Patches in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, and MMA

roger-gracie-jiu-jitsu-fashion-plain-black-shortsThis is one of those posts where I get in trouble with my coaches, and they tell me to take it down because I’m an idiot. So let me just say that this is my opinion and my opinion only, and I’m just one guy, and an inexperienced one at that.

So here we go. I personally don’t like any labels, patches, branding, etc on fighters in MMA, jiu jitsu, or submission grappling. I have tremendous respect for fighters that have the opposite view, but for me it’s just what I like: simple. It was nice to see Roger Gracie wear simple black shorts (which is a relative rarity in MMA) to his last week’s Strikeforce battle.

Now I understand the importance of teams in BJJ competition, so I think a single little patch is cool, but coming from a judo background, I will always prefer a gi with no patches at all (except what nation you represent). So instead of the patch covered gi of Caio Terra in the image on the left, I prefer the “patch-light” gi of Jimmy Pedro on the right.

Caio-Terra-with-lots-of-gi-patches

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I know that some patches bring athletes money, some patches (like those of your team) bring athletes pride, but to me, the former doesn’t matter, and in the latter case I prefer to carry my pride a little quieter, on the inside. Everyone will know what team I represent when I stand on the podium with a gold medal around my neck, and if I don’t make it there, I wouldn’t want anyone to know anyway.

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