[QUOTE]Originally posted by Joe Sullivan:
[B]Mike, thank you for your response.
I wanted this two-person kata to be as reality based as possible, so I plugged in two takedowns that didn’t require a person to wear a gi top to be held onto.
You are 100% correct. Judo techniques are designed to work with a big, heavy gi. Many (but not all) of the techniques can be modified to work without a gi however. For example, many of the forward throws (the throws in which your opponent is thrown forward) can be changed by wrapping your arm around their head or by hooking underneath the arm. Even Ippon Seionage (the one-arm shoulder throw) (http://www.judoinfo.com/images/nauta/seoinage.gif) can be modified by squeezing the opponents arm with yours in a clamp-like fashion. (This should be done with or without the gi anyway. But, you can get away without doing it, if your opponent is wearing a gi, due to the increased friction.)
These are just some thoughts. But your point about over-dependence upon the gi is well taken and totally valid.