André Galvao wearing the YUREI during his Worlds 2017 Gold Medal performance
The YUREI gi is Maeda Brand’s specified “competition gi”. The name YUREI means a traditional Japanese Ghost who would rather kill then scare, indestructible and all powerful, they are a force of nature.
While that description could accurately describe Maeda Brand athlete André Galvao, you probably won’t become a force of nature whilst wearing the gi, but as a competition gi you can’t go wrong! The gi is 100% IBJJF legal and has been used at the very highest level - with Black belt World Champions wearing it on their way to victory!
The jacket feels light but very durable. Made with a 500GSM pearl weave, and with extra reinforcement in stress areas such as the knees and armpits to avoid any risk of tearing during those hard sparring sessions.
One nice touch on the gi is Maeda Brand’s patented 'Coolmax’ lining on the shoulders and side vents. During competition training the gi didn’t feel heavier and felt a lot cooler throughout the session then previous gis I have worn.
Personally, the only negative I faced were the rip-stop pants being slightly baggy! A big issue facing BJJ practitioners is gi drying, and the YUREI performs well here, after washing and leaving out to hang dry in a cold mid-winter house, it was dry within 24 hours.
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Small details such as the well-made and durable drawstrings along with the jacket's reinforced weak points shows the gi is built to last. This isn't a "competition only" kind of gi, it's built to go through the endless competition rounds of preparation too!
Apart from the A3 pants being slightly baggy for me personally (Usually wearing an A2L at 6'2 and 93kg) the jacket felt perfectly cut, and there was hardly any shrinkage after washing at the recommended settings!
With the gi being an excellent cut, it is comfortable to roll in, and due to the ‘Coolmax’ lining it keeps you cool during training. It's hard to be critical of the comfort even at a heavy 500GSM!
A minimalist design leaving a lot of room for personal patching, the branding on the shoulder as well as the Maeda Brand small embroideries on the tail is a classy touch to the solid gi.
A strong competition kimono, while slightly pricey at £114.99 compared to competitor competition kimonos such as the Kingz Comp 450 V5 which is priced at £99.99; with the YUREI you are paying for that extra durability.