visually communicate a wearer's approximate skill and experience level. Belts are also important because they symbolize group cohesion and collective focus on the sport. The ProForce® Jiu Jitsu belts that we carry at AWMA are high-quality, featuring sleek, strong stitching that lasts. Jiu Jitsu belts are available in a wide range of sizes and colors to suit your needs as you continue training and progressing.

Getting a Good Fit

Color may be the most noticeable aspect of Jiu Jitsu belts, but selecting the right size is essential. Your belt should be long enough to tie and have the ends be clearly visible but shouldn't be so long that it obstructs your movement or causes you to trip. A waist measurement above the hips should be taken to find the correct belt size. ProForce® Jiu Jitsu belts come in many sizes for both kids and adults. Remember that a wider belt results in a larger knot, which means that a slightly longer belt may be required. Refer to the sizes below when choosing your belt:

• Small: K0, K1
• Medium: K2
• Large: K3
• X-Large: K4

• A1: 28-inch to 30-inch waist
• A2: 31-inch to 33-inch waist
• A3: 34-inch to 36-inch waist
• A4: 37-inch to 40-inch waist
• A5: 41-inch to 42-inch waist

Quality vs. Fabric vs. Style

The various materials, sizes and colors of Jiu Jitsu belts provide options for those in search of the best belt to suit their needs. ProForce® belts prioritize quality of craftsmanship, allowing wearers to focus on their training and competition and not whether their belt is staying tied or fraying. You can choose from belts that are 100-percent cotton or a blend consisting of 65-percent polyester and 35-percent cotton. Belts come in a variety of colors.

• Quality: Jiu Jitsu belts come in eight- or six-line stitching for maximum durability. The stitches ensure that belts remain flat and crisp during active use and won't fold or buckle. Extra stitching also makes the belts less susceptible to fraying. The black ProForce® patches are a testament to the quality construction of each item.

• Fabric: The benefit of choosing 100-percent cotton belts is that it is a natural fiber that's more breathable. However, belts blended with polyester offer additional durability and less shrinkage during machine washing and drying. Choose fabric composition based on personal preferences and specific conditions of use.

• Style: Belts are available in a variety of colors as you graduate from one skill level to the next. In general, beginners start with a white belt and advanced practitioners use a brown and then a black belt, once that status has been reached. Other colors are used for intermediate levels.

Quality Construction

Jiu Jitsu belts are typically used in the most active martial arts settings and are subject to effects of heat and moisture from sweat. Choosing a belt that is made of quality materials and construction is vital to ensuring that your belt stays intact and functional during use. This gives you the peace of mind to focus on your practice and not your equipment.

Buy or Borrow?

As a serious Jiu Jitsu practitioner, you will want to own your own belt. As you put work into your training and gain experience, you will be awarded stripes and promotions by your instructors. Your belt will reflect your efforts and accomplishments. Borrowing belts in lieu of purchasing them is not suitable for the serious Jiu Jitsu practitioner; however, for someone going to their first class or someone who isn't sure they will continue training beyond a few classes, borrowing a belt may be an appropriate option.

Jiu Jitsu Practice

Jiu Jitsu is an active sport involving grappling and rigorous ground fighting. AWMA ProForce® belts are designed to meet the high demands of training and competition, giving users the peace of mind to focus on their performance, not whether their belts will hold up under stress. Belts can be purchased along with other products, such as the ProForce® Ultra Duffel Bag, Achievement Star Patches, ProForce® Belt Keychain, and Authentic Belt Keychain.


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