Traditional BJJ is taught in the Gi (or Kimono) but has since branched off into No-Gi submission wrestling and BJJ for mixed martial arts.
In many GB Schools around the world, many GB athletes are preparing for the No-Gi Worlds. No-gi submission grappling rules is a competition format that is increasing in popularity worldwide.
While most of the principles of jiu-jitsu are shared between gi and no-gi there are some significant differences (especially in grips!) and those jiu-jitsu practitioners looking to have a complete jiu-jitsu should spend some time training no-gi specific techniques in addition to the regular gi classes.
The student is forced to learn new grips since the collar, sleeves and pant legs are no longer available. That awesome spider guard is not so awesome without the sleeves to control!
You can adapt your bjj to use non-kimono grips like under and over hooks, collar ties and wrist controls. You will gain an new understanding of the “handles” on the human body and how to control an opponent.
Our No Gi classes are available for our advanced students only. No Gi is fast-paced, cardio heavy, and requires a lot of flow and precise technique.
It can be very dynamic and less of the slow grind that grappling in the Gi can often involve. They can be quite different but both a lot of fun! The warmups for No Gi at our school are also more varied and dynamic to prepare our athletes for what the style involves.
Yes! Training seriously in mma is not for everyone. Not only do you train your bjj for mma, but additional training in wrestling takedowns and boxing / muay thai is essential.
Most mma practitioners are highly conditioned athletes with a serious commitment to training. You have to ask yourself if that is what you are willing to sign up for?
The benefits of training bjj for mma are that you develop a high degree of confidence in your ability to use your bjj against another aggressive, trained opponent in a high intensity environment. Our MMA class includes a focus on combining our No Gi training into a setting that involves striking and kicking