Once I started Meerkatsu’s design a crazy-ass BJJ gi challenge, I couldn’t stop. I made a total of 10. Eep. Some turned out much better than others, but I’m still proud of my work 🙂 BRAINSTORMING!

The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality.

His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work of the “quantity” group: fifty pound of pots rated an “A”, forty pounds a “B”, and so on. Those being graded on “quality”, however, needed to produce only one pot—albeit a perfect one—to get an “A”.

Well, came grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity. It seems that while the “quantity” group was busily churning out piles of work—and learning from their mistakes—the “quality” group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay. from Art & Fear by David Bayles.

I came up with a few super awesome designs I think, including this Stormtrooper Star Wars BJJ gi:
Stormtrooper BJJ gi

I liked the idea of this gi, but not sure about the finished product. I do loves me some Slytherin! Though really I’m more of a Ravenclaw.
Slytherin BJJ gi

Thunder thunder thunder thunder CATS! Thundercats HOOOOOOOO! Can you tell that I chopped the heck out of that picture on the back? Yep, that would be 3 pics of Liono–one for the face, and two for the hair 🙂
Thundercats BJJ gi

I love how this turned out. I call it “Monarch Rising.”
Monarch Rising BJJ gi

Not totally happy with how this turned out. The idea was that it was supposed to look like samurai armor, but it looks a little more…Pocahontas for my taste. I did take actual work off an actual samurai picture, which was kind of cool.
Way of the Samurai BJJ gi

This was where quantity=quality. Very proud of this one. Included fire because Leos are a fire sign, included the sun because their planet is the sun, the lion paw prints, because…umm…LION, the symbol for Leo and the constellation. Plus, the gold is because Leo + gold = win. Yes, I’m a Leo 🙂

My favorite part of this gi is the “rising sun” action. Because of the placement of the front sun, it can be in various stages of rising, depending on how far forward the gi is pulled. I LOVE THIS GI!Leo BJJ gi