Sean Bollinger & Jerome Basilio are good, but back to my question who place in a major tourny? i like how you side stepped and said they beat up on black belts.
saku is one of my favorite grapplers, yes he is a catch wrestler such as barrnet, yes they are nogi guys, but saku did go to school in japan right? well if he did he did judo in school. judo is part of japanese physical education system, as told to me by my uncle whom is first genertaion japanese born and raised in japan till about 25 years of age. and also told to me by all the japanese judoka that stop by my dojo. anyway as i said every art will have studs. such as karate you have lyoto machida, and greasy ass gsp. but because karate works for them does not mean it anyone that does karate will rule mma.
i am speaking % wise as you are. 99% of good gyms are gi based, theat means 1% of gyms are nogi based. when will these strictly based nogi guys start winning at tournyments that count? one time wins anyone can do it, but as a %. as for traing wrestling wearing a gi, come on, that is like me telling you to run a maration in boots(that is stupid)....
now as for your problem with arm bars from guard, anaconda, rnc and brabo choke, or you feeling of giving too much space ... that is a persoal problem, pretty much sounds like you need to work on your basics alot more. i do gi & nogi, i started with a gi and i prefer a gi, because i have many more grips and variations of throws & takedowns, i can control the legs more efficient, i have more 980634765 chokes, and when i or my opponet escapes it was earned.
First of all: I respect your oppinion and I am aware that history kind of speaks against what I say. Also, I see the facet that makes the Gi fun, but for me the negative factors (too many handles, you sweat your guts out, you have to straighten it out all the time) outweighed the positive ones for me. But seriously, it might be even less than 1% of the black belt level gyms that are mainly no-gi. I still can't think of anyone else than eddie bravo (and I think
Leo Viera is pretty No-gi based, don't know however)
And the marathon thing is the same as training for no-gi with a gi IMO whatever the sport. If you are competing no-gi, train no- gi and of course vice versa. And do you really think Saku's Judo training at school with the gi was what made him so good? The gi is not magical you know... It's not like everyone who touches it becomes better authomatically. He would have boecome equally well if he had trained No-gi. The Gi actually allows for more space, and under and overhooks are completely overlooked. As for the basics thing: I was pretty new to grappling back then, so I might have exaggerated how sloppy I became. As of now I am tighter than ever, and it is mostly thanks to my no-gi training.
And for your no-gi game, the gi doesn what? Teach tightness
? If anything, that's what the No-gi game teaches. Who told anyone that you can't be tight when training no-gi? As a matter of fact, people should spend some time grappling in only shorts, to feel how grappling is late in an mma match when both guys are really sweaty. (so called zero friction grappling, which I just made up). I think that may even be more important than to RAISE the friction by Gi:s, rashguards and gi pants.
I saw no Improvement in Diego's grappling game when ha had spent a lot of time training with the gi. He just seemed shocked that the slipperyness made his guard useless against Jon Fitch.
But this is basically all I have to say on the matter, so I'm gonna stop here. Just curiosity: What MA do you do? You seem like you are really knowledgable and you mentioned something about your dojo? Is it Judo or BJJ?