No-Gi Jiu Jitsu or Submission Wrestling is the modernized form of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). A Gi is the traditional uniform worn in BJJ, whereas in the No-Gi variation, you wear a rash guard and shorts causing variations in the techniques as you cannot grip your opponents uniform. It’s a mash-up of BBJ, Wrestling, Sambo, Judo and many other ground disciplines into one style.
Due to it being slightly more fast paced, the obvious variation of clothing, and the use of submission techniques such as heel hooks, toe holds, wrist locks which are usually banned from other disciplines or competitions; No-Gi is very popular amongst MMA fighters.
The difference between No-Gi and BJJ
Without the use of a Gi, fighters lose a lot of the grips, submissions and sweeps they’d be able to use in BJJ. This makes the discipline a lot more dynamic. There is a lot more movement and position changes, estimated up to 20-30% more.
Also with the two different competitions, each with their own rulesets, IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation) and ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club), which is the biggest No-Gi tournament, the difference in the sports has grown.
In an IBJJF tournament certain moves, eg. heel hooks and knee ripping, are prohibited and would result in disqualification, whereas in the ADCC tournaments, these are allowed moves.
Benefits of No-Gi
Apart from the obvious reasons why No-Gi BJJ is a good sport to learn, like self-defense, or taking it on as a sport, there are plenty of physical and mental benefits. So, if you’re still wondering whether to take the leap or not, here’s some pros.
- Cardio. No-Gi Jiu Jitsu training focuses your mind and body on your technique. You get stronger and fitter faster, lose some weight if that’s your goal, and the classes seem shorter than if you were to be running on a treadmill for as long a time. This not only makes it easier to get in shape, but also more fun!
- Confidence. Learning a martial art doesn’t only work on your body, but also your mind and mentality. Knowing that you can defend yourself gives your self-esteem a boost.
- Stress. Having a good “rolling” (common term for BJJ practice) session forces you to clear your mind so you can focus on your technique. This in turn takes focus away from any work, or life related stress you might be experiencing.
- Discipline. As with many martial arts, you’ll learn discipline. Whether it’s from sticking to your routine or achieving your goals within your training, discipline plays a major role in BJJ.
- Fun. Not only will you get to have fun learning different martial arts, but you’ll meet other like-minded students at Monarchy MMA classes, and even though it might feel like punishment at time, you’ll still have a good laugh.