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SUITS AND BELTS

What material Hirota black belts do you import?
Available in Yohachi Cotton, Satin and Pure Silk.
What is the difference between the regular (normal width) and wide (special width) Hirota black belt?
• Original Yohachi - normal width (approx. 4cm) and thickness (approx 0.05cm).
• Special Yohachi - wider (approx 4.5cm) and thicker (approx. 0.07cm ).
• This belt has an extra thick inner (plus double outer).
Is the Pinack Hirota gi WKF approved?
Yes it is.
Which karate suit does Rika Usami wear please?
She wears the same as Antonio Diaz - Very Heavy weight Hirota gi (customised).
When a ready made gi is out of stock, why do I need to order one using the custom made option?
It is to allow you to order a label of your choice ie. JKA, SKIF etc. The cost is the same as the readymade one as long as you tick the “no thanks” box in the measurements screen.
Also, when out of stock, how long does it take to receive a ready-made gi or belt from Japan?
It takes approximately 1-2 weeks for ready-made gis and/or belts to be delivered to UK.
However, we cannot guarantee this as it depends on how busy Hirota is at the time of ordering.
Which gi is the male WKF world kata champion wearing?
Excellent news!!  The WKF World National Team have become Hirota’s customers. They are all wearing Hirota gis.
The Male and Female Kata world champions are wearing the very heavy weight gi (fully customised).
How Can I make a customised order ?
If you are not sure about your size, we recommend you check the sizing chart in our web site.
Please go to “Ordering help – Advice on Sizing” http://www.ichibaninternational.com/pages/advice-on-sizing , follow the diagram and scroll down the page to see the sizing chart.There you will see the full details of each size for the full karate suit. Compare the details of some sizes with the measurements of your suit and see which one would be ideal for you.
If you are happy with the measurements, except the length of the legs and arms, then you need to order the “part made to measure” gi. This will cost only £10.00 extra.
Alternatively you need to add or deduct measurements accordingly and order the customised gi.
Which gis are the JKA world famous instructors wearing?
They are all wearing the original Pinack (fully customised).
Are the ready made suits made of the new pinack material?
The ready made suits are made with Pinack Kumite material.
For the Pinack Kata, you should order the "Customised" suits from this web page http://www.ichibaninternational.com/products/customised-suit

What type of material do you recommend to have a belt not too stiff and rigid?
All our belts have made with excellent material.
The silk belt is softer than the other ones, but your choice may depend on your budget, because initially all the belts are a bit rigid, but when you use them a lot, the fabric will become softer.
Which material Mr Antonio Diaz (Kata Champion) wears?
He wears the Very Heavy weight Hirota gi (customised suit).
How do I know which is the correct length of the belt for me?
A good tip: when the belt is made up, lift both ends and ensure that they do not pass your chin. This is to prevent it from slapping your face when kicking.

To assist you could apply the following formula:
for the Regular belt (4cm width) :
• (Waist in cm) x 2 + 110 to 120 cm (depending on if you want a standard length belt or long hanging belt. This can in turn be dependent on the amount of embroidery.)

for the the Wide belt (4.5cm width):
• (waist in cm) x 2 + 120 to 130cm (depending on if you want a standard length belt or long hanging belt. This can in turn be dependent on the amount of embroidery.)
Is It impossible to make pinack gi in black?
NO it is not possible.
Which one of your gi is the equivalent of 14oz karate gi?
The heavy weight gi is about 14.5oz and the very heavy weight gi is about 14.8oz.
Pinack Kumite is about 10oz, the Pinack Kata is about 12 Oz and the medium weight gi is also about 12oz.
The decision is yours!
Is it possible to have an elastic waistband with a drawstring in?
I am sorry it is not possible due to the Hirota manufacturing process. It is not something that they do.
Would it be possible to have on one side of the belt "Shotokan Karate Do" in Kanji and on the other side my initials and surname in English "S. McDermott". I would like it to be in Italic hand writing rather than capitals?
YES. Please send a note with your order and it will be done.
Is it possible to have my name embroidered on the chest?
YES it is. Please ask Ichiban for a quote.
Is it possible to have the JKA emblem embroidered on the chest?
YES it is. Please choose the JKA emblem on http://www.ichibaninternational.com/products/customised-suit
Is it possible to have embroidery on 4 sides of the belt?
YES it is. Please ask Ichiban for a quote.
How much would the pinack material shrink by? Is it the same as the cotton?
A. Pinack shrinkage will be 3% of length and 1% of width.
B. Cotton shrinkage will be 4% of length and 1-2% of width.

For example for Pinack material Gi:
If the length of the jacket is 90cm (90x3)=2.7cm (so you need to add 2.7cm to your measurement).

For example for Cotton material Gi:
If the length of the jacket is 90cm (90x4)=3.6cm.

The shrinkage is a slow process. You will notice it after many washes. Please wash the Cotton and Pinack Gi in COLD WASH ONLY. DO NOT TUMBLE DRY.
I need a pair of punch mitts soon! can you please tell me which model that you stock are the most popular and why?
People choose any mitts (fist protectors) depending on which competition they take part in or which group they belong.
In term of quality, all types are equally good. Many people buy two different types and wear them alternatively.
How long will it take to receive a fully customised suit?
Approximately 4-9 weeks. This depends on how busy Hirota is at the time of ordering.
Ichiban has experienced some delivery to arrive on the 2nd week after ordering and others, in rare occasions, to arrive on the 9th week of ordering.
Why does the karate suit have a bluish colour when new?
This is to do with the cotton being brushed and bleached. It gives a slight bluish colour. This colour will fade away after few washes.
Providing you do not mixed it with other colour clothes when washing, the suit will become white.
Can you please confirm that the price you quote on your website includes any Import Tax (does the Gi or belt come straight to my address from Hirota or to you first)?
We, Ichiban International, pay import Tax and duty in UK. The Gi or belt comes to Ichiban’s address first then we send it to the customer. This is to ensure that there are no errors with the orders.
We aim for 100% customer satisfaction, so in the event of any errors, we inform the customer immediately and deal with it accordingly.
Do you import the red and blue Hirota competition belts?
Yes we do, please use the Customized Black Belts option and add a note with your order that you want the blue or red competition belt and it will be done. The price is the same.
Which is the most popular competition belt? Yohachi Cotton or Satin?
It is the wide Yohachi cotton belt. You can choose the WKF label or another label of your choice.
What is the most popular dogi for the elite Japanese JKA kata competitors right now?
They are still wearing Pinack Kumite with thicker collar, end of sleeves and pants.
Some competitors wear Takumi Kata.
To order this from Ichiban please use the customized gi option  http://www.ichibaninternational.com/products/customised-suit. Thanks.
What is the most popular belt for the elite Japanese JKA kata competitors right now?
Yohachi Cotton wider and thicker. But some wear regular width.
What is the exact difference between pinack kumite, pinack kata and takumi kata?
Pinack kumite and Kata is difference thickness and Takumi is almost the same thickness as Pinack Kumite but harder. See more info about materials here.
Can I order the JKA Gold label for readymade gi?
This label is available for any material for fully made to measure gi (customised suit) or for ready-made Pinack Kumite material only.
Is it possible to have the WKF label for the ready-made MH10 (Heavy-Weight Material)? Or MH11 (Medium-Weight Material)? This is for a group of children sizes 2 (140cm-145cm) , 2 ½ (145cm-150cm) and 3 (150cm-155cm).
We can put the WKF label for MH-10. But not MH-11.
Also we have to put the HIROTA logo on right chest and neck back. We confirm that it is WKF approved logo.
Do I have to have the Hirota emblem on the chest and back to have the WKF label?
Yes, you do.

ACCESSORIES AND SALE

Can I order different colours of karate-do logo hooded tops, fleeces and t-shirts?
Yes you can. Almost any colour top and embroidery thread can be made. There is a minimum order of 5; however we may have the same request from other customers. Please e-mail your request to info@ichibaninternational.com. It will take 2 weeks for orders not in stock to be made.
Please note: we stopped selling these.
Will the item be exactly the same colour as shown on the website?
Every care has been taken to use images that most accurately reflect the actual colour of garments.
However, this is not an exact science and slight variations may occur.
Can I get a discount if I buy a large number of fleeces, hooded tops and t-shirts for my club?
Yes you can. This varies depending on the quantity. You can also choose different colours. The delivery time will be within 2 weeks. Please contact Ichiban before placing the order online.
Please note: we stopped selling these.

ANY OTHER FAQS

Can I make an overseas order?
Yes you can. We charge everything in UK pounds, so you may want to work out the exchange rate.
It's also worth bearing in mind that local import duties, for non EU countries, may be payable on receipt of goods.
Can my order be delivered direct to the recipient?

If you would like to send your order as a gift to another address, please add the delivery address when you check out or if you want to buy a gift card, it will be delivered to your email and you can forward it to another email address.

Why do you want my email address/telephone number etc?
We ask for these details so we can contact you in case there's a problem with your order.
We also email customers special Ichiban offers and information. For example, if we have your email address, we can alert you to any promotional offer or clearance of stock sale etc.
We do not make email addresses or telephone numbers available to other companies ever.
What credit cards do you accept?
We accept all major credit cards via Shopify finance platform and also PayPal.
Is it safe to order online?
Yes. Your card payment is processed via secure, fully encrypted PayPal or Shopify platform. The transaction process complies to the strict security measures required by both methods. Please note that Ichiban International does not record or store your credit card information.
Somehow I find myself with over 20 things on my shopping list. I would like to start over with my order. How can I do this?
Underneath each Product on the Shopping Cart you should see the “Remove” button. Click on it and it will remove the product, repeat the same for each product.
Size guide

Ichiban International size chart

FOR READY MADE KARATE SUITS.
Please stretch out flat before measuring

JacketTrousersHigh waist trousers

Table

All sizes are in centimeters

Assuming you order the correct size the arm sleeve length will fall one third up between the wrist and the elbow. The leg length will be just above the ankle. 

If you like wearing a shorter sleeve and shorter trousers Ichiban recommend you order a part made to measure suit (giving exact dimensions of sleeves and legs). The sizes go according to the person’s height. Every person comes in different shapes and sizes, therefore Ichiban has created the above chart to assist you in choosing the correct size.  Please note that this is only a guideline. Diamensions may vary slightly from one batch to another. Please e-mail Ichiban if you need further assistance.

 


Belt length

Belt

When the belt is made up, lift both ends and ensure that they do not pass your chin.
This is to prevent it from slapping your face when kicking.

To assist you could apply the following formula:

for the Regular belt (4cm width) :
• (Waist in cm) x 2 + 110 to 120 cm (depending on if you want a standard length belt or long hanging belt. This can in turn be dependent on the amount of embroidery.)

for the Wide belt (4.5cm width):
• (waist in cm) x 2 + 120 to 130cm (depending on if you want a standard length belt or long hanging belt. This can in turn be dependent on the amount of embroidery.)