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.
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What’s a rash guard? It is a shirt or leggings that are made of a spandex type of slick material. They are used to reduce skin abrasion and bruises in grappling. I started like most beginners in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (a.k.a. BJJ) with just a t-shirt and sweats. I came home each time bruised like a Dalmatian. I soon got my Gi, the traditional uniform in most martial arts. As anyone who works with their hands knows a good pair of work gloves keeps you from getting blisters. When it come to BJJ, a Gi is the equivalent of work gloves. But I found I was still getting some bruises. I noticed that some of the others had shinny shirts. That is how I found out about Rash Guards. When you wear a rash guard it gives you added protection by decreasing the friction between you and what ever comes in contact with you. With my new rash guard I stopped being bruised. Yes, some of the bruising was due to inexperience in grappling but after I got the Gi and rash guard my bruises all but went away. It also helps protect you again the dreaded ring worm that come from grappling the “unclean”. A rash guard in my opinion is a must.
What brand of rash guard is best? I stared with Under Armour. Their Heat Gear line is what is sold all over the web in MMA, Mixed Martial Art, sites. I use a compression long sleeve top. I understand that a loser fitting shirt can be better as the compression tops tend to roll up in grappling. I am waiting on a lose fitting long sleeve top from Sprawl to see if it works any better. I also have ordered a pair of their shorts to see if their claims at being the best are true.