My statement refers to fighters representing the Tracy system in points competitions. Al Tracy developed the checkered gi and it is used to recognize a Tracy fighter. There are other types of competition where it wouldn't be seen, such as shoot fighting. Al Tracy works closely with Bart Vale (7th degree black) to promote shoot fighting in America. By the way, the Gathering of Eagles will be held in Chicago on June 22-23. Go to tracyskarate.com for more details. Michael, talk to Mr. Sumner, he'll be giving a seminar there.