Maeda design, nice colors
poor material, very expensive
There’s not much to “review” about a t-shirt, but I think it would be good to share my thoughts about the material, size, and other little details since it’s a nice item from Shoyoroll.
This is a special shirt that came together with the Shoyoroll Batch 11: “The Count” Maeda Edition Kimono.
Mitsuyo Maeda is considered one of the founders of Brazilian Jiujitsu, and he was Jigoro Kano’s student. At first, Maeda traveled all over the world to challange combatants of other martial arts. He also wanted to show how effective his Judo was. Later, he then moved to Brazil and met the Gracie family and … the rest is history.
Funny fact is he ended up a naturalized Brazilian and changed his name to Otávio Maeda. He was also known as the “Count” of combat and “Toughest man who ever lived” because of all the combats that he won while demonstrating the Kosen Judo to the world.
Check out this quick documentary about him. I’ll add more info about him and his contribution to the creation and development of Brazilian Jiujitsu when I finish my review of the Shoyoroll Maeda Kimono. Stay tuned!
You can still buy this shirt as a stand alone item at the Shoyoroll store for $25.
Shoyoroll decided to use a very thin and light fabric for this shirt, it reminds me a lot shirts from American Appel. On the sleeves the stitches are doubled, which separate this shirt from the cheap ones. The bad part: It’s cotton, there is no elasticity to it. I really thought that they would use a material with some Lycra, I really like shirts like that, but this one is 100% cotton. So it will shrink a good bit and it will not fit your body nicely.
I do not like the fit of the Maeda Shoyoroll T-shirt. Like I mentioned before, for me not having lycra in a shirt is a deal breaker. Especially if its a sporty shirt where I would expect it to have a fitted design. For me, it looks like they just decided to make this shirt last minute and concentrated so much on the Maeda Kimono design (which is GREAT), but forgot about putting some thought on the shirt. The same seems to have happened with the Shoyoroll Batch 11: “The Count” Maeda Edition GI BAG where the quality is VERY poor. Also, there is an unforgivable MISSPELLING mistake on it! However, we will talk about it when the full Kimono review is out.
It looks good. It is square and plane, but the logos on the front are nice. There are some small details on shirt: one is where the tag would be (behind the neck) and the other is on the bottom of the shirt, there is a small Shoyoroll logo embroidered on it. Again, nothing too special.
I was expecting a much more elaborate shirt considering the level of detail of the Shoyoroll, The Count, Gi, so I’m disappointed.
To consider this was supposed to be a limited edition shirt and which carries Maeda’s name on it. Shoyoroll should have put some extra thought on the creative process, quality of material and details. Also, you can still get this shirt at their online store which makes this item a NOT limited edition. Be prepared to pay $25 + Shipping. I feel this is a very expensive price for a regular shirt.