Sometimes, students get curious about No-Gi training but don’t really know the difference between the two styles.
Actually, the core techniques, positions and principles of jiu-jitsu are mostly the same despite a different rule set for competition or a street self-defense situation.
That said, what ARE the main differences between gi and no-gi?
1) The grips: the most obvious difference between the 2 styles of jiu-jitsu. Switching from gi training, you might be surprised to discover your favourite gi grips have disappeared entirely!
2) The gi has more choke attack variations.
3) Leg attacks: No-gi focused students spend much more of their training time on leg attacks and have contributed greatly to the evolution and sophistication of the leg attack aspect of jiu-jitsu.
If you haven’t yet, consider attending our No-Gi class to get out of your comfort zone and test the differences yourself.
See you on the mats!
Source: Student Question: “What is the difference between Jiu-Jitsu with the gi and no-gi?” (Graciebarra.com)