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    To Gi or No-Gi in competition

    Hi guys, most of you have probably seen that ADCC is having an open tournament in london in october(http://www.bjj.eu.com/index.php?opti...280&Itemid=27). I'm going to be competiting, and I noticed when looking through the rules that it's fighters' choice whether to wear a gi or not - so now I have to decide which way i'm going to swing.

    Naturally the gi has advantages in that I can grab my gi to defend submissions if necessary - but it also means i have to worry about being collar choked.

    Any thoughts? anyone ever had the choice of wearing a gi in a competition?

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    Personally I'd go with whatever suited my own personal style/weaknesses as well as what I was most comfortable with. If either is equally well with you, well I don't know enough about BJJ to really advise you :P

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    A gi provides far too many handles for your opponent, as well as giving much more grip when they're armbaring you. The marginal benefits cannot, as far as I can see, outweigh the enormous disadvantages.

    Though gis are technically legal in many sub grappling competitions, no one ever wears them. I would recommend you follow their lead.

    Unless, of course, you're a -73kg novice, in which case, for complex tactical reasons, I recommend you wear a gi, a blindfold, handcuffs and a noose around your neck.

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    The Gi will just give your opponents another thing to grab on to.
    Don't wear it

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    I've actaully been wearing my gi pants (not the gi, just the pants) in the no-gi class. I find the advantages of being traction very useful (at least at my level of skill). I plan on wearing them at C3 in the no-gi comp. I perfer gi competition, but I would not wear my gi in a comp where people were not forced to wear a gi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FictionPimp
    I've actaully been wearing my gi pants (not the gi, just the pants) in the no-gi class. I find the advantages of being traction very useful (at least at my level of skill).
    Eddie Bravo does this. Personally I find it makes it too much easier to pass my guard with trouser grips, but YMMV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PointyShinyBurn
    A gi provides far too many handles for your opponent, as well as giving much more grip when they're armbaring you. The marginal benefits cannot, as far as I can see, outweigh the enormous disadvantages.

    Though gis are technically legal in many sub grappling competitions, no one ever wears them. I would recommend you follow their lead.

    Unless, of course, you're a -73kg novice, in which case, for complex tactical reasons, I recommend you wear a gi, a blindfold, handcuffs and a noose around your neck.
    Thanks for the advice. The scary part is, i weigh 71/2kg and i'm a novice :| But i dont think i'll follow that part of your advice :P

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    BTW PSB, 2 things - which BJJ school are you at in london? Roger's? And also will you be going to the ADCC open in october?

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    Eddie Bravo does this. Personally I find it makes it too much easier to pass my guard with trouser grips, but YMMV.
    Isn't it illegal to grab an opponents clothing in grappling competition?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Das Moose
    BTW PSB, 2 things - which BJJ school are you at in london? Roger's?
    I'm at a Roger's school. Roger Brooking, not Gracie, however. It's Alliance/Master Team.
    Quote Originally Posted by Das Moose
    And also will you be going to the ADCC open in october?
    Possibly, hence my tactical advice.
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    Isn't it illegal to grab an opponents clothing in grappling competition?
    I'm pretty sure you're allowed to grab a gi if they're wearing one.

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