Brazilian jiu jitsu with grappling shorts: No Gi.


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ADCC 2016 photo

Gi: Uniform (In the jiu jitsu wouls be bjj gi or kimono jiu jitsu).

No: Without.

No-Gi Jiu jitsu: it is the jiu jitsu partitioned without the jiu jitsu gi.

Some people just call it grappling (they says is the lack of techniques involving the use of the belt or the use of the jacket plus the lack of grip is not Jiu jitsu).

No -Gi is my favorite form of Jiu Jitsu , Purist of traditional Jujtsu simply calls it  grappling ( claiming that the lack of techniques based on the usage of kimono jiu jitsu techniques and the lack of techniques  using the martial belt arts make this discipline can´t be called  be jiu jitsu completely ). No-Gi is the submission fight in which the techniques of jujutsu and brazilian jiu jitsu are used in order to achieve submission or submission of the opponent, in this mode are used, the score is different than traditional jiu jitsu, No Gi competition mainly allows the Heel Hooks, which in jujutsu competition is not allowed due to the dangerous nature of the technique ( is very easy to fracture an ankle with this technique).

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Lovato vs. Popovitch in No-Gi Worlds final courtesy of Gracie Jiu Jitsu Magazine

In no-gi Brazilian jiu jitsu, enthusiasts wear no gi. As a substitute they wear rash guards and grappling shorts also called mma shorts (due the duality of usage in both disciplines). Mixed Martial Arts enthusiasts might be used to seeing mixed martial artists in either only compression shorts or compression shorts under board shorts, but without having shirt, female mixed martial arts practitioners tend to wear sports bras, perhaps a rash guard, and compression shorts and perhaps board shorts. So there are a lot of options, though straight bjj academies tend to prefer students to cover up on top; unlike the professional mixed martial artist, typical bjj students have no incentive to put their faces into somebody’s naked armpit.

Also in MMA events, you will always see a referee checking to make sure the men are wearing cups. I have heard this referred to as the “jock knock,” due to the fact the athlete frequently raps on the cup with his knuckles to prove it is there. (And yes, I wish I could take credit for inventing the phrase.) Some straight bjj tournaments forbid the wearing of cups, while others do not. For regular training, different men have different preferences, and of course, women do not need to deal with this at all.

I started out with BJJ Gi, but then as we transitioned in  my mma academy to just MMA training we went no gi and I vastly preferred it. Rolling and pulling moves with the gi just seemed so artificial, the no gi training seemed more pure and real. Plus a lot less hot, with a nice heat gear rashguard instead of heavy cotton gi is most comfortable and no talking about my bag every day is a lot less heavier than a year ago when I used Gi (A BJJ Gi sweated is a very heavy load to my back).

The majority of pro jiu jitsu fighters compete in gi and NoGi Modalities:

I begun out using BJJ Gi, however as we moved forward in  our mma academy to only MMA training we went no gi and I widely recommended it. Rolling and pulling techniques with the gi just seemed so unnatural, the no gi training appeared far more pure and real. Plus a lot less hot, with a nice heat gear rashguard rather of weighty cotton bjj gi. Is very comfortable and no talking about my back pack every single day is a lot less heavier compared to 1 year ago when I used Gi (A BJJ Gi sweated is a very heavy load to my back).

Talking about No-Gi somebody said on an internet forum that no-gi trains to use the body instead of the outfits. All human beings have a body, not all people wear clothing in all situations of their life. Gi training is useful and neat but there are a lot of impracticalities that only make sense if you’re wearing the right set of clothes.

Buy the Best BJJ Gi or the Cheap BJJ Gi for kids

Price is a main factor when choosing a kid´s jiu jitsu gi or a bjj gi. Some Parents will buy the best brazilian jiu jitsu gi they can find. Others will only look at cheap jiu jitsu kimono. Depending or your economics both strategies may work.

An expensive bjj gi may not be a good idea if you are not sure about your children likes, if they are just starting to study Brazilian jiu jitsu. Due the physical of the sport newcomers frequently quit. Two kids staring one each other before a jiu jitsu bout

Two kids staring one each other before a jiu jitsu bout

Because of that, probably it´s not a good idea to buy the most expensive jiu jitsu gear with a lot of jiu jitsu patches just because you want your kid looks like  a pro.

Purchasing a cheap Gi could be a bad idea. If your kid end up loving the sport, you’ll have to go shopping a new Gi sooner o later

My advice is to purchase a mid-range Bjj gi that meets all their needs without being too expensive unless you find a bjj gi sale. This way you get a quality gear with out burning your money.

Pros of having the Best Jiu Jitsu Gi

Before anything, the term “best Bjj Gi” does not exist. It should also be understood that having the right gi won’t automatically turn your kid into the world’s greatest jiu jitsu Master.

Training is the key. However, a great gi can still give you some advantage when practicing.

Fit and comfort are two of the most important things you will look in a good gi. If the gi is smaller or larger, it is gonna be a real handicap. (nothing is worse than tripping over your own uniform or having your movement restricted during an important move).

Confidence and comfort may not sound all that impressive for parents, but they’re deciding factors when the kid is in the mat.

If you’re still skeptic about this, ask yourself why so many great fighters dedicate enormous amounts of time to finding jiu jitsu kimonos that fit their needs. Durability and material thougness are principal matter for most of the pros.

Tips On Choosing your kid BJJ Gi

Every bjj gi has its own unique features and advantages. If you want to get the best you can afford money is not all, you’re gonna need to know what to look for:

  1. The Fit: Make sure that the gi isn’t too loose or too tight for your kid. If it is, choose a different size or move on to another style. An ill fitting gi is a nightmare. It will make the practitioner more vulnerable to grabs.
  2. Comfort: A gi that’s not going to irritate you, even after 1 hour of competition and sweat. Lighter weaves are good for this since they are more breathable and generally made from softer materials.
  3. Durability: You want a Gi that will last at least a year. In any case not less, look for a Gi with reinforced stress points with  extra padding in places that usually tear, like the armpits. This will increase longevity, saving you from having to constantly replace your gear.

If you consider nothing else, at least look for a gi that fits properly, is comfortable to wear, and can last for more than a year. These three factors will help you to find a Gi that suits your needs and enhances your fighting capabilities.

Finding  for a kid jiu jitsu gi may seem simple, but is not.  The most important thing to remember about is that kids grow and some grow pretty fast . When shopping for a kid’s BJJ gi you should look for something with a little extra room in it. The gi shouldn’t be baggy or oversize, but it should be large enough to still accommodate them if they end up growing.

By making sure that the gi has some room for a child’s growth, and is durable enough to withstand any kind of rough play, you can save yourself a lot of money.

This is a Fuji Bjj Gi for kid

This is a Fuji Bjj Gi for kid

Kimono Jiu Jitsu or Jiu Jitsu Gi?

What is a Jiu Jitsu Kimono and why to call it BJJ Gi.

Kimono: Is a Japanese traditional garment. Has come to denote these full-length robes. Kimono is always used in important festival or formal moments, it is the representative of polite and a very formal clothing.

As you may notice, major manufacturers refers to the uniform as kimono or gi, (as a kimono is a more universal word is easy to be readed by the internet audience)

Jiu Jitsu: Is a Japanese martial art and a method of close combat for defeating an armed and armored opponent in which one uses no weapon or only a short weapon.

So after these definitions a jiu jitsu Kimono is a robe used to practice Jiu Jitsu. But it is no so simple in real life: A jiu jitsu kimono of today is as important to its owner as armor was to the ancient Samurais. These kimonos are very meaningful for people who perform this martial art but the best thing to call a jiu jitsu kimono is “jiu itsu gi” due this:

Although the word kimono is not exactly wrong, the kimono is regarded as a traditional Japanese garment. The word “kimono” literally means a “thing to wear” (ki “wear” and mono “thing”). This is usually associated with the traditional colorful robes more commonly (but not exclusively) worn by women and children in Japan.

The word “gi” derives from “keikogi” which means training gear. Keiko signifies “practice” in Japanese, while gi means “dress” or “clothes” (similar to the “ki” in kimono). This is a budō term in which the word “keiko”can also be replaced by the word “do” meaning path, road or way. Dogi is a very common in Japan, used to explain your training clothing.

To conclude Jiu Jitsu Gi means “jiu jitsu clothes” or “jiu jitsu uniform” as we exclude the term “kimono” due his definition of traditional japanese clothing, very different to the ones used to practice this sport.

The Jiu Jitsu Gi uniform consists of 3 pieces: a jacket or top, a pair of drawstring pants, and a belt. The Gi is made out of a specially weaved cotton material that will be able to withstand the rigorous practice of Jiu jitsu without immediately tearing.

Gracie Barra Bjj gi vs anatama one

Here you can see a fighter (blue) using a gracie barra Jiu jitsu Gi

The martial artists generally classify the jiu jitsu kimono depending on the material that is used in fabrication. The most popular are:

  1. With single weaves are the lightest while the double weave uniforms are the heaviest ones.
  2. With gold weaves may be light or heavy depending on the fabric used.
  3. With hybrid weave made from one piece of material.

The pants of the jiu jitsu kimonos are not manufactured of the same material as the tops. Three different types of fabrics are used to make these pants. These are:

  1. Drill cloth the most popular fabric and the traditional material that is used for manufacturing the jiu jitsu pants.
  2. Rip stop are now gaining popularity as they are harder to rip or tear and some of them may never rip.
  3. Canvas is most comfortable and it has a better tear resistance compared to the drill cloth fabric.

The colors that are allowed by the competition rules are black, white and blue. The belt color must be according to the category of the martial artist.

Today the there are many different brands, deciding whic is the  best jiu jitsu kimono is a difficult choice. Here are some brazilian jiu jitsu kimono:

  • Kimono Atama jiu jitsu: Atama is a japanese word which means head, mind, intelligence. Because of the variety and the quality of their products, Atama became known worldwide. Atama is present in the whole Brazil territory and exports for many countries in Europe, United States, Japan, Australia, United Arab Emirates and others.



    1. Kimono Koral jiu jitsu: Koral has long been known to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu players worldwide as one of the top Brazilian kimono companies in the market. Renowned for their toughness and durability, the Koral gi’s state-of-the-art construction has made Koral a top MMA fight brand for years.


    What’s the difference between a Jiu Jitsu Kimono and a Judo Gi?

    Basically in form and function, they are the same: a heavy top with a thick collar for throwing and wrestling, pants typically with reinforced knees for wrestling, and a belt for keeping the top closed as well as being an extra hand hold.

    At a beginner training and competition level, the use of either jiu-jitsu kimono or judo gi is mutually exclusive, it’s the uniform that you get beat in. Jiu-jitsu tournaments are more poorly organized than judo, so a proper judo uniform is necessary for competition but jiu-jitsu kimonos fall in this category.

    From what I have observed, it seems like the judo uniform sleeves can be worn higher and tighter than in jiu-jitsu. The jiu-jitsu kimonos have thicker lapels on average and are built to withstand the rigors of groundfighting. Judo gi’s usually have a two piece cut, while jiu-jitsu has a one or two piece cut.

    Here is a little Guide to choose the right Jiu jitsu Gi for you:

    Favourite BJJ techniques of 3 Legends of Brazilian Jiu jitsu

    Martial Arts is all about competition, in brazilian jiu jitsu (bjj) is just like that, the competiton is based in many factors, keeping position, transitions, defense moves, bjj techniques etc, and evry fighter mus be better than the day before to keep pace with their competitors.

    For me one of the most important things is the bjj techniques: You need to be a master of this nes if you want to submit your opponent (you must know that this thecniques are also used in other martial arts and for self defense as well so they are important outside the Jiu jitsu tatame).

    Today I want to talk about three celebrities and their Favourite BJJv Techniques:


    Renzo Gracie. Favourite bjj Technique: Guillotine Choke.

    One of the first martial arts legends to be known worlwide, Renzo Gracie is a Jiu Jitsu black belt from the famous Gracie family (founders of Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu). He has formed several renowned black belts, Renzo Gracie started to be noticed as a competitor in the 90’s winning important tournaments such as the ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) and several MMA fights in Japan, Brazil and US.

    The guillotine,  is a chokehold in brazilian jiu jitsu and wrestling applied from in front of the opponent. The choke involves using the arms to encircle the opponent’s neck in a fashion similar to a guillotine.


    Royce Gracie. Favourite bjj technique: not found.

    Royce was the man who puts the brazilian jiu jitsu at world stage. Royce’s reputable career as a fighter began in 1993 after defeating three opponents in the first Ultimate Fighting Championship in Denver, Colorado. His brother Rorion came up with this innovative challenge as a way to show Gracie Jiu-Jitsu to the world. Royce Gracie was the first fighter to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame along with fellow UFC veteran Ken Shamrock. The most used technique to finish his fights via submision was the Rear Naked Choke (he did not told us this was his favourite but was certainly his most succesfully used).

    The rear naked choke  is a chokehold applied from an opponent’s back. Depending on the context, the term may refer to one of two variations of the technique; either arm can be used to apply the choke in both cases. The term rear naked choke likely originated from the technique in Jujutsu and Judo known as the “Hadaka Jime“, or “Naked Strangle”. The word “naked” in this context suggests that, unlike other strangulation techniques found in Jujutsu/Judo, this hold does not require the use of akeikogi (“gi”) or training uniform.


    Rubens Charles “Cobrinha”. Favourite technique: De La Riva Guard.

    Rubens Charles, also known as “Cobrinha” is a Top actual figure figure in the sport of Brazilian jiu jitsu escene, 4 times IBJJF World Jiu Jitsu Champion and ADCC champion twice. Rubens Charles is famed for his aggressive style on the mats, Cobrinha is also an accomplished instructor with a long career building fighters games.

    The De La Riva Guard, is a type of open guard which appeared in sport of Brazilian jiu jitsu first by way of a legendary competitor named Ricardo De La Riva, although it was not an innovation in grappling “per se”, as it had been used before, namely in nonatei style judo, and is said to have been created by Oda Tsunetane. In jiu jitsu you consider a guard to be “De La Riva” every time when one of the competitors of a grappling match has his/her back towards the ground, while attempting to control his opponent using his/her open legs (assuming the role of guardeiro).

    All of these techniques are very popular in mixed martial arts as they are usable in No Gi, the guillotine choke you may see it in kickboxing classes as a cultural knowledge or part of the “dirty boxing” game while fighting, but is not allowed there.