Jiu Jitsu Gi and No-Gi are there any differences

Jiu Jitsu Gi and No-Gi are there any differences


When we talk about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu there are two sorts; the jiu jitsu Gi and No-Gi. 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 Jiu-Jitsu is also ground fighting discipline starts from a standing position. But, the jiu jitsu practitioners wear the standard Gi (the kimono in other martial arts).

The Gi and No-Gi BJJ grappling have plenty of commons points and a lot of differences. In this article, we interest in the differences.

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What are the Differences between Gi and No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu?

What follows is a plethora of differences between the NoGi and Gi jiu-jitsu.

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  • The BJJ grips 

In a grappling or BJJ match the Brazilian jiu jitsu fighters start by first installing good grips ( points of control) applied on the BJJ opponent for the proposal to take advantage of the fight.

Besides, the difference between the jiu jitsu Gi and NoGi is:

In the Gi, it is allowed to you to grab your BJJ opponent’s clothing.
But, in the NoGi grappling you can’t, instead, you can install your grips directly on your jiu jitsu opponent’s body. 
  • Jiu jitsu Clothing

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

Therefore, to practice the jiu jitsu Gi 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 the BJJ NoGi you just need a rashguard (long or short sleeve) and a short.   

  • Jiu Jitsu Game 

A Brazilian jiu jitsu fighter you need to adopt different gameplay while practicing the jiu jitsu Gi or No-Gi.

A BJJ Gi fighter favors the Gi grips to execute choke submissions or to play the BJJ guard like DelaRiva guard or Spider guard, etc.

However a BJJ No Gi fighter will in most time goes to the leglocks, guillotines, RNC submission, brabo or darce chokes.
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  • Jiu jitsu speed and mobility

The BJJ grappling No-Gi mode gives the fighter more speed and mobility in the jiu-jitsu fights or while rolling with your teammates.

However, in the jiu-jitsu Gi mode, the Gi slows you a little bit. 
  • Jiu Jitsu Rules

The Brazilian jiu-jitsu rules have different rules. The jiu-jitsu Gi competition rules disable the heel hook submission technique.

But, most NoGi tournaments eligible the heel hook such as ADCC (most famous No-Gi grappling competition).

Also, there are differences in points awarded in some positions (knee-on-belly, a takedown to side control). Depending on the rules of the BJJ tournament.
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In short, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu Gi or NoGi both are an amazing BJJ martial arts discipline.
Thus, As a  jiu jitsu practitioner, you ought to train in both to become a deal BJJ fighter.
Felipe Pena may be a Brilliant model of a jiu-jitsu world-class competitor in both NoGi and Gi.
We hope that you have been able to differ a little bit between the jiu-jitsu Gi and NoGi. And, feel free to let us know.
What do you prefer more the Brazilian jiu jitsu No-Gi or Gi?



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