Martial Arts Uniform
Here are no martial arts uniforms at Toronto Fightclub. Most other martial arts have a uniform. It is a white, cloth outfit with grips on the sleeves and the lapel called a ‘gi’.
That sort of martial arts uniform is used to execute specific throws and chokes. Systema practitioners do not wear a gi. The closest thing we have to a martial arts uniform is army pants and a Fightclub t-shirt. Students are encouraged to wear whatever they like.
Just be sure that whatever you chose to wear is durable and easy to clean.
A couple reasons have persuaded Toronto Fightclub to avoid using martial arts uniforms. First, you will not often find yourself in a self-defense scenario involving gi-clad assailants. True, a martial arts uniform can simulate a jacket, training you to fight comfortably in the winter and fall.
But what do you do in the summer? Or in-doors, surrounded by people in jeans and a t-shirt? Toronto Fightclub forgoes martial arts uniforms because they are not realistic enough. Secondly, while training in a martial arts uniform helps prepare the student for fighting under claustrophobic conditions, there are a number of ways to do so without the need of a gi.
We train to work against multiple attackers and in crowd situations. From time to time, we also train wearing jackets and even move our classes outdoors. What we may lose in specific conditioning based upon martial arts uniforms, we more than make up for in the diversity of our methods.