The importance of training both in and out of the gi has long been a hotly debated discussion within the BJJ community. It is our opinion that both are necessary to develop a well rounded understanding of the art as a whole. The lack of friction usually provided by the gi ensures for a very different experience when training without it. 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 20th century Brazil 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. By far the most prestigious tournament in the grappling world is the biannual ADCC championship. Dubbed the Olympics of grappling, this competition was originally designed to accommodate competitors from various styles but is now all but entirely dominated by Jiu Jitsu representatives. In recent years the popularity of this format has continued to 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.

Most of the No Gi Lessons at BJJ Leiden are dedicated to the practice of the modern sport of Submission Grappling.



More recently, the reintroduction of open hand strikes in ‘Combat Jiu Jitsu’ has brought the art one step closer to its 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 methodical positional 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 steadily working towards the submission finish.

Every last Thursday of the month we practice these original Vale Tudo fight strategies. What if the opponent can punch or headbutt you? What about knees, stamps or soccer kicks while on the ground? How do you close the distance, clinch and takedown an aggressive striker? These strategies are the roots of BJJ as a fighting art and also the secret to it's success. 



Day Time Lesson
Tuesday 20:00 - 21:30 BJJ (No Gi Fundamentals - All Levels)
Thursday 20:00 - 21:30 BJJ (No Gi - All Levels)
Last Thursday of the month 20:00 - 21:30 Vale Tudo Night (All Levels)