Friday, November 28, 2014

FACE-OFF FRIDAY: GI/Uniforms vs. No Gi

IT'S FACE-OFF FRIDAY!

Today let's talk what we wear when we train.

I'd like to exempt arts like Judo and HEMA from this discussion, as their uniforms are quite necessary to avoid tearing up normal clothes and in HEMA's case, for protection.

However, for the rest of us - are uniforms (typically Asian-derived - gi/dobok/kimono) necessary?

Some would say it is, to enforce group identity and respect for the history of the art.   Some of us prefer this "traditional" aspect of traditional martial arts, and would also argue that it saves your regular clothes from wear and tear (as martial arts uniforms are made for punishment).

Others would say that one should train in what one is most likely to be wearing in self defense situations - and nobody walks around in a gi in real life (not even in Japan).  Also, some folks think that the trappings of a gi are an anachronism and really isn't applicable in the modern world.

What do you think?

IS A GI/DOBOK OR UNIFORM NECESSARY, OR NOT?