Some good pro gi arguments


Paulo Filho weighs in


You never stop training Jiu-Jitsu in the gi, even with a fight coming up, unlike most MMA fighters. Why is that?

For example, let’s talk about the days when there was a rivalry between Jiu-Jitsu and luta livre. Why did the Jiu-Jitsu guys always have an advantage? The gi lets you use your reason a lot more. Without it there is less variety in the moves and you slip a lot. The gi slows you down and we end up getting overloaded. It’s like the sprinter who trains with a 20 kg weight on him and when he takes it off he soars. With the gi we have millions of positions and variations, so we have to use our heads more. There are several angles for performing an armbar, several chokes, sweeps, passes… That gives you more options and, when in the scramble, it puts a few steps ahead of guys who only train grappling. That’s my theory.

"At first I hated training in a gi"

"It’s no different with the arm-bar, omaplata and triangle submissions. Training in a gi helps to slow the pace by allowing you to secure your partner in a vulnerable position, then, and only then, attempt the sub. In no-gi, most of the time you’re scrambling, moving for an advantage, losing it, starting at square again, etc.

Hence, the primary mantra in grappling, Position before Submission. And there’s no better way to learn side-control, knee-on-belly, north-south, than with the aid of a gi."

Gracie Barra weighs in...

"They believe that training jiu-jitsu in the kimono sharpens the technique to a degree difficult to attain without the gi. Due to the opponents tighter, greater grips and ability to control the gi, the escapes and controls must be more technical. And thus the kimono trainer theoretically develops their higher level of technique.
These champions admit that in the weeks prior to a no-gi competition they will take off the kimono to adjust their grips and some of their no-gi specific strategies. But they felt that their jiu-jitsu came mostly from gi training."