This collection is inspired by the Japanese characters that symbolize jiu-jitsu. The first character is read as jyk which means soft, gentle or pliable. The second character, read as jyutsu, means art or technique. Because of this, ju-jitsu is often translated as 'the gentle art'.
Its name originates in the sixteenth century when legend narrates that a young Japanese man called Shirobei Akiyama witnessed a heavy blizzard. He was able to appreciate how branches of most trees broke while the elastic branches of the willow tree bent and efficiently freed themselves from the snow. This gave rise to the name of the 'pliable art'.
Jiu Jitsu involves multiple techniques that allow a response varying from gentle but firm dissuasion to infliction of serious injury. Jiu-Jitsu is an art that allows you to defend yourself against a variety of attacks without having to rely on strength and power. Jiu-Jitsu utilizes holds, locks, throws and evading techniques, as well as numerous different strikes. Jiu-Jitsu also involves varying degrees of disarming techniques to protect against various weapons.
Strength is not a prerequisite for Jiu-Jitsu, not to say that it does not have its place. Defeating an attacker may involve a gentle technique, followed by the use of a short burst of strength to execute a finishing or subduing technique.
This Garment is crafted with Bamboo which provides a smooth almost cashmere like touch that is 100% hypoallergenic and keeps the Body 2 to 3 degrees cooler than a traditional cotton Garment during hot weather. Bamboo has tremendous moisture wicking properties as well as having a natural stretch that provides an athletic performance fit. Bamboo naturally inhibits the growth of bacteria making this garment antimicrobial without the need for sprays or treatments. Bamboo fabric is also naturally anti-static and UV protective.
The environmental benefits of bamboo clothing are exceptional. Bamboo plants grow extremely fast and do not require fertilizers or pesticides. They require very little water and can survive drought conditions, as well as flooding. Bamboo is a 100% sustainable and renewable resource as the bamboo plant is self-replenishing. Bamboo releases a significant amount of oxygen into the atmosphere, more so than trees, helping to reduce the level of carbon dioxide in the air. Bamboo can be planted in high soil erosion areas and is also suitable for planting in areas which have suffered significant soil degradation and deforestation.
30% Organic Cotton*
This shirt is embellished with 100% water-based inks. Water-based inks are PVC-free and phthalate-free. Water-based inks soak into and become part of the cloth itself, and are both breathable and durable. Water-based inks also have excellent washability, and keep their color wash after wash.
This t-shirt style is cut to an Athletic Fit. The fit is slightly narrower than a Regular cut shirt but looser than a Slim-Fit cut. Stick with your normal size, unless you want a tight fit, then size down. The entire bamboo couture line has excellent stretch characteristics.
Machine wash cold
Tumble dry low
Do not bleach
Do not iron
*Grown on land that has been pesticide and fertilizer free for at least 3 years