Custom BJJ Gi Request Guide


Killer Bee BJJ Kimonos offers the consumer the ability to build a gi that fits them and looks exactly the way they want. For the most part submitting your request is an easy process but there are several facts that you need to be aware of when ordering a custom gi. This page serves to assist you during the ordering process.

First let’s begin with discussing the different packages we offer.

  1. KillerBeeGi Custom Gi Package: This is our flag ship custom gi that gives you many custom options for a beautiful gi at a fair price and in a reasonable amount of time, about 10-15 days from order date. (Usually we will ship within 7 business days.) You are able to modify the size dimensions for total sleeve length, gi top height as measured from base of collar to skirt end, total pant length and also your own custom embroidery.  *** We now include plus sizing options with a built in calculator. ***
  2. Custom Special Edition Gi: You can opt to have one of our new line of Special Edition gi’s modified to the sizing of your choice. We also offer limited stitching color choices. Next we will discuss the different materials used to make the pants and gi tops.

Gi Top Fabric:

  1. Scutellata Weave: This is your standard medium weight gold weave. About 550 GSM. It is softer when compared to the Ligustica weave but also retains more sweat while rolling. It is considered the most durable although all weaves we have are very durable. If you choose this fabric the shrinkage rate is about 5%. So add 5% to the desired measurement you want.  For example: Desired measurement: 70 Inches would equal (70* 1.05) = 73.50. The number 73.50 would be the value you enter so after washing and drying it will be ABOUT that much.
  2. Ligustica Weave: This is also a medium weight gi. About 525 GSM. It is our Carioca Weave/Double Pearl. It is only slightly lighter in weight when compared to the Scutellata Weave but holds less sweat when rolling, “feeling” lighter in weight because of it. It is not as soft though as the Scutellata Weave. This weave does not shrink as much.  Maybe 3-4% Estimate.
  3. Meliponini Weave:  About 500 GSM.  This is our basic Single Weave material. Lightest in weight, the softest of all the fabrics, and very breathable. Within BJJ circles Single weave is not considered the strongest of the weaves although we have not had ANY issues with ours. This weave does not shrink as much.  Maybe 2-4%.
  4. Anatolica Weave: This is our new Lite Weight material. About 350 GSM.  Strong and durable. This weave does not shrink as much.  Maybe 3-4%.

    All of our gi tops are constructed the same way regardless of fabric chosen.

Gi Pant Fabric:

  1. Heavy Duty Fabric: This is our most durable, canvas like fabric, used for our gi pants. It is heavy but is much more abrasion resistant than our RipStop gi pants. Feels heavy when sweaty. This is a 14 oz. weight fabric. 5% shrinkage estimate.
  2. RipStop Fabric: A popular fabric, it is lightweight and very breathable. If you buy white make a note not to wear darker underwear, as everyone else will know. The name is rather a misnomer. It is more prone to ripping than our other fabrics and the least abrasion resistant. We do use a heavier 10 oz. weight fabric. Estimate 5% shrinkage.
  3. Drill Cotton Fabric: This is our most comfortable pants. IMO. Soft material, abrasion resistant, and still breathable. We use a 9 oz. weight fabric. 5% shrinkage estimate.


All of our gi’s are made of 100% cotton. Cotton is a natural fiber that shrinks when washed and dried. Cotton also is an unstable fabric that shrinks and expands in relation to humidity. Please note the estimated shrinkage rates and calculate that into your measurements if needed.

Starting Out:

***DO THIS FIRST*** Before measuring, we will need to start out with a standard size to modify. Below are the general guidelines based on weight and height for the size gi you should start out with.
KillerBeeGi Size Chart10


Sleeve To Sleeve Measurement

You will need help to do this if you do not have an existing gi to use for reference. Have your arms extended out like an airplane.

Now have someone measure from the knuckle of your left hand, across the back, to the same position on the other hand.

If you already have a gi top that you like the fit of you can use that as well. Just remember to add about 5% to your value if you buy a Scutellata Weave gi top or about 3-4% if you buy an Anatolica, or the Ligustica gi top weave. This is because the custom gi will need to shrink a bit to about the length of what you want it to be.

Jacket Height

Measure from the base of your neck right where the large vertebrae bone is (C7 Disc), down do a desired length near the area just below your buttock. You will have to decide what is reasonable for your torso height. 

If you have an existing gi, then measure as follows. Measure from the base of the collar down to the end of the skirt. Add the appropriate measurement for shrinkage. 3-4% for Anatolica, Ligustica, or Meliponnini gi top weaves and 5% for Scutellata gi top weaves. This is because the custom gi will need to shrink a bit to about the length of what you want it to be.

Pant Height

Measure from where you wear your pants down to about 1 inch past your ankle bone. This will account for shrinkage.

If using an existing gi pant that you like the measurements for. Measure from the top of the pants all the way down to the cuff and add 5% to this measurement.


Look over everything and make sure it is as you want it.

Currently, wait times are about 15 business days from date of order for our standard custom gi, however we usually ship within 7 business day.