(Gi Review) Veni Vidi Vici “The Guardian” Kimono

 

Veni Vidi Vici “The Guardian” Kimono Review

by Tony Peranio WBBJJ.com

 

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INTRODUCTION

 

I like to enjoy the finer things in life. Fine food, fine wine and fine clothing make life worth living. If you practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu your aesthetic “swagger” is determined by the Kimono that you wear. Many people wear the same cookie-cutter gi. We all know the one. I will not mention any company names but if you type “BJJ Gi” into Amazon or Ebay it will be among the first returned in the query.

 

“Veni Vidi Vici” is latin for, “I came, I saw, I conquered.”

 

These kimonos are fine for beginners just entering the sport. (I am sure there are those of you who will tell me that you have worn the same gi that you bought on Ebay, from white belt to black belt. Then with that same gi you went on to win IBJJF Worlds. I get it.) However, some of us like to embrace our individuality on the mats. We like to perform to our maximum ability, while looking great doing it. Some of us like to have different gis for different occasions. If you find yourself in the gi more often than not, why would you not invest in the best? And if you have the expendable money, why would you not indulge in a nice repertoire of kimonos to suit your different fancies?

 

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SUMMARY

 

Veni Vidi Vici’s “The Guardian” kimono is their flagship product. You can tell they took a significant amount of time in both design and manufacturing. The Jacket’s material is light and flexible. There is a built-in rashguard which has a cooling effect and also keeps your skin safe by preventing friction. The embroidery is gorgeous and inspirational. The pants are durable and have two handy easter eggs. One is a mouthguard pocket hidden inside of the pants and the crotch is a special elastic material which guarantees that there will be no ripping.

 

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FIT

 

“The Guardian” kimono fit me like a glove. I have the A3. I am 5’8 and 200 lbs. The gi fit perfectly although I will have the pants hemmed. This is no fault of the design though, merely my build.  I am very flexible and was able to lay up some nasty head level karate kicks that were uninhibited by the pants (smiles). “The Guardian” definitely felt similar to a tailor-fitted suit.

 

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DESIGN

 

The design category is where “The Guardian” really rockets ahead of the competition. This kimono is designed to make you standout. I wore the gi for two weeks before writing this review. Everyone who saw me in it commented on how slick the gi looked. Everyone wanted to touch it and get a closer look at the embroidery to evaluate the lofty messages of inspiration contained therein.

 

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JACKET

 

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The jacket is a lightweight 450gsm soft Golden Jacquard Weave Fabric. It is one-piece constructed and has no back seam. The stitching is white and remarkably straight! The seams are heavily reinforced. There is no way someone is going to rip this jacket. It has an EVA foam collar and a tailored fit. The rashguard woven inside makes the kimono feel as smooth as silk to the skin.

 

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PANTS

 

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The pants are made from 12oz drill cotton. There is a 4 way stretch crotch gusset which guarantees that the crotch will not tear on us flexible folks. There is a stretch rope drawstring and 2 LOGO ONE PIECE loop systems. There is also reinforced double layer knee padding. The pants are tailored fit with white stitching and heavily reinforced seams. Finally, there is a convenient mouthguard pocket stitched into the waist of the pants (pictured below).

 

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PERFORMANCE IN ACTION

 

I have 9 kimonos currently. One of them is still sealed. I assumed that when I pulled this gi out of it’s sealed plastic, that I would have to wash it a few times to get it to soften up and be comfortable to roll in. I was floored at how soft the gi was coming out of the plastic.

 

I have lightweight, gold weave and pearl weave gi’s. This particular jacket material made me feel like Hugh Hefner in one of his infamous playboy mansion robes.

 

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After washing and drying the gi I wore it to BJJ class. It felt wonderful to roll in. It was light to wear and breathed incredibly well. To me those are the two most important factors of a gi. Also, something about the gi made it impossible to choke, or armbar me! Juuust kidding. But seriously though, I was able to move uninhibited and never felt weighted down or sluggish.

 

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I didn’t wear a rashguard to test the effect on my skin, to see if I felt that “sunburn” effect. There was nothing. My skin felt great.

 

CONCLUSION

 

If I would have been handed this gi, without having access to the pricing information, I would have guessed this gi to cost at least $220.00. I have another major brand gi that I spent $220.00 on and do not like nearly as much as this gi for $160.00 shipped! Other companies will sell you something and then jack up the shipping cost so they make extra money. Such is not the case with VVV Fight Co.

 

This is a great bargain for a great kimono that will last a LONG time. When I first started Jiu Jitsu I bought a cheap gi for $90.00. After 3 uses a hole appeared on the butt cheek of the pants. It is worth the extra money to get a durable gi that you can resell later if you find that Jiu Jitsu isn’t for you. If you love Jiu Jitsu, you will love the look and feel of this gi.

 

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Be sure to follow VVV fight Co. on Facebook and Twitter! Check out their entire line of products at www.vvvfightco.com

 

I hope you all enjoyed the review!

 

meTony Peranio WBBJJ

 

Metamoris 5 announced! Full fight card inside!

 

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Saturday, November 22, 2014 “The Gracie Hunter” Kazushi Sakuraba makes his return to competition to face MMA and BJJ legend Renzo Gracie at Metamoris 5!! These men faced each other in a brutal MMA bout at Pride 10 on August 27, 2000. Renzo in that battle fell victim to a nasty kimura by Sakuraba.

 

 

Also on this great 20 minute submission grappling card are:

Rory Macdonald (Metamoris misspelled his name on the banner below) vs J. T. Torres

Yuri Simoes vs Rafael Lovato JR.

Vinny Magalhaes vs Kevin Casey

Garry “The Lion Killer” Tonon vs Zak Maxwell

and another “Secret Match”!!

 

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WBBJJ at the James Foster & Renato Laranja Charity Seminar

 

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Seaside Oregon, the final stop of Lewis and Clark’s famous expedition, last month became the setting for an epic BJJ seminar. Featured were James “300” Foster and 27 time Mundial champion Renato “Xerxes” Laranja.  This was by no means going to be your everyday seminar.  The event was hosted by Zach and Nathan Adamson. The army of students that came to learn, were also joining forces to help support the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism.  Proceeds from the seminar, the open mat the evening prior, and the amazing product raffle all went directly to this great charity.

 

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(Photo by Todd Shaffer – Lewis and Clark statue faces westward toward the Pacific)

 

The night before the seminar the Adamson’s opened the door to their academy to host an open mat with Coach Foster and Zach Adamson.  Students from as far away as Idaho, Montana, and Pennsylvania joined with the Oregon locals for this once-in-a-lifetime session.  I was lucky enough to get an opportunity to roll with both black belts and I took away a great deal.

 

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(Photo by Todd Shaffer—Hand-painted mural that sets the tone as one walks into Seaside BJJ)

 

Coach Foster gave me some great new insights about things I do as a bigger guy (some might say husky) that could short change my technique. Many other points were driven home as I rolled with the much smaller Zach Adamson. His superb technique kept him safely out of my patented “Wafflemaker” series of techniques (stay tuned to wbbjj.com for the forthcoming DVD instructional).

The highlight of the open mat for me was to sit in on Coach Foster and Zach Adamson conversing about Keenan Cornelius’ recent “worm guard” innovations.  This open mat session revealed important themes that were to be underscored throughout the seminar by Coach Foster; namely the organic nature of Jiu Jitsu and the importance of training with, and learning from, a wide variety of resources.

 

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(Photo by Todd Shaffer – Professors Foster and Adamson starting a roll)

 

The day of the seminar arrived and the Academy was buzzing with activity.  The Adamson brothers rushed around handling the logistics of greeting everyone and making sure that everyone had their raffle tickets for the charity auction.  Many great sponsors such as Shoyoroll, Enzo Kimonos and Dojo Outfitters donated prizes. Chuck Palahniuk, the author of Fight Club also donated two autographed copies of the novel to be auctioned off.  Kill Cliff, who sponsor Coach Foster, also donated sports drinks for the attendees to enjoy during the seminar.

 

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(Photo by Caryn Brooks – Andy and Jose from Dojo Outfitters)

 

As the hour drew near for the seminar to begin, there was one very noticeable absence.  It was clear that the Adamson’s and Coach Foster were beginning to become concerned that Renato Laranja had not yet arrived.  It was finally decided that the seminar would begin without him.

 

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(Photo by Caryn Brooks – Coach Fosters opening remarks are interrupted by Renato Laranja)

 

Coach Foster began with some opening remarks welcoming everyone. While he was speaking, in walks the fashionably late Maestre and after an eerie reenactment of the famous scene between Xerxes and Leonidas in the movie “300”. Clearly this event had begun.

 

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(Photo by Caryn Brooks – Coach Foster is not alone)

 

During the seminar, Foster and Laranja traded techniques that complemented each other, but stemmed from two distinctly different philosophical approaches.  Coach Foster who placed emphasis on establishing positions that create openings and a “choose your own adventure” approach to one’s next move. Renato Laranja on the other hand took a “my way or the highways” approach and clearly expected the participants to do the move as instructed, otherwise “why was he there?” (a point he reminded us of frequently).

 

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(Photo by Caryn Brooks – Laranja attempts to usurp the seminar)

 

Coach Foster taught what he deems the “headquarters” position; where your opponent has opened their guard and you pressure their legs and hips to nullify sweeps and eventually move to pass their open guard.  After that, Renatch shared a very slick “shin on shin” block that opened up a knee slice pass.

 

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(Photo by Caryn Brooks – Renato Laranja advises participants to crop Coach Foster’s image from the seminar posters)

 

Like dueling guitarists trading scorching licks, these two went back and forth covering a variety of passing, escape, and submission techniques.  As the spotlight transitioned between the two, there would always be moments of brilliantly hilarious commentary.

 

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(Photo by Caryn Brooks – Here Renato demonstrates  a knee slice pass variation on the very grateful Nathan Adamson)

 

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(Photo by Caryn Brooks – Here Coach Foster brings pressure (and pain) to his partner to open up a variety of passing options)

 

At the closing of the seminar there was a short break. I was able to get a few minutes with Maestre Renato, introducing myself as Todd from White Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  I’m not going to lie, the feeling was icy until I clarified with Maestre Laranja that I was not the leader of “White Power” Jiu Jitsu.  He then  shared with me the importance of giving back to the community (“as long as there’s no child supportch”).

As participants we were treated to the raffling of many great prizes and pizza.  This was a great time to rub ‘tight elbows’ with all of the luminaries and get photos.

 

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(Photo by Caryn Brooks – Here a very brave, young fan asks Maestre Renato for some advice)

 

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(Photo by Caryn Brooks – Nathan Adamson, James Foster, Todd Shaffer, Renato Laranja, and Zach Adamson pose with a young seminar participant)

 

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(Photo by Caryn Brooks – Great seminar, great people, all for a great cause, The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism)

 

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(Photo by Todd Shaffer – Charity t-shirt signed by James Foster, Renato Laranja, Nathan Adamson, and Andy Hung of Dojo Outfitters)

 

All in all, the seminar was an amazing experience and it was great to represent White Belt BJJ and share in supporting such a great cause.  If you ever have an opportunity to attend a seminar led by any of these gentlemen, DO NOT HESITATE.  You will learn a great deal and come away with many new friendships in the process.

Special thanks to Adamson BJJ student Caryn Brooks who graciously shared her photos with WBBJJ for this article.  Caryn is a blue belt with the Adamsons and a black belt in photography.  We appreciate your help Caryn.

Make sure you take an opportunity to check out The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism and support if you can.

http://www.flutiefoundation.org/

For information on Maestre Renato’s seminars, like his Facebook page and message him for more information.

https://www.facebook.com/renato.laranja.5

For information on Coach James Foster’s seminars, like his Facebook page and message him for more information.  Also check out the interviews on WBBJJ.com with Coach Foster.

https://www.facebook.com/teamfoster

Don’t forget to like BJJ Seaside as well, the home of Nathan and Zach Adamson.  Also check out the Private Session we had with the Adamsons on WBBJJ.com.

https://www.facebook.com/orbjj

 

Todd

 Article by Todd Shaffer WBBJJ.com

 

(WBBJJ News) Todd Shaffer Earns Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu Association Silver Star

 

WBBJJ.com’s Todd Shaffer has been awarded the Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu Association Silver Star. This award is only given to the most loyal and dedicated students of the association. To be given this honor is emotionally akin to receiving a belt promotion.

 

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The meaning of a Silver Star for Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu:

 

The Silver Star is the highest decoration award from the Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu Association. You can achieve it by showing great competition skills, by being a role model student, supporting in projects, being a RJJ representative School or giving extraordinary contribution to the Jiu Jitsu World (Source).

 

Congratulations Brother!

 

(News) White Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is One Year Old Today!

 

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It was on this very day, one year ago that I decided to make a BJJ Fan Page. I would call it White Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, because I am a White Belt. Soon after I met the mighty Todd Shaffer. Now we have 25000 fans and followers across Facebook and Twitter. Crazy! So anyway, Happy Birthday to US!!

 

Thank you all for hanging out with us everyday! Thank you for all of the likes and shares, which help us grow, and thanks for always sending in your promotions and progress. We love to see your dreams unfold! #OSS #HappyBdayWBBJJ

 

meTony Peranio WBBJJ