Originally Posted by MIZJUDOZOU
Does your gym sell their own gi's? I always like to buy one from my gym, so that it has their logo. I also always think it is good to support your club.
I like to have at least two (got three now), b/c if you do multiple classes a week, you don't want to wear a used gi. Those things hold sweat like nobodys business. Ask your club if they got any used ones for cheap. That way you have a crap one to train with. Then you can get a nice one if you start to compete.
I have a blue and a white gi. Jiu Jitsu you can have other colors as well. The nicer the gi the more thread in the coat part, which is nice b/c they are tougher fabric. You can tell the difference when you roll with someone. Harder to grab and yank a nice gi, IMO.
I don't wear anything else except compression shorts and a cup. I remember when I first started training I would get rubbed from the gi (especially my nips, ha), but your body gets used to it.
Do they have opens at your gym? My gym has classes and then opens. An open is where you just go in and roll or practice things. I hit two classes a week and then an open. The open is great, b/c you get to just try out whatever you want.
Edit: Check out Marcello Garcia's vids. I like his stuff.
Thanks man, Yeah my school does it's own Gi's, and I spoke to my instructor the other day about getting one, and they're £90, which is pretty reasonable seeing I was looking to pay anything up to £150.
Also, this week, we learned a choke that I don't actually know the name for, and I was wondering if anyone could tell me the name of it, so that I can watch some technique vids on it to go over it again.
Basically, from the mount (top), we would place one arm under the head of the opponent, keeping our elbow planted on the ground. To make it clearer let's say we put our RIGHT arm under. We then gripped the sleeve of our other hand (the LEFT). Following this, the LEFT arm would come across the jaw of the opponent, and under the chin. It would then rest on the bicep of the arm that is under the head, creating the choke.
If anyone can name this for me (I hope my description is clear enough!) then that'd be great!
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