When I was living in Germany as a child, the locals had a hard time pronouncing the name “Gina”, because German doesn’t have a hard “G” sound. Instead, they would say it with a soft G, like in gi. So, it sounded like gi-na. I would like everyone to please start pronouncing it that way whenever I am wearing a gi. I guess during those rare occasions when I don’t have a gi on, you can call me Nogi-na.
My last two grappling competitions were both no gi, and I’m really glad to be competing in gi this time. I always feel more comfortable and confident when I am wearing one. I practice in gi about 80% of the time, so that is where my skills are the strongest. One thing that I have also been trying to incorporate into my already strong guard game is spider guard, and it’s not good for no gi, so maybe I will get to try it out for the first time in this tournament.
There are just so many reasons that I love the gi. I can easily throw someone who is wearing a gi, instead of resorting to leg takedowns or jumping guard like I do in no gi. It is also much easier to control someone when you can grab onto their clothing or belt. Most of all, I think I prefer gis because I love me some choking! The possibilities to choke someone with their gi (or mine) make it extra appealing to me. If I could pull off a bow and arrow in competition, my life would be complete.
My gi and me we’re so crazy,