No Gi Classes
No gi classes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu differ from those where you wear a gi in many ways. If you train with gi then this enables you to grab the gi of your opponent, for example the collar or the sleeve, and use it – or your own gi – to submit them. These grips allow you to have greater control of the fight and enable a much smaller opponent to control a larger one. In no gi you have more wrestling based grips, such as the neck and all joints of the body, and it is therefore harder to control your opponent.
At the time of writing (September 2020) we have paused our No Gi classes as we have had to amend our schedule due to concerns around Coronavirus. However, we normally have Beginner, Mixed and Intermediate/Advanced sessions. If you’ve never trained before, we would recommend you take some lessons with gi in order to learn a few of the basics before moving onto no gi. And you don’t even need a gi to start off with – just shorts/leggings and a t-shirt or, ideally, a rash guard.
As with all our sessions, these start with a vigorous conditioning warm up and instructors then move on to demonstrate techniques, set ups and positions. Sparring/rolling is included in these classes (but not for beginners) as it enables students to put what they’ve learnt to the test. In addition, many of our members participate in BJJ competitions throughout the course of the year and sparring is a vital part of their preparation – although the decision to compete is obviously a personal one.
MMA style shorts and a rash guard. If you don’t have a rash guard then a t-shirt is fine for the first couple of classes. Please note, there should be no zips and/or buttons (and preferably no pockets on any item of clothing) and please ensure your finger nails and toenails are short!
Potential students are welcome to try out one of our classes for free. Just click on the ‘Sign up for a trial class’ button and let us know when you’d like to join a class. Please note, we ideally ask for at least 48 hours’ notice as this gives us plenty of time to respond to your request!