Mizuno Rickson Gracie
Yes, but not for practice.
Put it on a frame and hang it on your wall
Great design and a great addition for your collection
Rickson Gracie is one of the most famous member of the Gracie family. He is son of Grand Master Helio Gracie and responsible for spreading Brazilian Jiujitsu to the world. He started Brazilian Jiujitsu at a very young age and received his black belt at age 18.
Rickson competed in international tournaments like Pride and Vale Tudo and those made him a Legend of the Sport. He has an offical record of 10×0 (he never lost an official match).
If you haven’t yet, this is a great documentary made a couple of years ago, you should watch. It’s called CHOKE – A Rickson Gracie Documentary and it shows one of the Vale Tudo Japan tournaments. There’s a lot of backstage interviews and footage. You’ll be able to check out the preparation before and between the fights. At the time, the Vale Tudo was done in one day, so the same fighter could ended up with SEVERAL fights on the same night. It’s a very interesting and highly recommended documentary:
Mizuno Rickson Gracie Signature gi
I’m sure you know who Rickson Gracie is, so let’s talk about what I have here to show you: About 10 years ago Mizuno made a special signature Gi for him, the Mizuno Rickson Gracie. It was based on the Mizuno Conquest Judo Gi but with a few modifications:
The sleeves are shorter than the original Mizuno Conquest. Also, the material is heavier and stronger. The lapel is thicker and the pants have reinforcements on the knee area.
In one of the sleeves, you’ll find Rickson Gracie’s emblem (an open triangle) and on the back the same emblem is shown embroidered in the center.
The rest is pretty much the same for the regular Conquest Judogi, which was a great gi model. If you are familiar with the “new” BJJ gi’s you’ll find this one is a little strange as you don’t get ripstop pants, no single panel jacket and no fancy patches.
As far as I know, this is the first signature kimono made for a Brazilian Jiujitsu athlete.
This model is not made anymore. I just have one unit that is still in the original plastic bag and it will never will be worn.
If you like kimonos and Brazilian Jiujitsu you are a fan of Rickson and you’ll appreciate an item like this one. It’s a collector’s item for sure.
This is a very heavy duty Gi that is made to last a long time. Mizuno were not thinking about the weight of it or how it looks, it was all about quality and functionality. If I ever get another one of these I will most definitely give it a try at class. I’m sure it will feel quite different.
The two material jacket is very similiar to the ones that are mandatory at the International Judo Federation. If you’re not familiar with it, it will feel and look strange.
Also, make sure you watch this great video that Rickson made for Citizens of Humanity, a non profit organization. They want to bring Jiujitsu to kids as a growing, developing and educational tool.
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