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    Default The final word of Rashad Evans' BB for Rolles himself

    We have it!

    To be honest, when I heard all the controversy over this I was surprised. As for Rashad and his abilities I can say this: Today the IBJJF has created the No-Gi Jiu Jitsu tournaments. If Rashad were to compete in these tournaments, he would compete at the Black Belt level, without question. He is a Black Belt in No-Gi JJ.
    Check out more of what he has to say on it here:

    http://www.mmaunltd.com/news/details...black-belt.htm

    You can also see a Q&A we have with Rolles regarding his upcoming bout with Mostapha Al Turk at UFC 109 here:

    http://www.mmaunltd.com/fighters/int...cie-return.htm

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    He is a Black Belt in No-Gi JJ.
    I'm sorry, but that makes no sense to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iconoclast View Post
    I'm sorry, but that makes no sense to me.
    I wouldn't go that far... it makes as much sense to have nogi rankings as it does in the gi. Obviously having a belt is a bit silly as a belt isn't needed as part of the uniform. Shirt is the best option imo.
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    I just don't get people's beef with the issue. To my knowledge and from what I've seen in forums, I've never heard anyone who's actually rolled with the dude and questioned his belt afterwards. Gi or no-gi. His instructor gave him a belt. Nuff said IMO.
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    Chris Brennan grades without the gi also. What's the big problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SDR View Post
    Chris Brennan grades without the gi also. What's the big problem?
    I don't think anyone has a problem with nogi grades, the question is whether Rashad should be called a "Brazilian Jiu-Jitu" black belt.
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    are there any other instuctors who offer a 'nogi grade'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Natural View Post
    are there any other instuctors who offer a 'nogi grade'?
    Eddie Bravo.

    Chris Brennan (as mentioned).

    Leigh Remedios - although, I think his system involves all aspects of MMA/fighting? Not really sure.

    Luta Livre under Marcelo Brigadeiro (sp?) in the UK - not sure if the LL ranking system is the same under all instructors.

    Possibly Pat Militech as well. Again, may be a whole MMA system.
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    I dunno, I think I prefer No Gi to be the polar opposite to BJJ. Relaxed and unconcerned with gradings and belts. Just two guys who train without the gi testing each other in a comp.

    I have always had an underlying cynicism with regards to belt grading in martial arts. It is used as a means of retaining and motivating students to get to a higher level. Of course that's not necessarily a bad thing, but it's open to abuse by the more unscrupulous McDojo owners.

    With BJJ and Judo the gi and is an integral part of the art. Without a gi and a belt to keep your jacket closed you just can't practice the techniques.

    No Gi doesn't need all this though. How good you are at no gi should be brought to the fore at no gi comps rather than any type of grading, all IMO.

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    Surely even if No Gi is your game you need to be ranked so you can be matched up fairly in competitions.

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