nz_ROB wrote:So why do we even wear Gi's or doboks or, indeed, any "special" item of clothing in the dojo if these items never appear in public - except on rare occasions - surely we'd all be better of training in items of clothing we wear in the street to get a better feeling of self defence and working with reality?
I tend to think that its not the clothes you're in, but the mindset. Though maybe for reality's sake, we should all start roaming the streets in our gis', hehe (j/k).
That said, there is evidence to support the idea that we retrieve information from memory easier when we are in the same or similar environment to that in which we stored the information. Whether this extends to physical motor skills and muscle memory I'm unsure, though taken to its logical conclusion, perhaps we should all train in everyday clothes/clubbing clothes (or any clothes we're more likely to be attacked in) and train in dojos that simulate a nightclub, an alleyway, a dark glass strewn carpark at 2am (or any other places we're more likely to be attacked). Its certainly food for thought.
Jujitsu came out of a country where tradition and formality are huge parts of the culture, though it was not created for anything other than pragmaticism and survival. In creating a carbon copy of the practises regardless of their efficacy are we not moving away from the "spirit" of jujitsu? Is it not possible for two identical martial arts practised in two identical ways in identical settings to actually be very different and therefore effective to different degrees based upon the socio historical context? One being practical and the other being like a reinactment of centuries old practise when much more effective practises could very well be observed?
Despite being a noob, I tend to think of Jujitsu as a set of principles and not a cookie cutter production line martial art (unless we're talking Koryu). At the end of the day I suppose it comes down to what you want from it, but it is what it is. However, as captaintau pointed out, there are many reasons for wearing a gi. One that springs to mind is the cost effectiveness. My 17th century Japanese peasant costume is costs much less to replace than anything from next, or even tkmaxx, and maybe even primark. More fashionable? Not this century
Feel free to pick that apart, criticise etc. Its the scientific way