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Sparring with Newbies
Have the newbie remove his/her gi top.

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• Part 1: Introduction
• Part 2: Eyes Wide Shut
• Part 3: Play-by-Play
• Part 4: Go Topless
• Part 5: One Dimension
• Part 6: One Attack
• Part 7: Learn by Teaching

Go topless

In this one, you can keep your mouth shut. But, your newbie opponent has to shed his or her GI top--and depending on the person, you'll probably want to keep your eyes open.

Ok, I know this sounds fishy, like a cheesy way to get the new babe/hunk in class to show some skin. But it really makes sense, at least in grappling rounds.

Having your opponent remove his/her GI top means you have fewer techniques to use, while he/she still can use techniques that require the GI on you. For example, you won't have as many chokes or throws, since you won't have the GI top to grip.

Without a heavy cotton GI weighing him/her down, your newbie opponent should be faster and less encumbered. Granted, there are a few techniques where wearing a GI helps the newbie, such as in the case of gripping one's own lapel to defeat an armbar attempt. But overall, in my opinion, your wearing a GI top gives your opponents handles with which to grasp you, and a nice noose around your neck.

Of course, your newbie opponent should be sure to wear some sort of garment instead of the gi--you don't want that jaw of yours that's hanging open to get clocked with a nice right cross.


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