Since in Urban Jiu Jitsu we mix training on a middle group (or on a free mat) and sometimes we do in kimonos, sometimes without, sometimes it’s good to say a few words about it together.
Beginning: all in all this … why is it better in kimono?
During the first trainings we usually learn by putting on a kimono, but did you ask yourself why? Well, for many people the fight on the ground floor is not too instinctive, we do not understand how to control the distance, how not to be crushed. Here kimono comes in. A tool for understanding the role of grips in combat and distance control. Just one person who likes to catch and hurl and we already understand why we should care about these things. Thanks to the fact that we have a kimono we can learn how to fight with a spider’s throat or collar&sleeve. Then suddenly a position appears where we feel relatively safe and the handles behind the kimono make it easier for us. From above we have a series of passages where we grab the legs and collars and try to get the person from below. Crush 🙂 In addition, there are many different attacks from the bottom and from above where we rely on the collars, whether it’s rolling, stewing or levers;] We go one step further.
We go one step further: we take off the kimono
With time there is an opportunity to fight without kimono or so called submission fighting (shorts and shirt) and here comes our ego and you can hear various interesting texts (even from higher belts) such as “I prefer in rags”, “weak I am without kimono”, “bad is fighting for me when I don’t have something to catch”, “weak I’m in levers for legs”, “I don’t know how to get supplies”.
Let’s be honest about two things:
1) These are excuses only
2) The same works the other way round: “I don’t like it because someone will catch and hold”, “this modern jiu jitsu is meaningless”, “I don’t know how to fight in a stand-up because I can’t do anything”.
Fighting without kimono has its advantages and disadvantages:
– there is nothing to catch fighting with a guard, but on the other hand the person will not catch the legs from above and will not crush us.
– from above there is no way to grab tricks but from below when attacking it is more slack not to let go.
The same applies to the transition to a kimono:
– transitions such as, for example, dragons give us nice bursts thanks to which we are able to attack strongly or at least evoke a strong reaction.
– if we fight in kimonos then no one will slip out of the strangulation or lever…. which of course works both ways
You could discuss it infinitely, give away the pros and cons, chase out what’s better or worse, but that doesn’t lead to anything.
First we learn the basics in kimonos to survive 🙂 to be able to catch something and either push back or drag. If we feel it, we start looking for techniques and catch the bug. The next step to development is to make it harder to have fun. One of such difficulties may be throwing tricks out of the window and focusing on submission fighting. You have to move all the time, think all the time, attack at the right time. It will not go through such an option to mindlessly catch a kimono and press like a marten in an gooseberry.
Now…. if we return to the kimono afterwards:
It’s worth coding in your head to continue fighting as if you didn’t have a kimono. We don’t rely on grabbing the material but we fight all the time thinking as if it wasn’t whoon, trying to attack in time and DOPIERO help each other with grab handles so that someone won’t run away from us.
In this way we are able to DOCENE the differences between training in kimonos and training without kimonos. With this approach you will go much further than looking for excuses.