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Gi and no-gi have a long rivalry in BJJ and grappling that has changed character dramatically over the course of the art's history. Most modern jiujitsu practitioners from the US train both and don't think much about it, but there are still a significant number of polemicists on both sides. BJJ came from judo, which trained exclusively in the gi, and so was ...


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From the origin of belts and gis themselves: Kano apparently began the custom of having his yudansha wear black obi (belts) in 1886. These obi weren't the belts karateka and judoka wear today -- Kano hadn't invented the judogi (Judo uniform) yet, and his students were still practicing in kimono. They were the wide obi still worn with formal kimono. In ...


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In Brazilian jiu-jitsu with a gi you wear the funny Asian pajamas. In no-gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu you wear shorts and usually a t-shirt or rash-guard top. You can grab onto the funny pajamas but you can't grab onto any clothes in no-gi. The gi absorbs sweat, adds friction, and provides a wide variety of grips to choke, throw, and control from. Often the ...


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White shows blood best, which is practical on the mat. You want to know if you or your partner has a cut or scrape. However, women recommend keeping a black gi to train in during your period (1, 2). Bleach is a non-factor because it weakens the fabric and will cause premature gi death by ripping. Blue and black look slightly more clean and sharp in more ...


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Gi, or more properly dōgi (道着) is wafuku (和服), or Japanese Clothing, and the handedness (for lack of a better word) of kimono is that it is worn with the left panel over the right. It is mostly out of tradition, likely with roots in the the codification of Shintō traditions in which an order of things must be observed (for instance, when praying at a Shintō ...


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I seem to have been thaught a story similar to what Sardathrion explains, yet slightly different. Sadly, though, I have no reference other than "my sensei told me". According to my sensei, people wore the left side on top because the inside of the kimono became easily accessible with the right hand, a bit like a big pocket, allowing to dissimulate weapons (...


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Karate adopted the white uniforms of judo in the early 20th century for two complementary reasons: to increase its appeal to mainland Japan already familiar with its use in Judo as part of the requirements to be recognised as an official martial art by the Dai-Nippon Butokukai, an umbrella organisation seeking to regularise martial arts licencing and ...


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Origin of keikogi, and Japanese left-over-right dress tradition The uniforms of karate, aikido, kendo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, sambo etc are derived from the uniforms of judo, which were themselves based off of everyday Japanese clothing. As such, the tradition of wearing keikogi jackets left-side over right was likewise adopted from the traditional way to ...


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This is basically a matter of traditions. Traditional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners wear a gi, stemming from their origins in Japanese Jiu-Jitsu which uses the gi as the standard in most of its martial-arts. Many BJJ competitions require wearing a gi for all competitors while others are "no-gi" competitions where competitors can wear clothing more ...


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tl; dr Buy what the other people in your club buy. There are variations from brand to brand and art to art. I've done aikido in an aikidogi, a judogi and a karategi; none of them really affect my technique; they do affect my comfort. The big issue is how well it fits, and how reliable the brand is at selling equipment that fits. When I wear through my ...


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Instead of doing a 'simple' belt knot, I use a variant where you put the ends of the belt between the two layers of the belt while doing the knot. This picture: shows how to do it starting with the upper end, I prefer starting with the one coming from below, but it does not make much of a difference. I've been introduced to this method as 'kata-knot' in ...


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In grappling, I think slow wear of teeth is very rare. Problems are much more likely to be sudden impact, when someone hits you in the mouth, either intentionally or unintentionally. Using a mouthguard is common, though not popular. At any given practice, there are usually a handful of people with mouthguards. If you are worried about the wear on your ...


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In terms of sizing you're probably best off just contacting the company you want to buy from with your measurements. They'll most likely be able to help you get the right size. In terms of which one to buy, I would take a read of this article. It even comes with a bonus picture of Kyra Gracie almost wearing a Gi that you boys are bound to like. A summary ...


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To clarify on the use of bleach, as long as it is non-chlorine based (like borax or OxiClean) you should be fine to use it. Chlorine bleach will yellow your non 100% cotton clothes but color safe or oxygen based bleaches should be fine. Personally, I use baking soda (somewhere between 1/4 and 1/2 a cup depending upon your washer/load size/etc.) to keep my ...


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BJ Penn and Demian Maia The training results of BJ Penn and Demian Maia cannot be replicated at will. Some people just have natural gifts. Luck also plays a factor, as does physicality, especially as relates to avoiding injury. Without discounting the tremendous amount of hard work that he put into training, BJ Penn was bestowed with natural physical ...


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As far as I know the left side over right is for the living. Dead bodies get kimono tied right over left. Some sources include wikipedia and Japan Zone for example. So, unless you are an undead, there are no exceptions.


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Short answer to your question: There is no disadvantage to learning both variants at once. And now for some detail... Training as much as possible is ideal. If that means doing both gi and nogi, so be it. Doing BJJ, regardless of what you're wearing, will make you better at BJJ. Beyond that, it depends what your goals are. In the months leading up to an ...


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When I first started training, I was expected to learn about the history of Karate and answer questions regarding the colours and symbols of our uniforms. One such question was: "Why is our gi white?" I believe that what I was taught goes well with what a previous poster stated: "The white uniform represented the values of purity, avoidance of ego, and ...


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Take it to a dry cleaners that does repairs/alterations of clothes etc. They have really good sewing machines that get through the thick fabric.


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There are two common ways of tying a belt. The simpler is by wrapping one side under in a loop and then tying a simple knot with both ends: However in my experience this style is prone to coming loose, especially in BJJ and ne-waza. The second technique is more stable during rolling/randori: The following video illustrates both versions: How to Tie Your ...


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Not a knot style answer, but once you've tied the knot, rather than just pulling the loose ends, grasp the ENDS of the belt firmly, bring your hands together, then pull apart as hard as you can. This creates a tighter and more secure knot. Source - retying belts for kids just about every class.


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Train More. The only real way to get better at anything, and especially Brazillian Jiujitsu, is to train more. That's the only answer. The reason Demian Maia, BJ Penn, Kid Dale etc got their black belts in a few years, is because they trained 2 or 3 sessions a day, 6 days a week at their prime for competitions etc. You can not only pack a lot of years of ...


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Yes, you can really feel the difference in a gi made of heavier weight material. I own a few heavy weight gi I purchased once I reached dan rankings in their respective arts, and they held up very well over years of hard use and many washings. The light weight gi can make a whip-cracking snap, but the heavier weight gi make a lower register whoosh and pop. ...


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It may be something akin to button sides. This may explain the difference in death as well, as few corpses dress themselves. Mens’ buttons are on the right side because men have always tended to dress themselves and most men (and women, for that matter) are right-handed. Womens’ buttons are on the left side because years ago (say, during the Victorian Era), ...


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I find that my no-gi fighting has become an order of magnitude better due to wearing a gi. You will find a few benefits: It slows down your game considerably, which means that you can't just rely on raw speed and athleticism to get your moves off. Your grip strength will increase dramatically which will make your arm drags more effective as well as let ...


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One major reason for the change (in addition to making refereeing easier) was to make judo more appealing to TV audiences, and in this the IJF explicitly disavows any responsibility to adhere to Japanese aesthetic or traditional values (and hence no pressure to consider e.g. indigo): As the birthplace of judo is Japan, the techniques and spirit of judo ...


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Legal My personal understanding (sorry, no official guidance) is this use of the skirt portion of the jacket is legal. This is basically the same use of the opponent's gi as in kata juji jime. The rules are imprecisely written, which is very annoying. "Using only the fingers" would also seem to preclude ryote jime, but ryote jime is legal. Using a belt ...


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Sewing machines won't work for sewing patches on your gi. I use a straight running stitch (basting) starting with the knot coming through the back of the material. That way, your thread stays inside the outer ridge of the patch. Or you can use the overlap stitch (overcast) to keep the patch from curling and pulling away from your gi when you wash it. You ...


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A quick way to gain a blackbelt in BJJ is basically to train in you Dojo at least 4 times a week with your sensei(the one awarding the belt) present. Compete in events representing your school/dojo and win Pay for it Ok now i will explain why. 1 and 2 is self explanatory. It is important the you train hard and be seen training hard. In the end when you ...


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I wouldn't compare yourself with BJ Penn unless you're a kid who can train several hours every day without fail. I think you need to evaluate why you are training in BJJ. If you are training to get your belts as quick as possible then I suggest you stop training as this is not the best mentality to have. BJJ is not something you will get instant ...


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