If you have been in BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) or MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) for anytime you will have heard the gi vs. no-gi debate. So why am I writing about it? Because I want to hear some real arguments for no-gi as your foundation technique. I see no-gi technique as a subset of gi (kimono) technique. If you use a gi to train, you learn a larger set of techniques that can be applied on the street. Its true people don’t go around in gis. It is also true they don’t always wear shorts, short sleeve shirts, and are all sweaty. Winter is coming on and your typical person will be wearing what? A heavy coat and long pants. These are a perfect substitution for a gi.
It is my opinion that first you should train in the gi and only after achieving a belt or two worry about doing no-gi. You want to improve your arsenal with no-gi. You want a solid base to start with. That is why you start in gi and later add no-gi classes.
Not convinced? You don’t fall into the pride category then like this blog entitled Be Proud, but Humble on Tap or Die suggests, I hope? I am going to put my money where my mouth is and go to a no-gi tournament having never done no-gi. I’ll let you know how it goes. In the mean while, let me hear your side of the debate.