Sgt. Slaphead -
another thing.....if only no-gi, are you training jiujitsu? IMO, no. Call it somethijg else or brand it somehow, but it isnt jiujitsu. Of course my opinion is if you not learning fighting, you also dont do jiujitsu, but wtf do i know.
I understand this on GP. I guess it's submission wrestling but at the same time if you came up learning at a Gracie school but doing the no-gi classes does that suddenly mean you aren't doing jiu-jitsu?
The whole gi and no-gi thing surprised me in the late 00's when I hopped online because I started in a Gracie lineage but only did no-gi for a couple years. No one said I wasn't doing jiu-jitsu. I learned without the gi how to shrimp, upa, hip escape, elbow escape, hip heist, flower sweep, and most every other technique that we would consider fundamentals. Eventually I put on a gi because I wanted to start getting promoted but no one said I wasn't doing BJJ and my instructors didn't even talk about gi or no-gi as if they were different things.
Not to mention I was the UFC and PRIDE and hearing the commentators talk about jiu-jitsu, and most of the Gracie in action footage I saw they weren't wearing gi tops or belts. Also besides Royce I was used to seeing Rickson, Renzo, and Royler fight with no gi on in PRIDE and ADCC.
The first 2 BJJ books I had was the Royler and Renzo book with the colored belt chapters and the Royler no-gi book. Even the former was was filled with pictures of them competing at the Abu Dhabi tournaments.