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No-Gi Jiu Jitsu Defiance, MO

No-Gi Jiu Jitsu in Defiance, MO. While historically Brazilian jiu jitsu has been trained and contested by martial artists wearing a kimono-and-pants uniform known as a gi, in recent years interest in jiu jitsu conducted in a different uniform has grown exponentionally. The emergence of mixed martial arts, the need for a more “functional” form of BJJ for self-defense, and increased cross-training with other combat sports has heightened the need for a kind of Brazilian jiu jitsu that can be more applicable to these situations. Thus, no-gi Brazilian jiu jitsu was born, and has enjoyed widespread popularity, with multiple competitions and events created solely for grapplers who elect not to wear the traditional gi when playing Brazilian jiu jitsu.

At Gracie Barra O’Fallon, our instructors recognize the value of Brazilian jiu jitsu played either in a gi and in non-traditional clotrhing. While most of our jiu jitsu classes in Defiance, MO are done in the traditional gi, we offer no-gi jiu jitsu for teens and adults at all skill levels every week. Take a look at our schedule or contact us by calling 636-544-3655 or online for more details on our full slate of Brazilian jiu jitsu classes, including no-gi jiu jitsu in Defiance, for all ages and levels.

What Makes No-Gi Jiu Jitsu Different?

For much of its existence, Brazilian jiu jitsu has been practiced by martial artists wearing a loose jacket and pants, the jacket being tightened by a belt whose color denotes its wearer’s rank. This practice can be attributed to to BJJ’s beginnings in judo: that martial art has always been performed in a gi, which is traditionally white although international competitions now require that one person in each match must wear a blue gi. The use of a gi also influenced much of BJJ’s style as a martial art, with many takedowns or sweeps made possible using leverage one gained from holding the gi.

While jiu jitsu in more standard athletic attire has long been practiced in less formal situations, it has exploded in popularity over the last 20 years in Defiance, MO. Part of this was because of the creation of international no-gi Brazilian jiu jitsu tournaments such as the ADCC World Championships and the addition of a no-gi division at the IBJJF Mundials, but possibly the bigger catalyst for its development has been the creation and massive popularity of mixed martial arts. Early MMA tournaments had no restrictions on what clothes combatants could wear — indeed, a Gracie family member won the first two UFC tournaments wearing a gi — but the adoption of the Unified Rules of MMA meant that the only allowed clothing for male fighters is shorts or trunks. Thus, many more Defiance, MO Brazilian jiu jitsu players who also were interested in MMA picked up no-gi grappling, which is played in shorts, a compression shirt known as a rashguard, and sometimes compression shorts or tights referred to as spats.

The difference in attire is not the only thing that sets no-gi Brazilian jiu jitsu apart from its older brother, either. Multiple submissions common in competitive gi BJJ, such as the lapel choke, loop choke, and Ezequiel choke, are difficult if not impossible to pull off in no-gi BJJ. This is due to the fact that these chokes necessitate use of the gi top to offer leverage. To counter-balance the loss of these submissions, many no-gi competitions permit competitors to {score|achieve| submissions using heel-hooks or kneebars, both of which are illegal in gi Brazilian jiu jitsu.

Who Benefits From No-Gi Jiu Jitsu?

No-gi jiu jitsu in Defiance, MO is an exceptional way to not only sharpen your skills as a Brazilian jiu jitsu player, but also to practice for other combat sports or martial arts disciplines. A significant amount of Defiance athletes can benefit from no-gi Brazilian jiu jitsu, such as:

  • MMA fighters: since as mentioned before MMA is contested in apparel similar to that of no-gi jiu jitsu, learning takedown defense, submissions, and ground control without a gi is quite advantageous if, for example, you are more of a Defiance, MO kickboxer or pure striker moving into MMA.
  • Amateur wrestlers: much of no-gi BJJ is based around takedowns and defending them using sprawl, which is inherently beneficial for Defiance high school or collegiate wrestlers. In addition, many elite wrestlers have transitioned to MMA with great success following the conclusion of their amateur careers, and beginning your Brazilian jiu jitsu journey as early as you can is a strong base for this transitionmove.
  • BJJ players wanting to enter competitions: many Defiance, MO Brazilian jiu jitsu tournaments, both locally, nationally, and internationally, either have both gi and no-gi divisions or are only no-gi.
  • You: not only is Brazlian jiu jitsu an excellent way to improve your fitness and make friends, no-gi jiu jitsu in Defiance, MO is also an ideal method of self-defense.

Learn No-Gi Jiu Jitsu In Defiance, MO | Gracie Barra O’Fallon

When you come to Gracie Barra O’Fallon to learn Brazilian jiu jitsu, you can expect to not only play no-gi jiu jitsu in an enjoyable and friendly surrounding, but also to {learn skills from|be taught skills by| a Defiance, MO no-gi jiu jitsu expert. Our primary instructor, Mike Buckels, is a BJJ black belt under Marcio Feitosa, a former winner of the ADCC World Championship, regarded by many to be the world’s most elite no-gi jiu jitsu competition. He and the rest of our teaching staff regularly compete — and succeed — in no-gi events and know what it takes to be a skilled grappler at any level. Our instructors enjoy sharing their skills with Gracie Barra students, whether they are first-timers or longtime grapplers, and helping them grow both on the mat and off of it.

Gracie Barra O’Fallon provides Defiance, MO no-gi jiu jitsu instruction for both teens and adults. They are open-attendance classes, no matter your belt level or experience, and are conveniently scheduled to complement your busy life and any other sporting conflicts you might have. Give us a call today at 636-544-3655 for more information, or contact us online to find out about how you can schedule a free no-gi jiu jitsu class in Defiance to experience for yourself how Gracie Barra O’Fallon is Defiance, MO’s premier no-gi jiu jitsu gym.