Veni Vidi Vici “The Guardian” Kimono Review
by Tony Peranio WBBJJ.com
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?
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
I hope you all enjoyed the review!
– Tony Peranio WBBJJ