There is an excelent video of Marcello Garcia talking about BJJ,
and the gi.
and how it is essential.
I have to agree.
Ive spent 20+ good years in a gi- competing. ( til I couldn't)
and plenty( ten or more ) of that time in a wrestling singlet.
I am very biased towards training with the Gi.
Particularly for beginners.
anyone not doing for 4 years more then 3 x a week and competing on a regular schedule is a beginner-
(and that is fine)
most people want to tear shit up - no gi- and get right to the 'heart' of the grappling.
and tend to think the formality of a Gi and a practice that is formal is a waste of time
However the Gi takes the 'speed[' most beginners
( yes blue belts too)
want to use- but cant control
its only hours in the Gi that builds that. ( or wrestling room)
Nogi - grappling does not have the discipline that Gi does
nor is it like a wrestling practice
deep with talent and hard work-
its just not there yet
I've wrote about this before - comparing the two and what I took from each to get better
training in the gi post wrestling season - my head was spinning with ways to make it work no-gi
and how to implement it immediately.
As for MMA grappling- you should spend some times in a gi.
More importantly I will mention you should roll and strike together
its sometimes not beneficial to separate it. but that is another post.
Having Met Barnett( back in February) and had a lengthy conversation
on wrestling judo and MMA
- I can speak on him a little
so can Zen-Nova.
Basically he played Judo- and wrestled very very aggressively
a very different style then the 'classic' judo and he knows the rules.
just like design you can't break the rules or basic principles unless
you already excel or have a strong grasp of the basics.
unless you are a super freak ( like barnett) then all rules are off.
I think I confused myself.
MMA or NOgi wants to break the rules - skip past silly belt road blocks
skip the bowing etc and get right to the good stuff.
which is ok for the most part-
except when your a mess and have no body control yet.