The importance of training both in and out of the gi is a hotly debated discussion within the BJJ community. Both are necessary to develop a well rounded fighter. Because Rickson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu focuses primarily on good basics very little adaptation in technique is required when the jacket is removed or even when strikes are added. However, the lack of friction usually provided by the gi ensures a very different experience. Although this can make escaping positions easier, transitions are faster and submissions harder to finish forcing the practitioner to adapt to a very different set of problems.


Since the original no rules challenge matches of Brazil’s Vale Tudo days there have been many experiments as far as competition formats are concerned. By far the most popular at this time within the Jiu-Jitsu community is that of submission grappling. Although heavily influenced by Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu this modern and exciting rule set encourages the use of techniques from various grappling styles. The lack of the gi increases the speed and athleticism of the match which, in turn, makes for a more entertaining spectacle. The popularity of this format has grown steadily with the advent of 'sub-only' style competition in which no points are awarded for positional advantages and matches can only be decided by submission.

More recently, the reintroduction of open hand strikes in ‘Combat Jiu-Jitsu’ has bought the art one step closer to its original, Vale Tudo roots. It was during these ‘no-holds-barred’ challenge matches that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu first demonstrated its effectiveness to the world. The old school format of no rules and no time limit suited the position to submission strategy of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu perfectly. The absence of gloves and hand protection proved to be a major disadvantage to the striking arts and the lack of round breaks and a time limit did little to help more aggressive and explosive styles. The strategy was simple, control and wear the opponent down while slowly and methodically working towards the submission finish.

All aspects of Jiu-Jitsu are practised during the No Gi Lessons from the modern sport of Submission Grappling to the old school Vale Tudo fight strategies.


Day Time Lesson Instructor
Thursday 20:00 - 21:30 BJJ (No Gi - All Levels) Russ Homer


Ryron Gracie:

"Once you learn to remain calm under the stressful circumstances of a fight, you will have no trouble remaining calm under the stressful circumstances of life."

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