Gi and No-Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Gi and No Gi are the 2 forms of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Gi Jiu Jitsu is grappling with the use of a traditional Gi, which allows you to grab the clothing of your opponent. No Gi is grappling without the traditional uniform, instead you wear shorts and a rash guard. In no gi you cannot grab your opponent’s clothing. Ralph Gracie Jiu Jitsu in Port Orange teaches both kinds of of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

The Benefits of the Traditional Gi

People who first start out training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu often ask why is wearing a gi  necessary, given that it is big and generally adds at least 3 pounds to your fighting weight. If you think that wearing a gi will cramp your style, then think again.

In “real life situations”, you will be fighting opponents that are fully clothed, especially when the weather is cool to cold. The key to succeeding as a BJJ  practitioner is being able to leverage your grip during a fight or confrontation and using your skills to grapple and overpower your opponent. By training in a gi, you will be able to increase your knowledge and ability to defend yourself and attack your opponent when and if needed in the most effective way possible.

One of the most important factors in making the most out of your training in BJJ is finding the proper technique in escaping your opponent. If you train in a gi, you basically have a tool in your hands. It could, for example, make escaping a grip much more difficult and keeping your balance more challenging during a fight.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is not just about strength. All things being equal, technique trumps strength any day. One of the most important reasons why you must train in a gi is that you should learn how to defend yourself before a problem even begins. A gi offers some measure of protection for you as a practitioner and training in one will help you prevent unnecessary injuries while helping you improve your technique and skill level.

While many people do practice BJJ to experience the pleasure of this martial art form and not just to earn a higher ranking, the truth remains that this discipline does operate using a ranking system. This system is used to mark a student’s progress within the discipline, thereby creating a reference for both the student and the instructor. The system is also useful for marking excellence. After all, you do not earn a black belt for being a mediocre fighter. Your gi, with the belt you earn, is easily your badge of honor.

For people looking to train BJJ, one of the best places to start is at a academy such as Ralph Gracie Jiu Jitsu in Port Orange. For our full schedule of classes which includes both gi and no-gi classes click here.


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