Meijin History

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Frustrated by the lack of top quality Japanese martial arts equipment in Europe, and its high price, in 1968 we approached R.K.Mizuno Co.the giant sports company in Osaka, Japan, and subsequently became their U.K. exclusive agent for martial arts equipment in early 1969.
Our first imports included Kendo armour, shinai (bamboo swords), bokken (wooden swords) Kendo hakama and keikogi.
As Judo was the dominant martial art in Europe at that time, we also imported a quantity of Judo uniforms

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As the result of a personal recommendation from General Eichi Eriguchi, Sec. Gen. of the World Union of Karate Organizations, and WUKO (now the WKF) in 1975 our company became an exclusive national distributor for the Tokaido Karate Company of Tokyo. Soon after, we concluded a similar agreement with the Mitsuboshi Co., the official supplier to the Kodokan Judo Academy.

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In 1982 we launched the Meijin classic karate uniform line, which differed very little from the uniforms of Tokaido and Mitsuboshi that we sold. However, Meijin boasted a truly unique specification, many technical improvements, and much lower prices.These many improvements, large and small, came from the suggestions of the senior karate masters we consulted during the Mejin design and development period. Morio Higaonna Sensei wanted better cut pants; Fumio Demura Sensei asked for three loops on the pants and a longer waist string; Shinyu Gushi Sensei felt the lining in the shoulders should be sewn differently. These problems they had experienced with their own uniforms we fixed before the launch of the new Meijin range.

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In 2000, we acquired state-of-the-art, commercial embroidery machines from Tajima Industries, Nagoya, Japan. Our staff then attended the Tajima trade school to learn machine operation and software programming. In time we developed our own proprietary software and Japanese calligraphy fonts.
We are licensed by TOGKF headquarters in Okinawa to embroider their emblem on the new uniforms that we sell!

Features

Stretching helps counteract the negative effects of prolonged sitting by targeting muscles that become weak or tight, promoting proper alignment and posture.

Stretching helps counteract the negative effects of prolonged sitting by targeting muscles that become weak or tight, promoting proper alignment and posture.

Buy a Meijin uniform and you are buying the accumulated experience of our staff, some of whom have worked for our company since it was founded in 1968. Half a century of designing and making uniforms, visiting textile factories all over the world to source raw materials, developing size charts for the American market, and procuring the best embroidery materials from German manufacturers. Because of their advanced design, and the strict quality control standards we set, only the most experienced and skilled cutters and machinists can produce Meijin Karate uniforms. This, plus the hand crafted Japanese calligraphy which is free with every new Meijin Gi purchased, and you have a product that is truly unique

Dojo Discounts

Regular office stretching promotes joint mobility.

Regular office stretching promotes joint mobility and flexibility, reducing the risk of injuries.

On orders of five uniforms or more (any type, mixed is OK) we offer dojo discounts as well as free embroidery. Call us and we will be pleased to give you full details

Quality Control

Stretching helps alleviate muscle tightness.

Stretching helps alleviate muscle tightness and tension caused by prolonged sitting.

All types of Meijin uniforms are exactly the same size and fit and are therefore interchangeable. This is only possible because of strict quality control at our factory.

Best Specs. and The Most Sizes

Stretching increases blood flow.

Stretching increases blood flow, delivering vital nutrients, resulting in reduced fatigue.

We offer four specifications of uniforms in full and half sizes, in the case of our PRO uniform up to size 12!

Free Japanese Embroidery

Regular office stretching promotes joint mobility.

Regular office stretching promotes joint mobility and flexibility, reducing the risk of injuries.

To make a good thing better, we will embroider your name (in Japanese) or style on your new Meijin Gi FREE. No setup or translation charges

Real Uniforms for Real Karate

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Engaging in stretching releases endorphins, natural feel-good hormones.

Strong, comfortable uniforms constructed with great care from 100% cotton canvas, and individually inspected before being shipped to each customer.

It's All About You!

Stretching contributes to mental well-being.

Stretching not only benefits the body but also contributes to mental well-being.

A superb quality Meijin uniform with artisan created Japanese embroidery is striking. It says a lot about the brand, and it says a lot about you!

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We are a professional, full service company open 72 hours each week to serve you in person. Call us at 818 889 3856 and an experienced, knowledgeable staff member will be happy to help you.

Free Japanese Embroidery

Buy any grade of Meijin uniform and we will embroider your name (Japanese translation is free) or style on it at no cost to you! No setup or other fees, completely FREE! and ships within 72 hours of receipt.

Dojo Discounts

On orders of five uniforms or more (any type, mixed is OK) we offer dojo discounts as well as free embroidery. Call us and we will be pleased to give you full details

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Since 2007, Meijin has sponsored, promoted and organized traditional karate events in the United Kingdom, United States, Mexico, mainland Japan (JKA Headquarters in Tokyo) and Okinawa (Okinawa Prefectural Budokan) and numerous private dojo.
Our work was recognized in March of 2016 when the co-founder of our company was designated an Uchina Minkan Taishi
(沖縄民間大使 ) Okinawan Cultural Ambassador, by the Prefectural Government of Okinawa, Japan, for promoting authentic karate internationally.
Our company was also chosen by the Okinawan Prefectural Government to design, produce and publish “Okinawa: Birthplace of Karate” a landmark book on the Okinawan origins of karate to commemorate the opening of the Okinawan Karate Kaikan Complex in the City of Tomigusuku, Okinawa, in the Spring of 2017

Testimonial

Incorporating stretching into my daily routine has been a game-changer. I've noticed a significant improvement in my overall well-being and productivity since I started actively using stretching exercises. It's a simple yet powerful practice that I highly recommend to anyone.

Incorporating stretching into my daily routine has been a game-changer. Not only does it relieve the physical strain, but it also boosts my energy levels and helps me stay focused throughout the day. I've noticed a significant improvement in my overall well-being and productivity since I started actively using stretching exercises. It's a simple yet powerful practice that I highly recommend to anyone working in a sedentary environment.

Growing up in Japan, I learned that the greatest companies weren't always the largest ones. Instead, we admired those that delivered top-notch products, offered fair prices, and consistently provided excellent service to their customers. Many of Japan's biggest companies, like Honda and Panasonic, started small but grew very big by following these three rules! While we may not become a giant corporation due to our specialization, I have always adhered to these fundamental principles in our company: quality, price, and service. So, dear karate enthusiasts, rest assured that, to this day, these core concepts remain our top priorities.

Haruko Yokoma-Chambers
Co-Founder & CEO Dragon Associates Inc.
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