Both Styles of Jiu Jitsu Excel Your Game
I see a lot of talk on social media about which style of training is better: gi or no gi. There are die hard grapplers in either camp that think that their style is the only way to train. In my opinion, I think the best way to get the most out your training is to do both. Gi is the best place to start, because it is the perfect jumping off point to learn the fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Grips, body placement, and angles are all concepts that I think can be taught easier in the gi. Also, you can slow down your opponent which gives you a chance to save yourself from a bad spot or set up a tricky submission. On the flip side, if you rely too much on gi grips it can be detrimental on the street if you don’t have access to them. Being able to adjust your grips to no gi variations when you can’t use gi grips can help in both types of training. Without the grips, no gi teaches how to control through the use of pressure and hooks. Even a small gap can lead to your opponent escaping so learning how to stay tight and proper hook control can help your overall Jiu Jitsu. Finally, no gi is a transition heavy style of grappling due to less friction and more opportunity to create space. Ending up in a scramble, a fight to retain or improve your position, is taxing on the body and requires a certain amount of endurance. This is a great way to improve your Jiu Jitsu cardio and quick thinking. Whichever style you primarily train in, don’t forget about the other side of the coin. Learning from the other side will give you new perspective and improve your overall game.