Brazilian Jiu-jitsu can be trained in and out of the gi, the latter being commonly referred to as Nogi Jiu-Jitsu. There are a few subtle differences between training jiu-jitsu with the gi and training nogi. Probably the most outspoken of them is the change in control. Jiu-Jitsu is largely based off of first controlling your opponent, with less to hold onto there is less to help you control. The grips commonly used with the gi will not disappear but they will be disguised as something else. It will likely require a great deal of endurance and attention to detail, which in the end will only be beneficial to you.
Although the difference in apparel which leads to the difference in control, we are still practicing jiu-jitsu. The art does not change. You will still require the use of intelligence, focus, patience, balance, endurance, speed and strength, preferably in that order. The concepts, positions, movements and many submissions still apply in nogi Jiu-jitsu. These things are the essence of jiu-jitsu.
It is highly recommended to train both gi and nogi jiu-jitsu. It’s true that practice makes perfect, and the more time you spend training jiu-jitsu in any form the better you will become. Training both forms of the art will make you more well-rounded than ever before. You will become a more knowledgeable practitioner and your overall game will reach new peaks. For those looking to transition their training into Mixed Martial Arts, Nogi jiu-jitsu is a necessity for your training regimen.
Jiu-jitsu with or without the gi is still jiu-jitsu nonetheless. The art should be practiced in every form possible in order to leave no idea, theory or concept left unturned. Knowledge is power, and our team is strong!