So... here's how I'm perceiving what you're saying: I'm new to a particular community and don't know the etiquette/protocol, and I ask questions that are offensive to the community that I'm new to. That must mean that I'm some socially awkward dork that can get easily get sonned, right? But because everyone here ended up finding out that that's not the case, they're mad at me for "not knowing my place." I say "good." But drop bear is saying that if he was in my position, he would allow himself to get sonned and is suggesting that I do the same. Not happening. Anyhow, as an update... I did buy three new gis. I bought two 14 oz Fuji gis; they ended up being WAY too heavy (they feel like body armour), but I ended up keeping one (I'm sure I'll have a use for it) and sent the other one back. I then followed up by ordering two 9.5 oz Ronin gis, and I'm happy with them. The white belts that came with them are of much better quality than the one that came with the free gi - not that it matters now, because I made gold last night. And the gold belt that was given to me is of good enough quality that I won't be seeking to replace it.