Get your mobility up and you can have a sick 10th planet game.
IMO and I don’t just say this lightly… 10th planetJJ is what Brazilian jiujitsu was to judo all those years ago after count koma taught the gracie brothers and they developed it on their own.
Give it 5-10 years, you’re going to get smoked if you don’t know how to avoid rubberguard, or see the electric chair coming.
It’ll become basic stuff that EVERYONE knows or is at the very least preparing to defend.
It’s going to be a beautiful thing to see that blended with a more aggressive wrestling based top game.
Anyway, even eddie says though that you need that older shit… you need to be able to float back and forth between both to fuck with someone and then get back to the game plan/map (if you look at the front of “mastering the rubberguard” (or twister) the game plan is laid out… fyi lloyd irvin (i think they’re still the top bjj competition team) has charts like that too he just doesn’t publicize his and they’re for regular jj… eddie’s just so confident in the system he kind of dares you to try and learn it and counter it (and if you do it just makes them better when they find a solution to your counter).
It’s (again) just my personal opinion that you do NOT need to train the gi… at all.
yea i said it.
but of course you’ll need to drill your ass off, slow the fuck down when you roll, and learn proper technique not utilizing athleticism so you can develop proper habits.
no one does this…
the other problem?
99% chance you will not find a partner willing to slow down either.
I noticed this even in boxing etc, no one wants to spar at 1/2 pace to just eventually build up your reaction time. Same thing with free rolling, no one wants to develop… oh No no,it’s fucking abu dhabi/lumpinee/pride grand prix night and they’re going balls to the wall.
STRIP THE FUCKING EGO and you can accomplish more training strictly no-gi than you can doing both.
But for the most part at 90% of bjj schools you will NEED to train the gi because it’s the only time that you can get guys to train at a 1/2 pace necessary to develop kinesthetic touch, reaction time, & work integrating your ‘gameplan’ into muscle memory.
So what I would do, unless you’re at a 10th planet affiliate… Train both gi and no gi. Spend most of your time in the gi… when you do train no gi, go ahead and work the rubber guard stuff on the newer guys… or guys who suck compared to you then start moving onto the harder guys…
If you want some shit to roll with and don’t feel like wearing full on tights… I roll with my No-Gi shorts and these:
Honestly I’d probably fight in some shit like shinya aoki lol I have buff thighs though so I can get away with it from an aesthetic standpoint.