Braulio is awesome. so is his brother.
Marco dont you feel you use more strenght and depend more on being slippery by only ytaining nogi?
whenever i trained and rolled then i was always all out for the technical side of grappling, especially with guys smaller than myself, that way when i had beat them they could never say oh its because youre stronger, i have always used "small man" jui jitsu and wrestling and thats what people have told me.
because i always trained with smaller very technical guys thats exactly how i developed my game, in the same way as theres. so when i came to bigger guys i had size, strength and the technique.
strength is a vital part, [ more importantly functional strenght ] of wreslting, no gi , mma etc but like i say i spent years refining my technical side and have surprised many people over the years with the way i move,......or at least thats what they say when i am there ;)
tom blackledge is the same as me, big & strong guy but very technical in his game.
as for the argument of gi v no gi then its horses for courses, the no gi game is a lot quicker than with the gi [ therefore , for me far more entertaining ] and you dont have the control and handles to hang off, thats where the wrestling element comes in, you must learn to control guys without the use of clothing [ obviously this applies for mma too ] and it opens up a never ending world of scenario and situations. like i said horses for courses, for MMA spending time in a gi is simply not applicable in todays game, for sub grappling comps then the choice is yours
I agree about the cloth/handles issue. When i fought mickey young for instance, i had done zero mma/no gi sparring. When i caught him in a omoplata, i was looking for his pants or belt, instead of breaking down his posture, and he escapes
For me its very hard, i started out with out a gi, but i started to love gi training so much. I realy hate when i have to lay off the gi game.
I love the way that with a GI youve got extra limbs so to speak (4arms and legs) , I also reckon it teaches you to keep your game tight, and learn to limit the gaps.
I had surgery a month ago (to repair a perferated ear-drum) , the doctor told me yesterday i cant box for atleast 3/4months :mad: ............looks like i might be saying goodbye to competing in MMA for a while