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The Gi Factory Files


Ultimate Fighting Championship 20th Anniversary Part 1

Written by Guru Bear on November 11, 2013.

This November 12 it will be 20 years since the Ultimate Fighting Championship began. I remember it well, saw it on video some months after the ‘pay-per-view’ TV live show aired in the USA.

I remember the event well because it was hyped up to the ceiling as one would imagine, given it was coming out of the USA. READ MORE.


To Gi, or not to Gi

Written by Guru Bear on November 11, 2013.

To Gi, or not to Gi, that is the question. Whether 'tis Nobler in the mind to suffer The Slings and Arrows of outrageously expensive training fees, Or to take off one’s Gi against a Sea of troubles, And by opposing end them…

My apologies to the Great Bard but I was asked this question by three students of mine, on three consecutive days. Like Hamlet himself I felt it was an omen and decided I would give it some thought. Is it better to train in a Gi or Gi wearing style; or without a specific uniform of any kind? In simpler terms, does one train for sport and fitness and the martial art itself; or for combat, street effectives and under conditions that emulate real everyday life?

I have trained in both and still do. I love my martial arts where there is ritual, a uniform and tradition. I also thoroughly enjoy getting stuck in and working out in my street clothes, albeit these days I no longer wear suits or ties unless I’m subpoenaed to do so! Why can’t you enjoy the best of both worlds? READ MORE.


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