Progress JJ is one of the premier Gi brands in the world, based out of Manchester England. Their flagship kimono is their M6 Gi, and they recently released the Mark 4 version of this kimono. As always this kimono is 100% IBJJF legal so can be used for both competition and training. Here's our review of Progress JJ's standard kimono.
With a 450gsm Jacket, 10oz Cotton twill trousers and vulcanised rubber lapel, the M6 Mark 4 was built to last. Personally i have had my M6 for over a year using it twice a week, with it being my favourite kimono and it is still in great condition ! It seems the new Mark 4 has continued the trend of being a durable gi, as i still use the Mark 2 as my competition kimono lasting 6 years.
The Mark 4 has a great competition cut, and after washing has minimal shrinkage, perfect for competition offering opponents little to grip all while being competition legal.
Despite not marketed as a lightweight kimono, the kimono doesnt feel heavy to wear and is very easy to move around in. The cotton pants are also extremely comfortable offering a lot of movement.
The M6's offers three colourways with the blue and black kimonos having patches which blend in with the Gi, probably the first on the market to have this styling. The Progress Patches are high quality embroideries, on the arms and pants. While on the inside of the Gi the mantra of 'without struggle there is no progress' is vinyl printed, this print is very heavy duty, built to last.