"THE ATHLETES WILLING TO COMPETE IN JIU-JITSU NO-GI EVENTS SHOULD WEAR A BLACK BOARD SHORT (SEE REQUIREMENTS) AND A BLACK OR WHITE RASH GUARD HAVING AT LEAST 10% OF THE FABRIC WITH THE COLOR ACCORDING TO HIS/HER BELT RANK."
I think it is a cynical money making scheme.How long before 'official' uniform stockists are announced.
Some people have made comments that the sport needs to present a professional image.I completely disagree.For me No Gi BJJ or Submission Grappling (whatever you want to call it) is all about individuality,you shouldn't be tied to a uniform.No Gi has more in common with Surfing (which is where the clothes we wear when we fight evolve from).Board Shorts and Rash Guards are surfing gear.I feel the whole No Gi competition
scene should be moving towards a more "X GAMES" vibe than an "Olympic Vibe" and that kind of look will attract major sponsors and T.V. deals quicker than all the athletes looking more like Olympic Wrestlers or gymnasts.
How ridiculous would it be to see skateboarders or BMX Vert riders wearing colour coded uniforms,well thats how i feel wearing Uniforms for No Gi grappling will look.
The sport should look colourful and individual as it does now,trying to make it fit some old fashioned preconceived athletic look will age it considerably immediately and make it harder to market.
Jesus,people who don't understand grappling have a hard enough time acccepting it as a spectator sport in the first place,it'll be even worse if all the colour and character is banned.