When starting out, a t-shirt and sweatpants are usually fine. You can purchase a karate uniform (gi) at any time, but most clubs require a uniform to test for the rank of 7th kyu. Sleeves and pants should be hemmed or rolled so we can see your wrists and ankles when you’re training.
SKA students typically wear a plain white cotton gi with no patches, insignia, or other markings. You may be used to seeing stripes on belts, school logos splashed across the back, and a variety of other decorations but we believe that solid fundamental techniques, crisp and powerful movement, and strong posture are the best way to “mark” ourselves and make our affiliation and skill level known to others.
SKA karate-dō is about the performance – not the paint job.