The Scramble 1chiban gi is coming on Friday 11th November, at 11:11a.m.

That was an opportunity too good to miss… 11/11/11, at 11:11a.m., our first gi (1chiban means “number 1″ in Japanese), and the best gi!

The Scramble 1chiban gi!

Here are the full specs of the gi, followed by the size chart and guide.

550GSM Pearl Weave Jacket in Navy Blue colour

Cotton / Poly Blend trousers

Contrast yellow stitching throughout

Flat drawstring supplied with pants, stretchy rope drawstring will also be included

Mediumweight gi – not ultra light, nor heavyweight

Approx A2 weight: 1900grams

Made in Pakistan, designed in the UK

Other standard features – EVA foam collar, one piece back construction, etc.

IBJJF rules currently state “White, black or blue gi”. The exact status on navy is still unclear. All other aspects of the gi are competition legal


The flow of the design was inspired by a traditional Japanese men’s kimono. These elegant garments were decorated with kamon, or family crest. Crests would usually appear on each side of the chest, and the top of the back of the neck.

In our gi, they also appear on the leg, in IBJJF legal position. They are a Sakura, or cherry blossom flower. There is a reason we chose this flower. From Wikipedia:

In Japan cherry blossoms also symbolize clouds due to their nature of blooming en masse, besides being an enduring metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life,[4] an aspect of Japanese cultural tradition that is often associated with Buddhistic influence,[5] and which is embodied in the concept of mono no aware.[6] The association of the cherry blossom with mono no aware dates back to 18th-century scholar Motoori Norinaga.[6] The transience of the blossoms, the extreme beauty and quick death, has often been associated with mortality;[4] for this reason, cherry blossoms are richly symbolic, and have been utilized often in Japanese artmangaanime, and film, as well as at musical performances for ambient effect.

A beautiful life and a quick death – both things befitting of a warrior!

On the left thigh is a bold red print that stamps “ICHIBAN” onto the gi, signifying the name of the gi and the fact that this is our first gi.

The other major feature are the characters 鍛錬 (TANREN) which means “forging”. It conjures up images of forging iron to make swords. Tempering steel. In other words, training. The hardship you go through in order to improve yourself.

We have added something that is unique to our gi – the drawstring is fully housed. It was an experiment that I wanted to try, and I really liked it in all the samples, so we went ahead with it. There is a knack to tying it but once tied, it stays on, and won’t ride up around your waist or get tangled.

Size Guide

Here is the size guide. Please check the measurements closely, compare with a current gi you have, and make your choice accordingly. We recommend using the numbers on the right, the actual measurements, rather than the guide on the left, if you want to find the best size for you. The left hand size guide is only a rough estimate – it doesn’t take into account different body types, limb lengths, body size, etc.

If you fall between sizes then you can try a larger size and attempt to shrink it down with hotter washes or tumble drying but this is not highly recommended due to the stress it places on the gi in general.

Click on the image for full size.


Purchasing details

This gi will be a limited pre-order. Due to the custom colour of the fabric, if we were to order the gis after you the customer had placed your order, you would have a wait of over 2 months to account for fabric dyring. So, we have already prepared for a set number of gis to be made. Estimated delivery time will be around 4 weeks after you place the order. We really hope to get it to you even earlier, but there is a small chance it may be later. You will be kept informed.

You have two choices for purchase.


UK / Europe / Rest of World – from 11:11a.m., British Time. 




USA – from 11:11a.m. Pacific Time (a few hours later than the UK release.)

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The cost is £99 / $160 plus shipping.

We have put so much time and effort and thought into this gi, and we are so excited to see you Scramblers wearing it.



15 Responses to “The Scramble 1CHIBAN gi… Everything you need to know.”

  1. Cool – I’m looking forward to seeing how this is received, given that Scramble already has such a good rep for t-shirts and nogi equipment. Classy logo and understated design (though obviously still too much bling for me, and I only wear white ;p). Hopefully this will prove to be the start of another UK based gi company: so far, you, Black Eagle and Tatami are all quite distinct, which is great.

  2. Thanks Slidey!
    I agree, I think we all cater to slightly different markets which is good for us as a whole. I hope it will be well received!

  3. Can’t wait to order mine on Friday!!

  4. Best of luck to Scramble, I enjoy their funky releases – never know what they’ll present next design wise. They also aren’t afraid to do it their way, that’s something I like in a brand.

    Jamie (Future Label).

  5. I am really excited about this gi and have been patiently waiting for some time now. I’m just glad it’s on Veteran’s Day so I didn’t have to make any special arrangements hah. but thanks a lot tho guy (Scramble)!


  6. what size was Oli wearing in the picture. I’m 5″10 and 88 kgs so am not sure whether to sneak into an A2 or shrink down an A3

  7. A3 it is then – thanks !

  8. I’m 5’8 and 64kg. Longish limbs. Mostly wear a1 but have tried to shrink the odd a2, some success, some straight to eBay. A1 or a2?

    I’d like to be a1 as I like em snugg and above the ankle.

  9. Im 15stone and 5.11feet. I have two A4 which fit but from your fitting guide I should maybe go for A3, Im hoping to get down to 14stone before competing so any advice would be cool. Loving the design!

  10. Hi Nick, the absolute best way is just to use the actual measurements supplied on the chart, allow for a few CM shrinkage on places like the arms, and measure against your favourite gi. It’s hard for me to estimate your arm length and body size. The A2 is quite a slim fit and has the longer arms so might be better.

    Matthew, same goes for you – If you are looking at losing weight them maybe the A3 would be good!

  11. oh cool.shall order that in the morning :-) whens the deadline for preordering?

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