Maybe some of you can help to clear things up. My sensei and I just attended a local karate tournament not too long ago. We got into the discussion of the karate gi with another black belt, (particularly that of the Shotokan style) and why some of them where so short.
The gentleman that we were speaking with said that when the American G.I. began to train with the Okinawan people due to the fact that the Americans were quite a bit bigger none of the gi’s they had would fit them. After they brought karate back to the states the smaller gi just became the norm.
It seemed reasonable to me; however, I’ve yet to do any research on it. Does this statement hold any truth or is the shorter gi just a matter of preference amongst some karate-ka.