Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gi vs No Gi Differences Explained

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When we talk about Brazilian jiu-jitsu, there is always a debate between two different sorts of BJJ grappling: jiu jitsu GI vs No GI. Therefore, if you’re a beginner, you’ll find several struggles switching between GI and NoGi due to the differences between them. So:

What are the differences between the No-Gi Grappling and GI games?

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The BJJ No-Gi is a ground fighting discipline starts from a standing position, and where the BJJ fighters wear shorts and a rash guard, also called grappling.

On the other hand, the GI BJJ game is also ground fighting discipline starts from a standing position. But, the practitioners wear the standard Gi (the kimono in other martial arts).

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Discover in this article a lot of differences between the gi and no-gi in Brazilian jiu-jitsu grappling. Stay tuned!
  1. BJJ Gi Grips Vs No Gi

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In a grappling or BJJ match the fighter starts by first installing good grips (points of control) on his opponent to take advantage of the fight. Besides, good grips mean good control on your opponent, and more likely it will give the practitioner more leverage to finish the game.

The difference between the jiu jitsu Gi and NoGi Grips is that in the Gi game it’s allowed to grab the opponent’s clothing (Gi or kimono). However, in the No Gi grappling game it’s not allowed to grab the opponent’s kimono, but you can install your grips directly on your opponent’s body. 

  1. Jiu Jitsu Gi Clothing Vs NoGi

It is obvious to any Brazilian jiu jitsu and martial arts fan that the clothing while practicing the GI differs from the No-Gi grappling mode.

Therefore, to practice the jiu jitsu Gi game you need a Gi or called also kimono (jacket and pant), and the belts that show your jiu jitsu rank. However, if you want to train NoGi you just need a rash guard (long or short sleeve) and a short.   

  1. Jiu Jitsu No-Gi Game and Gi

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As a Brazilian jiu jitsu fighter, you need to adopt different gameplay while practicing the Gi or No-Gi games.

A Gi practitioner favors the grips to execute choke submissions or to play the guard like Dela Riva guard, Spider guard, Full Guard, Half guard,  etc. However, a No Gi practitioner will in most time go to the leg locks, guillotines, RNC submission, brabo or darce chokes, and other submissions.

    1. BJJ NoGi Game’s Speed And Mobility Vs the Gi Game.

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The BJJ grappling No-Gi mode gives the fighter more speed and mobility while executing the different techniques and transitions. However, in the Gi mode, the Gi may slow a bit the jiu-jitsu practitioner. 

  1. Jiu Jitsu GI Game Rules Vs the No Gi.

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There are different Brazilian jiu-jitsu rules between the gi and no-gi grappling disciplines such as in the Gi competition the heel hook submission technique is not allowed. However, this submission is eligible in most NoGi tournaments including ADCC (most famous No-Gi grappling competition).

Otherwise, there are also differences in the awarded points for game transition (knee-on-belly, a takedown to side control, guard passing, etc) depending on the rules of the BJJ tournament.


In short, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu Gi or NoGi both are an amazing BJJ martial arts disciplines. As a practitioner, you ought to train in both to become a tough fighter like Felipe Pena who is a brilliant model of a world-class competitor in both NoGi and Gi.

We hope that you have been able to differ a little between the jiu-jitsu Gi and NoGi. And, feel free to let us know.

Speak your mind; What do you prefer more the No-Gi or Gi?
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