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Discussion in 'Grappling Technique' started by Hellboy31, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. Hellboy31

    Hellboy31 Brown Belt

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    Do you typically compete in both the gi and no gi divisions at regional competitions (naga, grapplers quest etc).

    I have only done one competition and it didn't go to well for me :redface:

    I have been doing gi three days a week and no gi two days a week for about six months now consistantly and did about a year of no gi (collectively) before I moved out to the East Coast.

    I'd like to start competing soon (maybe GQ in Boston) but I'm not sure if I should do gi, no gi, or both. My skill level in gi and no gi is probably pretty similar. Any advice/feedback appreciated.
     
  2. Jagcorps_esq

    Jagcorps_esq Red Belt

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    If you like both, compete in both.

    That's the best way to get more mat time and matches.

    Don't concern yourself with being too tired to win. You're not really there to win. I mean, yes a goal of yours is to win, but it's not wasted even if you don't win.
     
  3. tim18t

    tim18t Blue Belt

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    I do both, theres typically plenty of time to recover between the two that its not a big issue.
     
  4. Bain

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    Don't let past performance dictate your future decisions to compete. I have done two competitions, and let me tell you - my 2nd competition was SO much better than my first. I was over the nervousness and didn't have an adrenaline dump after 30 seconds into the round.

    I didn't score a single point in my first competition and ended up winning my weight class in the 2nd comp (Gi).

    Make sure to take video, too. My loss in my 2nd competition was actually my best BJJ, but I lost to a better competitor. I keep on watching that match to improve on my weaknesses.
     
  5. codemonkey76

    codemonkey76 Black Belt

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    I normally do 4 divisions, gi and no-gi in my weight and openweight.
     
  6. yovan

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    I do both.

    I use the no-gi divisions as a warm-up to get loose and get the butterflies out. At least that's what I tell myself. Inevitably I end up caring just as much about both.

    I prefer gi so I can use my open guard more freely, but no-gi can be fun too.

    It's weird because at my academy a lot of guys love no-gi. We have been trending more and more no-gi. (two nights a week now)

    My more matches at a competition, the better.
     
  7. yovan

    yovan Purple Belt

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    I usually do four as well. Since I'm over 30, I could conceivably do 8. I've considered it before but that's a lot of rolling.
     
  8. codemonkey76

    codemonkey76 Black Belt

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    I would also, but every comp I have entered does not allow you to enter multiple age brackets. I am 34 this year myself.
     
  9. yovan

    yovan Purple Belt

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    Really?

    Out of curiousity, do you enter the over 30 divisions or roll with the younger guys?
     
  10. Jagcorps_esq

    Jagcorps_esq Red Belt

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    I know you didn't ask me, but I'll answer this too if you don't mind.

    It really depends on how many rolls I'm getting.

    If there are hardly any over 30's (I'm 36), I'll drop down with the kids.

    If there are plenty at my age, I'll stay there.
     
  11. yovan

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    I do a mix as well. In my experience, the older guys are actually a bit tougher for me. They got that OMS (old mans strength) going on.
     
  12. Vector_X

    Vector_X Brown Belt

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    I like gi so I compete in gi. You kinda just do what you want to do.
     
  13. Half Amazing

    Half Amazing Blue Belt

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    I always compete in at least gi and no-gi, and sometimes in absolute as well depending on the price. I enjoy competing in no-gi more, but I'm better in the gi so I like to hedge my bets by competing in both. I also like having as many matches as possible and getting as much competition experience as I can.
     
  14. boisefireman

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    I do the same. I have to travel ten hours so it makes it worth it to get as much as i can.
     

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