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    I have a new gi that is the right size for my frame based on a uniform chart.

    Obviously the gi will shrink in the wash but is there a "right" length for the sleeves and pants of a kenpo gi?

    From review of traditional karate sites I noticed that the sleeves and pants are a lot shorter than that of kenpo gi's.

    Also, I can not sew, is there a place I should take my gi to have the patches sewn on? Where can I find the proper measurements for where my patches should be placed?

    Thank you for any help/suggestions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lifespath View Post
    I have a new gi that is the right size for my frame based on a uniform chart.

    Obviously the gi will shrink in the wash but is there a "right" length for the sleeves and pants of a kenpo gi?

    From review of traditional karate sites I noticed that the sleeves and pants are a lot shorter than that of kenpo gi's.

    Also, I can not sew, is there a place I should take my gi to have the patches sewn on? Where can I find the proper measurements for where my patches should be placed?

    Thank you for any help/suggestions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lifespath View Post
    I have a new gi that is the right size for my frame based on a uniform chart.

    Obviously the gi will shrink in the wash but is there a "right" length for the sleeves and pants of a kenpo gi?

    From review of traditional karate sites I noticed that the sleeves and pants are a lot shorter than that of kenpo gi's.

    Also, I can not sew, is there a place I should take my gi to have the patches sewn on? Where can I find the proper measurements for where my patches should be placed?

    Thank you for any help/suggestions.
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    There are "rules" regarding patch placement. See your instructor about that. Any tailor or dry-cleaners can do the sewing for you.

    I always have my sleeves hemmed up to be short since it seems the only two options are long or completely sleeveless.
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    Doctor John,

    I am visualizing you with a needle and thread. Is that speed stitching?

    I am most Respectfully,
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    As Crippler said ther are rules in most schools on the placement of Patches., Ask your instructor about it. It might save you having it done twice.

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    I have decided that all Kenpo gis, today, are too long. When I purchase a new gi, I take it to a tailor, Peter the Tailor, and have him take four or five inches off the sleaves and pant leg.

    As for the patches, I do them myself.

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    Default Re: Measurements for gi

    I get my sleeves tagged up about 4 inches, so that the sleeves end about one inch below my elbows, but that is just personal preference.

    I have been sewing patches on since I was in Boy Scouts, so sewing a couple on isn't a big deal, of course we aren't a real patch happy school, we only require one patch.

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    Thank you for all the replies.

    I have spoken with my instructor, received his input and I am good to go.

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    Default Re: Measurements for gi

    Quote Originally Posted by Lifespath View Post
    I have a new gi that is the right size for my frame based on a uniform chart.

    Obviously the gi will shrink in the wash but is there a "right" length for the sleeves and pants of a kenpo gi?

    From review of traditional karate sites I noticed that the sleeves and pants are a lot shorter than that of kenpo gi's.

    Also, I can not sew, is there a place I should take my gi to have the patches sewn on? Where can I find the proper measurements for where my patches should be placed?

    Thank you for any help/suggestions.
    As for the sleeves or the gi top. The sleeve should just hit the base of the thumb at about the wrist. As for the gi pants length they should be just short enough that they do not interfere when kicking or getting into any stances (which differs from person to person). But if you need to have them altered then look for anyone that advertises that they do alterations on military uniforms. They will have the right tools to alter and sew on a gi as well. And, they will know about tappering and angling in order for them to fall right on the instep and heel areas.
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