It has been a long time since I posted on this site.
It is not like I forgot about it, I just didn’t have anything to post, strangely Jiu Jitsu got complicated.
I didn’t have anything to post, because I felt like I was lost in this massively deep thing that is Jiu Jitsu, so there was nothing I could write about as I just felt lost. This is not a bad thing, but I felt it pointless to try and force something.
I think it was a bit of the old, ‘the deeper you delve, the deeper it becomes’.
Bjj4life is running another tournament in April, it will be a Gi submission only event, this will be my second competition this year.
The first bjj4life comp this year was my first no-gi competition and I had a really good time. Leading up to it I concentrated heavily on no-gi and it paid off(maybe not in the results of the comp but in general).
It was obvious that I had put more energy into Gi grappling, when I took the Gi off, I felt that I was not as capable. Recently I think I have reduced the gap in my No-Gi and Gi game and my new goal is to merge my Gi and No-Gi game, which I think is what my instructor has done and a few others I have rolled with.
The weather is changing, it is coming into Gi season(it is starting to seem very seasonal) so it will be interesting to see how that affects my POV on Gi vs No-Gi, but at the moment I see them as two sides of the same coin. I know I couldn’t do one at the exclusion of the other, maybe I’m just a product of 8020 and wouldn’t feel this way if I trained at a 100%(or primarily) Gi school.
I have noticed over the 2.5 year period I have been training(which I know is a drop in the ocean really), attitudes toward the Gi seem to sway, they have with me and while it may not be true for everyone I think it does happen and at the moment I think No-Gi is very popular and rightfully so for awesome events like Metamoris and EBI.
But I love them both.