So, in my dojo, we're not really required to wear our gi's. I mean yes, it is required that we wear our belt, but Sensei isn't adamant about everything else. He prefers that we at least wear black or camo pants, but nothing else. Normally, we wear gi pants and a regular tee-shirt during the summer, and in winter we wear the gi top, but my pants tore and so I've been using my old pair of black jeans, with no complaints from anyone. Back when I trained in BJJ, my instructor specifically ordered a particular gi for me, I never really understood why he singled me out, but I trusted him, so I wore it. It was THE heaviest gi I'd ever seen. The shoulders were rigged with something so that it would be even heavier, and I felt over-heated almost all the time. The pants themselves were even heavy. I know most of you are thinking he got me a durable gi, but it was more than just durable, it was literally MEANT to be heavy. I looked around at my fellow students, wearing lightweight gi's, and taking them off if they got overheated. I attempted once, and only once, to remove my gi top to cool myself down. My instructor instantly jumped at me and told me to put it back on, making me promise not to take the gi top off at all while I trained with him. Looking back on it now, I guess I can assume that the reason he gave me that gi was because I was the runt of the litter (considerably shorter, weaker and underweight compared to the rest of the class) and he wanted me to build up some muscle. I don't resent him for it, and enjoyed the experience so much that I still take out the old gi every once in a while and train in it. So, does anyone else have similar stories about weighted gi's, or do you have a favorite gi you want to talk about? I want to hear so that I can design a custom one for myself. Welcome to Pimp Your Gi!