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BSnyder
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Gi and No Gi

Hi,

I noticed that on some of Iain's videos he shows techniques that use the gi. I have also seen others do the same. If you have a technique that uses the gi, Do you have no gi versions of those sequences in the kata or do you modify it for no gi?

Thanks,

Bruce

Iain Abernethy
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BSnyder wrote:
If you have a technique that uses the gi, Do you have no gi versions of those sequences in the kata or do you modify it for no gi?

I think this really comes down to the technique in question. Because karateka tend to train in gis, methods that involve pulling on clothing, using the clothing to strangle, etc are applied against the gi in training. However, the gi is not always a perfect analogue for everyday clothing. Those who have been to seminars will be aware that I will often show the “t-shirt” version for certain methods.

There are some methods that use clothing that can easily be swapped back and forth with a no clothing version i.e. gripping the arm or the sleeve. However, some are entirely clothing dependant i.e. sliding strangles (okuri-eri-jime).

Where it’s appropriate to practice with alternative forms of clothing then we should. Where “gi” and “no-gi” versions exist then both should be practised. In my dojo we do both and prior to any variation in our bunkai drills, we have a mix of methods shown so that people can use clothing against the enemy but are not reliant on it. Likewise, we practise dealing with both body grips and clothing grips.

Good to cover all the bases in my view.

All the best,

Iain

Wastelander
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I tend to take a similar approach to Iain's; trying to keep the majority of the techniques unreliant on the gi, but teaching a few gi techniques with variations, as well. One thing that I have to consider, of course, is that I live in a place that is VERY hot for half the year, and only really "cold" (not by everyone's standards, even) for maybe two months. That means that while people in other places may be able to rely on grabbing long sleeves or jackets where they live, I have a very short window of time where that is a viable option. I think that does tend to make me avoid too much gi-reliant material in training.

Iain Abernethy
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Wastelander wrote:
One thing that I have to consider, of course, is that I live in a place that is VERY hot for half the year, and only really "cold" (not by everyone's standards, even) for maybe two months. That means that while people in other places may be able to rely on grabbing long sleeves or jackets where they live, I have a very short window of time where that is a viable option. I think that does tend to make me avoid too much gi-reliant material in training.

Excellent point! The climate will impact on this. In my case, I live in a place that is cold and wet for the vast majority of the year … but the stereotypical view of Northerners refusing to wear what others would deem weather appropriate clothing is not without foundation. People will wear “summer clothes” in the middle of winter, especially when socialising. Culture and climate will therefore have an influence.

All the best,

Iain