Gracie Philosophy

Gi or No-gi?

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Q. What no-gi wear do you recomend for constant training? Would it be possible to purchase her on the website? If not, do you recommend a website we can purchase good quality no-gi training wear? Obrigado!!!
Marcus Avichai (5/31/2020 11:32 AM)
A. Go to the Gracie Store and check out our selection of no-gi training attire. It's all good!
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Q. Are there any possibility Rener and Ryron would make Combative Drills with us defending wearing the gi that's working against us and the bad guy using no gi? That would be really awesome!
Lucas Pedro (9/21/2019 9:44 PM)
A. Make up your own!!
Q. Guys, if down the road I open up to the possibility of leading a CTC here in Brazil, would there be a possibility for subtitling the videos and translating the PDFs?
Lucas Pedro (9/21/2019 9:40 PM)
A. Yes, anything is possible!
Q. Never trained without my gi, so I'm loving the insights.
LaineyVS (12/19/2018 12:46 PM)
A. Yes!!!
Q. In my school (we teach a Japanese jujitsu and goshin jitsu), we train mostly with a gi, but as a self defence art, we regularly teach classes that we have students wear everyday clothing to get familiar with defending themselves without the use of the gi, at times we even have the ladies wear a dress or skirt with gi pants under, to get them in the mindset of what can happen in different outfits. Would this be an idea we could use while doing GC or WE training?
Edoyle18 (11/13/2018 7:07 AM)
A. Awesome!! Special consideration should be given to any type of apparel that might damage the training surface.
Q. Based on this lesson I am concluding that if I get in a street fight and have the ability to do so, it would be a great idea to lose as many of my clothes as possible. It might even make my attacker so surprised they stop! Does that make sense?
Silent G (11/7/2018 11:32 AM)
A. If they are grabbing you, they aren't punching you!
Q. If I go to a CTC to complete testing and I wear a GI does it have to be white or can it be another color? I can't find anywhere that says there are restrictions on the specifications of the GI for gracie JJ. My GI is white with a grey collar.
DeviousJack (9/6/2018 6:19 PM)
A. Most CTC's only allow white gis. Call ahead just to be sure!
Q. Sou faixa branca 4 graus aqui de Belém/PA. Treino desde fevereiro de 2016 e estou utilizando a Gracie University para complementar meus treinos. Meu desejo é, no futuro, quando chegar na faixa preta, abrir um Centro de Treinamento Certificado aqui em Belém, onde o jiu jitsu brasileiro começou =). Enfim, parabéns pelo excelente conteúdo! Estou gostando demais dos videos!
bjjPará (7/20/2017 11:06 PM)
A. Parabéns! Por que esperar até que você seja um faixa preta para ensinar? Confira os requisitos para se tornar um Instrutor Certificado, você poderia ter uma escola aberta e funcionando dentro de um ano!
Q. Doesn't it become luta livre when you take the gi off?
Super Poporing (4/13/2016 3:12 PM)
A. Not really. Luta Livre is another form of catch wrestling and focuses much more on striking.
Q. Every warrior needs to feel comfortable wearing an Armor, and also need to know that is impossible to wear the armor walking around everywhere! Thanks for the lesson!
Laurenti (12/17/2015 6:56 AM)
A. You're welcome!
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Q. "you have to be comfortable with both..." I love that... thanks for the Philosophy.
anjani (2/16/2015 8:57 PM)
A. Our pleasure, thank for the feedback!
Q. In comparison to BJJ, catch wrestling is essentially similar with maybe a few variations here and there. My question is what aspects of the art would you reccomend me incorporating into BJJ?
Jim Jam (7/31/2014 2:03 PM)
A. Whatever works AND still adheres to the Gracie Philosophy - is punch proof, energy efficient, and based on natural body movement.
Q. Does the no-gi requirement for masters include the gi pants or only gi shorts and gracie rashguard?
GracieNP (4/22/2014 12:30 AM)
A. Pants or shorts is cool.
Q. We train almost 100% with gi which I think is a big mistake. When sparring I generally refuse to play the gi game against my partner as I think that will serve me better if and when I encounter a street situation. Furthermore training with the gi slows the game down to a snails pace and I do not think this progresses the advancement of technique or movement. So often a five minute rolling session is comprised of two guys fighting for gi control. I can't see how this would serve a purpose in the evolution of self improvement for either person. I think that far too many schools are philosophically slanted toward the sport of the art rather than the original purpose of it which of course defnding yourself in a potential life or death situation on the street.
doc3165 (3/17/2014 10:15 PM)
A. Understand the benefits of each and train according to your needs.
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Q. Doesn't training with a gi reinforce the ritual and tradition that is a part of Ju- Jitsu? I generally feel more motivated to train with a gi.
Leo&Bella (1/24/2014 6:59 PM)
A. You can train no-gi techniques while wearing a gi. We wear gi's in Gracie Combatives classes at the Headquarters and CTCS even though none of the techniques uses the gi.
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Q. Why not train in hoodies and jackets? At least in addition. The gi is washable and tough but it always opens up even when a sweatshirt or coat wouldn't and the belt falling off is annoying and doesn't simulate anything we wear.
uroscion (5/8/2013 2:16 PM)
A. Hoodies and jackets are much hotter, and jackets are more difficult to clean. Many people wear belts with their street attire.
Q. I am in law enforcement and feel as if sometimes uniform items could be used in the same way as a gi against me. For that reason I feel that the best training, for me, is often me in a gi and bad guy no gi. I just want to make sure I'm not missing something that would make me want to have each of us either with or without gi.
Jimmy56 (1/4/2013 11:52 PM)
A. Perfect!
Q. is the blue gi available from Gracie Academy?
LINCSakuraDojo (11/1/2012 11:03 PM)
A. Nope, only white!
Q. Is it okay that the only gi's I have are from a different school and say "gracie barra" all over them?
PJ Matlock (8/23/2012 10:00 PM)
A. No problem.
Q. Should I aim to train 50/50 gi/no-gi or some other proportion?
Axel563 (7/27/2012 11:50 AM)
A. That's a good ratio. Here at the Academy, and at our CTC's, the Master Cycles students generally train around 70% gi, and 30% no-gi.
Q. diverse experience makes the learning process much more challeging, gi, no gi, doesnt really matter, if you go back to first principles and learn to learn aspects of the art that bring you out of your comfort zone.
beep (7/23/2012 1:04 AM)
A. Yep.
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Q. Thanks for posting this. Too many people argue about which is better gi or nogi when both styles are very useful and make your jiu-jitsu better. Train both!
BJJ2007 (4/22/2012 7:15 PM)
A. For sure.
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Q. The school I train at is 90% of the time No-Gi. Would I have trouble adjusting to the gi if I go into a school where a Gi is required?
knunez (3/13/2012 8:22 PM)
A. Not after you learned to protect your neck from lapel chokes.
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Q. The last few minutes of this video was perfect. Thanks
Jebo (3/7/2012 10:02 AM)
A. You're welcome!
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Q. I'm a 2nd degree black belt in Karate. I also own a school. Any martial artist who is high enough in any form should realize that no matter how much you know, there is always room for more and there is always someone bigger or better. Martial arts is a co
madman (3/4/2012 11:19 PM)
A. Agreed.
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Q. I just got into an argument with a karate black belt about which martial art is the most effective, ignoring the possibility of one knowing more than one martial art. I pointed to Helio Gracie and the early UFCs to argue for BJJ, but he said real karate g
mandavia620 (2/22/2012 5:29 PM)
A. 1) The better question is which is more effective against a larger, stronger, more athletic attacker. GJJ is the only martial art that consistently enables the smaller, weaker person to survive an attack when physically outmatched by the aggressor. 2) We have many, many karate black belts who practice GJJ who will support your argument. 3) UFC. 4) The most successful "karate" guys in the ring today are ALSO GJJ black belts. 5) Challenge match. :)
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Q. Would a blue-belt exam video with no-gi ever be accepted? I know Rashad Evans has a black belt from Rolles with no-gi.
strat1227 (1/31/2012 4:58 PM)
A. We have many students who shoot their Blue Belt test videos with no gi.
Q. Do u guys have any gracie garages in laredo texas?
raz15 (12/13/2011 10:39 AM)
A. Check the "students and schools" tab at the top of the page. All CTCs and GGs are listed.
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Q. I like your points on this subject. As a martial artist, I really appreciate the fact that you guys talked about this. I think people don't think about the pros and cons of training with gi and with out it. Thank you!
Spanish1 (11/15/2011 12:28 PM)
A. You're welcome, that why we're here!
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