Had a really simple but interesting conversation with a training partner today. He's a police officer and a decent blue belt. I've always kinda thought no gi was a little more realistic to a real fight. Who goes around wearing gis on the street right? He said "At work I've never had to fight naked people or people who's clothes I can't grab". So simple but a great point. He showed me how everyone says you can't collar choke a t shirt....but you can. Use fingers to ball up the clothe and it gets thick. I knew this with a gi but especially with a t shirt...the grip is to anchor the hand...choke with the forearm not the clothe. Amazing how effective it was. Blue jeans or shorts? Incredibly easier to control someone with grips on those than the no gi style of not being allowed to grab clothe. So....unless you're planning to street fight at a nudist colony......gi may be the more realistic way to go. Just no donkey or lapel guard!!