Jiu-Jitsu is much more than just a sport. It is often described as a lifestyle and for some, a process of transformation. Despite BJJ’s newer claim to fame, through the UFC and MMA, the benefits flow into all aspects of life, from making the best of friends to positively improving self-confidence, physical well-being and mental health.
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BJJ and No-Gi Submission Grappling Explained
Jiu Jitsu is much more than just a sport. It is often described as a lifestyle and for some, a process of transformation. Despite BJJ’s newer claim to fame, through the increasing profile of MMA and the UFC, the benefits of training remain limitless and flow into all aspects of life, from making the best of friends to improving self-confidence, physical well-being and mental health.
As a BJJ student, you will learn how to control and overcome an opponent of greater size and aggression, utilizing superior leverage, grip and positioning in relation to your opponent. Thus, Jiu Jitsu practitioners develop a deep understanding of conflict management and through sparring they hone the ability to push themselves both physically and mentally, far beyond what they previously deemed possible.
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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & No-Gi
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners wear a traditional uniform or Gi. A Gi is a heavy cotton jacket with a thick collar, drawstring pants, and a cotton belt which is coloured to denote rank. The grabbing of clothing imparts control over your opponent and even offers options to win via submission. In No-Gi Jiu jitsu (or Submission Grappling) a rashguard and shorts are worn. Grabbing the clothing is not permitted and thus the No-Gi version of the sport is often viewed as faster and more energetic, with the Gi offering a more methodical and technical game.
Training in a Gi as a beginner is standard practice, as it's paramount to learn defensive principles such as protecting your neck and escaping under debilitating levels of friction. On the other hand, No-Gi training is great for beginners to develop slick offensive skills, because they can’t rely on strong controlling grips to pin opponents or finishing with a variety of powerful collar-choke submissions that the Gi offers.
To develop the most well rounded athletes and students, Guildford Jiu Jitsu offers regular classes in both Gi and No-Gi and we suggest that a combination of both styles is the best way to learn.