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Old 03-01-2012, 03:38 PM   #1
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GI JJ vs no GI

A school im looking at offers bjj or submission grappling with muay thai. from what i understand submission grappling is no-gi. So for someone who eventually wants to compete in mma, which one should I be taking? Or should I do both?

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Old 03-01-2012, 03:47 PM   #2
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Definitely go for both! Adding gi in will only make you that much better and more technical

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Old 03-01-2012, 04:03 PM   #3
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The politically correct answer is "both".

You should probably try both no matter what and see what is most fun to you. Entertainment value matters.

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Old 03-01-2012, 04:38 PM   #4
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I prefer no-gi BJJ, but you really have to find a good instructor for it.

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Old 03-01-2012, 04:42 PM   #5
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Yeah the bjj purists will tell you to do gi and no-gi, some radicals will argue all you need to do is gi.

Nevertheless, if your focusing on mma then the most important thing would be no-gi. But its a good idea to train gi and no-gi bjj, judo, and wrestling if possible.

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Old 03-01-2012, 04:43 PM   #6
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Would you play basketball with a football? A Gi is meant for sport/strict bjj. No gi is better for mma.

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Old 03-01-2012, 04:46 PM   #7
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If you have the money do both but if you have to choose one do nogi because thats better practice if you want to eventually fight, you wont fight with a gi so why wear it?

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Old 03-02-2012, 08:20 AM   #8
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It's funny, I used to be a big nogi guy. My entire game is based around the Rubber Guard but I absolutely LOVE training in a gi and it translates extremely well to my nogi game. The gi allows you to work on the more technical aspects.

Look at it like this, it's like wearing weighted gloves and shadowboxing or a weighted vest. When you take those weighted gloves off you feel much lighter, things flow quicker as well.

Train both, even as a huge Eddie Bravo fan and as someone who bought into the idea you don't need to train in a gi it's highly beneficial to your nogi game to train in a gi.

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Old 03-02-2012, 09:14 AM   #9
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I say both. The gi made my nogi game better.

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Old 03-02-2012, 09:27 AM   #10
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Would you play basketball with a football? A Gi is meant for sport/strict bjj. No gi is better for mma.
Would you also say since you don't fight MMA in boxing gloves you shouldn't use sparring gloves while working standup?

Also if gi is only meant for strict bjj, Why are all the best no gi competitors in the world BJJ gi guys? ANd why is every single champion but one in the UFC at the very least a brown belt? Both are very important. Gi will make your no gi game much better and your defense much better.

I did strictly no gi at Jackson's MMA for 3 years before a team mate convinced em to start doing gi and it has elevated my ground game in no gi and mma immensely


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