ProForce® Karate Pants Buying Guide

The Karate gi provides both comfort and flexibility, and for karate pants, you cannot beat ProForce® Karate Pants from AWMA, a leading manufacturer of martial arts apparel and accessories. These high-quality karate pants are durable and will serve you well through your intense training sessions and competitions.

Getting an Excellent Fit

Your karate pants should fit correctly to provide you with the necessary comfort and flexibility. Tighter pants may work against you by limiting your movement. Excessively baggy pants may reduce your flexibility and slow your movement. ProForce® karate pants are available in different sizes, depending on your waist and height.

Lightweight ProForce® karate pants range from size 00 to size 7, almost similar to the ProForce® Gladiator 8-ounce combat pant that lies within the range of sizes 0 to 7. The heavyweight ProForce® Gladiator 14-ounce karate pant with traditional drawstring ranges between size 2 and 7. The approximate height for each size is:

• Size 2: 4 feet, 9 inches to 5 feet, 1 inches
• Size 3: 5 feet, 1 inches to 5 feet, 5 inches
• Size 4: 5 feet, 5 inches to 5 feet, 9 inches
• Size 5: 5 feet, 9 inches to 6 feet, 1 inches
• Size 6: 6 feet, 1 inches to 6 feet, 3 inches
• Size 7: 6 feet, 3 inches and taller

When purchasing karate pants, it is important to determine whether the pants offer a good fit or not; if you are placing an online order, refer to the sizing chart provided after taking your measurements.


The two main materials used for karate pants are cotton and polyester. Despite being more expensive, cotton is preferable because it is more durable. It is also lighter and more comfortable than polyester pants. Polyester karate pants are not uncommon for new karate participants because they are more affordable than cotton alternatives. ProForce® karate pants are available in cotton and polyester materials. ProForce® Gladiator 8-ounce combat pants are designed from cotton/polyester twill blend, while ProForce® Gladiator 14-ounce karate pants are made from 100-percent cotton.


Lightweight karate pants, commonly worn by children and beginners, weigh between 6 to 8 ounces. Middleweight karate pants weigh between 10 and 12 ounces and are more durable than the lightweight variety. Middleweight pants are used by students at the intermediate level. They may also be used by advanced students who prefer lighter karate pants. Heavyweight karate pants weigh between 14 and 16 ounces and are made from double weave or heavy cotton twill. They are most often used by advanced students, who prefer the maximum durability provided by these pants.


When planning to purchase a karate pant, it is prudent to familiarize yourself with two main karate cuts: European cut and Japanese cut. The freedom of movement determines the difference in cut. The Japanese cut is characterized by shorter sleeves and pants combined with a longer jacket. The European cut, with its long sleeves and pants, is the opposite of the Japanese cuts. These karate pants are cut extra long with a hem, thus providing the required flexibility for training and competitions.

You do not have to begin with the advanced type of karate pants since the first pants that you purchase will likely not be your last pair. As a beginner, it is advisable that you buy karate pants that are appropriate for your level.

Karate pants are an essential part of a practitioner's training. When training or competing, ensure that you have the necessary attire to accompany your karate pants, such as a jacket (uwagi) and belt (obi). The ProForce® karate apparel we offer at AWMA is a wise choice as our sets combine quality with comfort and durability.


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