MMA training with the gi

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  1. Mejnoon

    Mejnoon Active Member

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    I train bjj/grappling as part of mma training. As such I've really never had any interest in training with the gi. My gym recently started a once a week gi class though, on a night I'm usually there. I did it last night with a borrowed gi top...it was interesting but still not really my thing.

    Do you think I can learn anything in the gi class that can be applied to mma? Is it worth the time/money (gotta buy a gi)?

    Also, the instructor arranged to order Gameness gi's for those interested, $85 for single weave or $120 for double. Are these good gi's? Good price?
     
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    Antigeek Who Dat!

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    I'd like to do more no-gi training, as I tend to use the gi a bit too much. Last night I grabbed my opponent's gi to execute a hip throw instead of grabbing his arm properly, and I'll often times use my own gi to counter a kimura.

    I think there's a place for both types of training. Just as there's a place for stand up training as well as grappling/groundfighting.
     
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    I did my first grappling tournament ~2 months ago, it was strictly no-gi. I think most bjj tourneys have a no-gi division these days, no?
     
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    alot of no-gi people i've talked to recommend it as a way of cleaning up your form.
     
  5. chechen

    chechen Brazilian Jiu Jitsu OT Supporter

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    i think gi produces cleaner technique, but thats just my opinion
     
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    Savage5point0 Im an asshole.

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    I had a seminar with Chris Haueter a few days ago, and asked him pretty much the same thing. I think the general idea is that your gi game will help your no gi game, and vice versa. I think a lot of people like to go no-gi strictly because of the ego thing, they just dont want to wear a white belt. The gi helps the game become a slower more tactical fight, forcing you to win with technique rather than strength or speed. I prefer the gi for now, but some of the bigger wrestler type guys always want to go no gi, so they can out muscle you. I dont think you can get a proper grasp on BJJ without training in a gi.
     
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    The gi definitely makes you more technical. And from what I've heard, gameness gis are not that good because they are too heavy and rip in a short time. I have a koral gi and howard gi, I would reccomend both, the howard being slightly better.
     
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    my school never does no-gi, all they do is gi, he lets us roll sometimes without the gi tops but everybody still grabs onto the pants/shirts etc. since they don't know proper no-gi technique :sad2:
     
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    If it's for MMA purposes, train with a gi to better your escapes. Working with the increased grip, as Bit stated, makes it much easier to escape and grapple when dealing with a sweaty no-gi opponent. Try to avoid grabbing the gi for submission attempts, sweeps, or submission counters, lest it become a habit.
     
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    Training with the gi can help you refine your technique so you can do better in situations where you can't slip out or the other person is a lot stronger..for MMA or just grappling.
     
  11. itr452

    itr452 VTEC motherfucker, GOT ANY?

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    maybe try training while wearing the gi, and having your partner go no-gi? That way you'll be learning how to escape subs better and you'll be having to fight harder for the sub. Dunno, jus a suggestion?
     
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    I train for MMA too. I just started rolling in a Gi about 2 months ago. I've been doing BJJ(no gi) for about 3 years now.

    It is frustrating at first because you get tooled by white belts that have been grappling in a Gi since day one. They know gi chokes that you don't know how to watch out for and they know sweeps that you can only do in a gi. But the big thing is you can't slip out of subs.

    With no gi your defense doesn't have to be tight. Everything, in general, is a little more sloppy.

    Now that I train in the gi(only 1 night a week mind you, and only for a few months) I can already tell my no gi game is progessing. I'm tighter and rely more on technique then I did before. I really enjoy rolling in a gi now(as long as it's only once a week).

    I suggest doing it, it will add to your game.

    I got a Grapple Gear gi, it was 85, I like it enough.
     
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    I'm gonna go ahead and do it. How quick will a single weave wear out? I'd rather have a lighter weight gi just for comfort.
     
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    chechen Brazilian Jiu Jitsu OT Supporter

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    pants 6-8 months.. top about a year
     
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    damn:ugh:
     
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    itr452 VTEC motherfucker, GOT ANY?

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