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Old 04-30-2008, 10:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Gradings for No gi?

Hey all, Theres a gracie barra academy about 1hours away from where I live which I am planning to start at but I have a question.

My aim is to do competition work in both just ground fighting and in MMA amateur events and I want to train BJJ along side with my Muay thai and background of judo.

I was thinking that i'd most likely be better off going for No gi as that is what would be used in mma competitions.

my question is does anyone know if you are awarded belts/stripes on no gi training or just gi training?

I know I will most likely get flamed by "belts don't matter" ect but a belt in gracie barra is earned and is something to be proud of and above all, it looks good

Looking forward to the responses,
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Old 04-30-2008, 11:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I train no gi. That's all I have ever done, since I train MMA. However, I plan to start training gi as well. I believe with the gi training you will be a much more well rounded fighter. Gi JJ gives you the more technical aspect of submissions which is something that can really benefit you in MMA training IMO. Ideally you should do both, but I definately think that the technical gi training is very beneficial.
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Old 04-30-2008, 11:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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. . . oh yeah . . . and no, you probably would not earn belts with no gi.
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Old 04-30-2008, 11:40 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I know I will most likely get flamed by "belts don't matter" ect but a belt in gracie barra is earned and is something to be proud of and above all, it looks good
Thanks.

in bjj belts do mean alot, you really gta earn it.

just listen to bas

Bas Rutten: He has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Stephen Quadros: Yes, well many of the fighters

have a black belt.

Bas Rutten: Yes, but in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu you cant

buy your belt like in say, Tae Kwon Do.

Stephen Quadros: Do you have any belts?

Bas Rutten: I have a brown belt in Tae Kwon Do.
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Old 04-30-2008, 10:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
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No for no gi they dont give you a belt
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Old 04-30-2008, 11:47 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I know Eddie Bravo has some sort of No gi type rankings but otherwise you don't earn belts for No gi
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in bjj belts do mean alot, you really gta earn it.

just listen to bas

Bas Rutten: He has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Stephen Quadros: Yes, well many of the fighters

have a black belt.

Bas Rutten: Yes, but in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu you cant

buy your belt like in say, Tae Kwon Do.

Stephen Quadros: Do you have any belts?

Bas Rutten: I have a brown belt in Tae Kwon Do.
LOL Bas is boss.
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Old 06-25-2008, 10:59 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I train with the Gi and unlike no Gi you are forced to learn the technical aspects of BJJ. We have a guy in our gym right now that has trained No Gi and is now with us and he was completely losted the first few nights. With the Gi on, not only are your more resticted in your movements, but it is hot as hell sometimes! You learn not just the move, but how to do it correctly.

If you are only training for MMA, no Gi is understandable, but I don't know anyone outside of the ring that fights in tights (that would be a little weird). Trainig with the Gi shows you how to use what the person is wearing to submit them or to advance your position.
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