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No-Gi Jiu Jitsu Gilmore, MO

No-Gi Jiu Jitsu in Gilmore, MO. While historically Brazilian jiu jitsu has been played by martial artists wearing a kimono-and-pants uniform called a gi, recently interest in jiu jitsu conducted in a different uniform has grown dramatically. The emergence of mixed martial arts, the need for a more “functional” form of BJJ for self-defense, and growing cross-training with other combat sports has demonstrated the need for a kind of Brazilian jiu jitsu that can be more applicable to these situations. As such, no-gi Brazilian jiu jitsu was created, and has experienced extensive popularity, with a number of events and competitions created entirely for grapplers who choose not to wear the traditional gi when playing Brazilian jiu jitsu.

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

What Makes No-Gi Jiu Jitsu Different?

For much of its history, Brazilian jiu jitsu has been played by martial artists wearing a loose jacket and pants, the jacket being cinched by a belt whose color marks its wearer’s rank. This practice can be traced back to BJJ’s roots in judo: that sport has always been practiced in a gi, which is traditionally white although international competitions now require that one contestant in each match must wear a blue gi. The use of a gi also impacted much of BJJ’s style as a martial art, with many takedowns or sweeps made possible using leverage one acquired from holding the gi.

While jiu jitsu in more regular athletic attire has long been performed in more informal circumstances, it has grown in prominence over the last 20 years in Gilmore, MO. Part of this was because of the inception of worldwide no-gi Brazilian jiu jitsu competitions such as the ADCC World Championships and the addition of a no-gi division at the IBJJF Mundials, but possibly the larger reason for its growth has been the creation and massive growth of mixed martial arts. Early MMA tournaments had no restrictions on what clothes fighters could wear — indeed, a Gracie family member won the first two UFC tournaments wearing a gi — but the creation of the Unified Rules of MMA meant that the only legal clothing for male fighters is shorts or trunks. Thus, a substantial number of Gilmore, MO Brazilian jiu jitsu practitioners who also competed 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 clothing is not the only thing that makes no-gi Brazilian jiu jitsu different from its older brother, either. A number of submissions common in competitive gi BJJ, like the loop choke, Ezequiel choke, and collar choke, are hard or unable to pull off in no-gi BJJ. This is because these chokes necessitate use of the gi top to offer leverage. To offset the loss of these submissions, most no-gi competitions allow competitors to {score|achieve| submissions by way of heel-hooks or kneebars, both of which are not permitted in gi Brazilian jiu jitsu.

Who Benefits From No-Gi Jiu Jitsu?

No-gi jiu jitsu in Gilmore, MO is an ideal method 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 Gilmore athletes can benefit from no-gi Brazilian jiu jitsu, like:

  • MMA fighters: since as mentioned before MMA is fought in attire similar to that of no-gi jiu jitsu, learning takedown defense, submissions, and ground control without a gi is exceptionally beneficial if, for instance, you are more of a Gilmore, MO kickboxer or pure striker moving into MMA.
  • Amateur wrestlers: much of no-gi BJJ is based around takedowns and sprawl defense against them, which is inherently useful for Gilmore high school or collegiate wrestlers. As well, many high-level wrestlers have moved to MMA successfully following the conclusion of their amateur careers, and starting your Brazilian jiu jitsu journey early is a strong platform for this transitionmove.
  • BJJ players interested in entering competitions: many Gilmore, MO Brazilian jiu jitsu tournaments, both locally, nationally, and internationally, either have both gi and no-gi divisions or are strictly no-gi.
  • You: not only is Brazlian jiu jitsu an excellent way to improve your fitness and meet new people, no-gi jiu jitsu in Gilmore, MO is also an ideal method of self-defense.

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

When you visit Gracie Barra O’Fallon to learn Brazilian jiu jitsu, you can expect to not only play no-gi jiu jitsu in a welcoming and enjoyable environment, but also to {learn skills from|be taught skills by| a Gilmore, MO no-gi jiu jitsu expert. Our primary instructor, Mike Buckels, is a BJJ black belt under Marcio Feitosa, a previous winner of the ADCC World Championship, regarded by many as the world’s most elite no-gi jiu jitsu competition. He and all our teaching staff regularly compete — and succeed — in no-gi events and understand what it takes to be a successful grappler at any level. Our teachers enjoy sharing their knowledge with Gracie Barra students, whether they are at their first class or experienced grapplers, and helping them grow both on the mat and off of it.

Gracie Barra O’Fallon provides Gilmore, MO no-gi jiu jitsu instruction for both teens and adults. They are open to all, regardless of your belt level or experience, and are conveniently scheduled to fit around your busy life and any other sporting conflicts you might have. Talk to us today at 636-544-3655 for more information, or contact us online to learn more about how you can schedule a free no-gi jiu jitsu class in Gilmore to experience for yourself how Gracie Barra O’Fallon is Gilmore, MO’s premier no-gi jiu jitsu gym.