Submit One Clothing is a smaller company but has sponsored a few big names without really being on anyone’s radar. I wasn’t able to find out a lot of information about the company online, or any reviews for their products. Seeing the price tag of $90 for a white gi and $100 for their blue model, I have to say I was intrigued being that they also look as if they’re based off the batch 6 of the ever so popular Shoyoroll gi’s. So I contacted the owner to get a little bit of information about the company.
When did Submit One as a company get started?
Submit One Clothing started in 2003 in Hawaii. I started making gi’s in 2004 with the same manufacturer that makes my gi’s today.
Wow, that’s a long time to be with a manufacturer.
Back then the only company that were making gi’s with them was Gameness USA. After my first set of gi’s, I found that back then they weren’t moving well because of the popularity of MMA. So I decided to stick to fight shorts, rash guards, shirts, etc…. I was just a small company within Hawaii with lots of sponsored guys in the islands.
Care to tell us who you’ve sponsored?
Mainland guys such as Sim Go of Cobra Kai JJ, Sonny Nohara of Drysdales JJ,and Matt Sanchez of Alpha Male just to name a few. I’ve also sponsored UFC fighters such as Kendal Grove, Thiago Alves, Justin Bucholz, and Doug Evans. I have been through a lot of up and downs in this business. But now I have decided to stick to what I love the most. Which is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I’ve decided to go back to making gi’s because I love to train in the gi.
Speaking of your gi’s, there’s not a lot of information about them online. Describe them for us.
My gi’s are light and strong. That’s why I’ve decided to go with the Pearl Weave at the 450 gram weight. The weight has a perfect strength and durability for training and competition. I think that anything less stretches and makes it harder to break opponents grips while they are grabbing your sleeves. I went with the 10oz pant because it is more comfortable and strong enough to withstand training and competition. All my decisions were not made on my own. It was from the feedback from my sponsored BJJ guys Sim Go, Sonny Nohara, and Kyle Olivares.
Every time I come out with something new, it is put through a test run by these guys before the initial manufacturing.
That’s a good team to have testing your products.
Besides the contrast stitching of your gi’s, they’re pretty clean design wise and super cheap as well.
A lot of people ask my why am I selling my gi’s so cheap and the quality is up there with the other more established brands out there. First of all, these set of gi’s (the white, blue, and black) will be my set gi’s which I intend to keep on the market as my basic all around gi’s. I already have a few designs at different weights and cut to be more of our competition and limited edition models.
Second, I would like to be competitive and put out a high quality gi at a lower cost to keep in competition with prices like Fuji, Howard, etc…. which are good gi’s but at a lower price.
And my gi’s are simple and not to busy. They also come with a woven patch that is not sewn on. I leave it up to the practitioner to put it on. Some like the clean look and some like it busy.
Good choice, lets talk about you. Care to tell us a little about the man behind the company?
Sure, I have been into martial arts for over 20 years. I started my martial arts training in 1989 in Kenpo Karate. I opened my own Kenpo School in 1997 under the guidance of Professor Nelson Endo of the Hawaii Chinese Kenpo.
I am currently a 7th degree black belt in Kenpo Karate. I still own that Kenpo school in Hawaii, but is ran by my black belt while I was relocating to Las Vegas about 4 months ago.
When did you start training in the gentle art?
I started my grappling back in 1998 under the guidance of Master Alan New of the Grapplers Circle which was a Combat Sambo school in affiliation with Igor Yakimov. I Then moved on to Brazililan Jiu-Jitsu in 2000 and trained with Professor Romolo Barros of Brazil who is a black belt under Rickson Gracie. In 2005 I suffered a blow to my left knee and had an ACL reconstruction, Meniscus removal, and an MCL repair. This set me aside for about 2yrs. I returned to the mats in 2008 and joined up with Professor Renato Charuto Verrisimo of Nova Uniao Hawaii, where I received my purple belt that I still hold today. So Ive been in BJJ for the last 12 years. I’m now training at Drysdales in Vegas.
That’s an awesome Journey. Back on the topic of Submit One Clothing, where can people check out your gear and purchase?
Since I’ve moved to Vegas I’ve been trying to rebuild my company so I have someone working on my site doing some reworking of my crappy out dated site. www.submitoneclothing.com is the site, but it’s way out dated. The only way right now to see my old product is to go to my old Myspace page. lol… who goes there anymore. haha…
Hahahaha, right. How do you sell product if your site is outdated?
Most of my sales come by word of mouth and FACEBOOK. I have brought in 3 shipment of gi’s in the last year and they have been moving very fast.
So facebook is the way to go, what’s that link and what’s the price on these gi’s?
and they’re $90 with shipping for the white one, and $100 for the blue one.
Thanks for taking time out to inform the masses about Submit One Clothing and I look forward to reviewing your gi’s and putting them through the ringer.
As you can see, they’re very competitively priced and have a good sense of design. Submit One Clothing could very well be good for the gi market. The Grapplers Review will see soon enough if the low price tag still holds true to the good quality they’re saying they have. Stay tuned for a review from Submit One Clothing coming in the near future…