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Discussion in 'Grappling Technique' started by devante, Aug 27, 2005.

  1. devante

    devante Silver Belt

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    Me and a guy i used to workout w/used to take time out every once in awhile to spar in our regular clothings....

    This might seem ridiculous, but the reason we did this was to see how our gear affected what he did and how well we did it.


    Shooting..or circling or maintaining dist in certain shoes is diff, if not impossible; plus w/certain clothes, your ability to work subs or counter or maintain positions could be impeded..

    have any of u tried this..an if so did u notice a diff in what u can or cannot do eff, compared to what you can do when sparring or training.
     
  2. johil d'o

    johil d'o Thought Warrior

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    Oh, sure. I love to do BJJ while wearing a full business suit and tie, with large black wingtips. Sometimes we spar in the lobby of our office, just to keep it real.
     
  3. Richard Emling

    Richard Emling Black Belt Professional Fighter

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    Richard Emling Black Belt Professional Fighter

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    you could choke people with your tie ha ha
     
  5. Ybot

    Ybot Purple Belt

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    Don't wear street shoes on the mat... What about ringworm.

    Really though, it makes since what your saying, but I've never tried. I wear sandals all the time anyway, so the shes thing I guess doesn't matter.
     
  6. Sauron

    Sauron Red Belt

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    sounds like agood way to wreck your clothing
     
  7. Ybot

    Ybot Purple Belt

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    Obviously you don't wear your Sunday best... Reminds me of the old water safety classes I took as a kid. One day we were required to bring old clothes to the pool so we could see what it was like to swim if we feel out of a boat or something. Same idea, execpt with bjj. If you train BJJ for self defence then yeah, why not try it every once in a while.
     
  8. alexgncw

    alexgncw Guest

    the only time i do bjj in regular clothes is when i get in a drunk brawl at a club ... never really thought of coming to practice wearing a winter coat or anything
     
  9. Waxwingslain

    Waxwingslain oiseau rebelle

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    You should practice drunk.
     
  10. Bmonk**

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    I sometimes grapple with my Spiderman outfit on just to see if I could use my submissions while fighting Venom or something.
     
  11. migo**

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    Wow, mostly moronic responses here. I don't practice BJJ per se but I do grapple and spar in my regular clothes sometimes. It's good practice, sometimes even a regular shirt messes things up over a rash guard.
     
  12. Foolkiller

    Foolkiller You have meddled with the primal forces of nature!

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    I spar in T shirts and shorts and occasionally track suit bottoms, but I'm not going to be attempting to in a dress shirt while suited and booted any time soon. I guess it depends what your definition of regular clothing is.
     
  13. Balto

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    This is a great idea. Every martial artist should do this stuff every now and then just to see what it is like to move in restrictive clothing.

    An idea for the posters who are worried about messing up their clothing is to head down to a donated clothing shop (Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc.) and buy something really crappy that approximates something you normally wear. If you wear jeans and a t-shirt, buy that. If you wear a suit and tie, buy some of the homeless man quality dress clothes they sell there.

    I bet you could find a reasonable realistic training outfit at Goodwill for a heck of a lot less than many people for a BJJ gi.
     
  14. Bmonk**

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    Honestly, I wouldn't be worried about wearing any type of clothing in a fight. I don't wear any type of clothing that restricts my movements since that wouldn't be very comfotable clothing now, would it?

    I can pull of my throws and submissions with any type of clothes on. Boots, dress shoes, whatever.

    The only thing this type of training would be useful is for swimming. Swimming with clothes on is a hell of a lot more difficult than with just a bathing suit.
     
  15. batman69

    batman69 Purple Belt

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    um, the only way i can see your clothing affecting your ability to grapple is if your street clothes are much looser/tighter than your training gear. i wear mildly baggy shirts and pants so it is not much different than my gi or my board shorts and tshirt.
     
  16. Foolkiller

    Foolkiller You have meddled with the primal forces of nature!

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    I'd be interested to see how people that dress like rappers fare when grappling. Probably get lost and suffocate in their oversized white tees as soon as they tripped over their own jeans, but I'm still curious... although seeing as how most of them probably walk around with about 4 guns at all times, I suppose it's not even likely they'd try to.
     
  17. johil d'o

    johil d'o Thought Warrior

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    I think no gi grappling (with board shorts and a rash guard) and gi grappling provide enough variety for me, honestly. I don't think I'll take up grappling while wearing jeans and Timberlands.
     
  18. LCDforMe

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    johil d'o sums it up for me. The gi and no gi training days do vary training enough for me to not have to worry about it. I don't intend on throwin' on the ol nike kicks and a collared shirt before getting my ass kicked.
     
  19. migo**

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    Yeah, I think the large T-Shirts would make a difference, it's easy to get your feet and hands caught in it. I've actually been saved a couple of times by a loose shirt when the guy got his feet caught in it trying to get hooks in.
     
  20. devante

    devante Silver Belt

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    I JUST MEANT when u get in a self def situation ur clothes can affect wht u do when u are in ur training gear
     

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