No Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the adaptation and evolution of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu being practiced without the Gi (Martial Arts Uniform), creating a faster, slipperier and more dynamic style of grappling!
No Gi BJJ has really exploded in popularity over the last decade or so since the creation of the ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships by Sheik Tahoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates.
Although some BJJ fighters had taken the Gi off to prepare for Vale Tudo (MMA) fights, it was rare that Jiu Jitsu students trained much without the Gi. Then with the evolution of modern sports competition, the game changed and became more specialized. Techniques and strategies involving the use of both your own and the opponent’s Gi started to become more popular and some said this began to steer the art away from its original combat effectiveness.
No Gi BJJ brings the art back to the raw ability to control an opponent without relying on your or their clothing. No Gi BJJ tends to incorporate more takedowns and a stronger emphasis on movement and attacking submissions across the whole body such as chokes, arm locks and leg locks.
For a long time it was argued that you must learn Jiu Jitsu in the Gi first as it is “More technical”… That opinion is slowly starting to change.
I personally believe that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with or without the Gi are both extremely technical in different ways. And that training in each actually significantly complements the other as they both have a lot of great attributes to offer each other!