I've seen the infamous gi vs no-gi issue come up in several recent grappling threads, so it got me wondering...
How much gi or no-gi training do you or your school currently do?
This poll is intended for anyone who takes judo, folkstyle/freestyle and Greco wrestling, submission wrestling, Shooto, Catch, MMA/NHB, BJJ, JJJ, Hapkido, Wu Style TCC or anything that involves grappling with someone. Any samboists in the audience, please humor me and allow your kurtka to be considered a "gi".
I'm not so much interesting in reviving the epic "GI SUXXORS!" "NO, GI ROXXORS!" debates as much as I'm just wondering how my fellow Bullshidoka train.
I'm aware that other situations exist which don't fall into these "gi or no-gi" categories very well, such as training BJJ for self defense in what resembles normal clothes so people can still grab material, but you don't wear a traditional gi nor spandex shorts. If your training doesn't fall into any of the gi or no-gi slots, the "Other (explain below)" is for you, and let us know how you train instead.
As for myself, I currently train in the gi about 80% of the time (4 out of 5 classes per week). My school also only offers no-gi classes one day per week.
I enjoy training both, so I'm not picky for one over the other. I also find training in one helps me do well in the other, since they are different enough to make me try new things, but similar enough to make many skills from one add to the other. Most people at my school are of a similar opinion.
Some people only come to no-gi classes. They seem to be those that come from wrestling backgrounds, those who don't like the gi because of previous TMA experience, or those training for MMA. A unique case is a purple belt who trains only no-gi now because his fingers are damaged from years gripping the gi.
A few people only come to gi classes. This usually doesn't last long, but it tends to be newer people still uncomfortable grappling, especially women.