A lot of folks join a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school without really knowing if they are choosing the right place to train at. Nowadays we see more and more schools where Instructors teach what they personally “like” and not what the students really need.
A good school will offer a complete package: ground game, throws and takedowns. Training wearing the Gi (uniform), and the BJJ No Gi (submission grappling version of BJJ).
Back in Brazil No Gi was practiced in most schools only among higher belts, but here in USA, since wrestling is so popular, the norm now is to practice both since your first days in BJJ.
Why You Should NEVER Miss BJJ No Gi classes
1 – Boost Your Fitness Level
Yes, you will get in a better fitness level quicker training No Gi! The reason is simple: as oppose as training with the Gi where there are much more “gripping” and it is easy to “slow down” your practice (rolling), in No Gi the students can move much more; holding positions is way more challenging.
All rolling sessions are more explosive at times, forcing the players to be always in motion. It is a different game that will end up helping also your Gi training. We go back to the famous “Catch 22”: while training with Gi gives you a superb refinement and improve your defensive game, the No-Gi will make you more offensive and objective.
2 – Refine Your Technique, Details Will Make The Difference
You can not do a sloppy technique, or forget the details, and expect to be successful (unless your teammate is sleeping…) while training No Gi.
Training Submission Grappling (No-Gi) forces you to pay more attention to each technique. Drilling is essential, and the fewer techniques will work better if your work hard to understand the mechanics of each movement.
3 – It is Fun, Change Your Routine
Going to a class, doing the same warm up, routine, rolling sessions, can get boring once in a while. Having a different kind of training in some point of your week, can give you that “boost” in your motivation that you will need to keep doing BJJ.
Our No Gi classes are every Wednesdays at 8pm, Thursdays at 11:30am, and Fridays at 6pm.