Gawakoto is another one of the new breed of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and mixed martial arts apparel companies that are eschewing the old “tough guy” aesthetic philosophy that was prevalent in the industry for so long in favor of a more forward thinking, sophisticated approach. What Gawakoto is bringing to the picnic is a fresh, altogether new look at grappler/fighter fashion. The owner, a man named Bong Abad, is a rabid fan of comic books (what is it about BJJ and comics that just works? Seriously, it seems like 8 of every 10 BJJ athletes we meet has some sort of comic book collection), and this influence can be seen plainly in many of his designs. Another interesting perspective that Gawakoto offers is the visual convergence of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with the deadly Filipino martial art Kali. A proud Filipino, Bong Abad combines visual elements of BJJ and Kali culture into his own unique hybrid aesthetic. It is interesting to note that the name of the company itself, Gawa ko ‘to, is a Filipino sentence that translates to “I made this,” which reflects Abed’s pride, not only in his culture and heritage, but in his ability to combine them with the no-compromise attitude of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and combat athletics to create something truly unique. You can’t go wrong with anything that Gawakoto designs and puts their name on. Super high quality garments with vivid, eye-popping graphics are guaranteed to make you stand out on the mats. Seriously, you think anyone wants to take a triangle to the neck by someone wearing that Kabuki gi? We didn’t think so. Bottom line, get your Gawakoto gear from us at MMA Industries!
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