There are several reasons why we do not offer student gis upon sign up.  First, schools who do offer a “free” gi are not really providing it free.  Generally they will want you to sign a contract with them which allows them to add in the cost of the gi into the tuition many times over.  We do not use long term contracts.  Secondly, these schools often plaster their gis with advertisement for their school.  Simba Dojo prefers beginning students wear the traditional white karate gi without patches or extra advertisement to represent our practice in karate.  The only exception to this rule is the professional gi we offer.  It has kanji embroidered on the lapel that reads Lion Spirit, which is the kanji we chose for the dojo.  These gis are high quality and made in the traditional way that you will find in Japanese dojos.  Thirdly, gis come in many different qualities and prices that reflect those qualities.  Prices range from $15 to many hundreds of dollars.  It is not uncommon to spend $400 on a good Japanese gi.  Instead of buying cheap gis in bulk from a Chinese company we give some room for the student to choose their own gi.