This is one of those posts where I get in trouble with my coaches, and they tell me to take it down because Iâ€™m an idiot. So let me just say that this is my opinion and my opinion only, and Iâ€™m just one guy, and an inexperienced one at that.
So here we go. I personally donâ€™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 itâ€™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 weekâ€™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 â€œpatch-lightâ€ gi of Jimmy Pedro on the right.
I know that some patches bring athletes money, some patches (like those of your team) bring athletes pride, but to me, the former doesnâ€™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 donâ€™t make it there, I wouldnâ€™t want anyone to know anyway.