NO GI HOME
Frenchmike in 2013 (admistrator)
Style: French Jiu-Jitsu
BEST THINGS ABOUT NO GI
1. The grips: If you know how to grab and hold your opponent in no gi grappling, you will be able to do the same when your opponent wears a gi, a tee short, or a business suit. get it? you will never get confused, you can use the no gi techniques in all and any situations. you cannot say the same if you are used to grap sleeves, collars, and pant legs as in gi brazilian jiu-jitsu
2. It’s more technical: You hear people say gi is more technical, gi jiu-jitsu is more complicated, and has more moves, but it’s a lot harder to apply a submission no gi because there is no clothing to grab and hold, and that in turn means that your have to be tight and flawless to succeed. in my opinion using a foot in the belt to sweep or escape feels like cheating, and can easily leave you confused once you try mma or gi less grappling.
3. It’s more mma ready: It’s more realistic. why? because with the gi, we have a tendency to chill on the bottom because a good kung fu grip will hold, or slow down your opponent, so you can get away with a bit of laziness. Gi less grapplers spend more time trying to be on top, sweep, and pass the guard. No gi jiu-jitsu is also faster and more fluids, more movement means more training, more cardio, and precise techniques.
4. Gi jiu-jitsu is great as well, I just prefer No Gi obviously. if you fight a guy in the business district, he most likely will be wearing a suit, which you can then use like you would a gi, to choke him, or control him, so yes gi training can be very useful.
WHAT IS THE FOCUS OF NoGiTechniques.com
1. To be complete brazilian jiu-jitus reference guide, not just techniques, but nutrition, conditioning, discussions, strategies, and more.
2. It will be for the complete beginner to the expert level practitioner.
3. The techniques listed here will be tournament tested and effective (or at least proven effective in practice), and fancy techniques that are only effective on white belts will be skipped or deleted.
4. This site will aim to be interactive via posting of videos, photos, articles by other grappling practitioners.
5. Beyond just brazilian jiu-jitsu, we are passionate about all forms of wrestling, such as Judo, Wrestling, Sambo, Sumo, etc.
My name is Michael, aka frenchmike. I started martial arts as a kid, judo before I was ten years old, and then kung fu in my teenage years. Most boys wanted to be Bruce Lee back then.
I stopped martial arts but always was drawn to it. In 1999 I walked into a Ralph Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gym on Valencia Street in San Francisco. I still remember my very first class clearly. It was a gi class instructed by Kurt Osiander who was the main Jiu-Jitsu coach at that location. I put my white belt on, did the warm up, the drills and then I was paired up with a guy named Mikio, who was I think a blue belt back then. We shook hands, and I still remember him telling me “I ll go as hard as you go”, meaning to tell me to not go crazy if I didn’t want to get hurt. But it was my first class and I wanted to know if this thing worked, so I really tried to bully him to see what would happen. Well what happened is that like he said, I went hard and he went hard, then my arm was extended into an armlock, and I was forced to tap. Well I tried again a few times, and got submitted every time. I was exited and amazed to have found a sport that was this effective and fun (similar to chess in many ways).
I had tried other martial arts before, such as Aikido, Karate, and since there is no live sparring in most other martial arts, no one knows how effective they are. I did remember that Aikido philosophy was to use the other person’s energy against them. Well Aikido does not work well in practice because Aikido practitioners only rehearsed scripted moves.
But in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu I had found the real life application of Aikido, which is to say, that the art of Jiu-Jitsu is to use your opponent movement and energy against them. The next day I joined the gym and never looked back. I trained at that location with the Gi for three years, and became a Ralph Gracie blue belt in the process. It was a very hard nose gym, with tough guys, and solid basics, excellent gym to learn your bread and butter Jiu-Jitsu.
Over time I became more interested in Gi Less or No Gi Jiu Jitsu as I started to feel that there are too many tricks that can be used with the Gi, such as placing my foot in someone’s belt to get them off of you. Using the Gi for offense and defense felt like cheating. Besides, once I took the Gi off I was lost as what to do, where to grip, etc. Some people argue that Gi Jiu-Jitsu is more technical than No Gi. I disagree, there may be more moves with the Gi, but applying submissions Gi Less requires a much tighter and more technical game since it’s so much easier to escape a submission Gi Less than it is with a Gi on.
The game of Gi Less has also the advantage of being more fluid, and more active. Lastly, remember that in any situation, you can always apply all of the Gi Less moves that you know. This is not true of Gi Jiu-Jitsu moves, which can only be done if the opponent is wearing a Gi.
After leaving Ralph Gracie, I became interested in Wrestling as I knew that it would improve my Jiu-Jitsu, and my No Gi game. Over the following years I did wrestling summer camps and college wrestling, and kept practicing No Gi grappling as well.
A lot of Jiu Jitsu practitioners think that wrestling is only good for takedown and takedown defense. This is a myth, wrestling will give the Jiu-Jitsu practitioner very effective options for his ground game. A good wrestler who also knows Jiu-Jitsu can escape bad positions with switches, stand ups, or rolls. Alternatively, a wrestler can easily break down a Jiu-Jitsu player who is in a turtle position, he can win scrambles, and he generally has a very good base on top. I would recommend any Jiu-Jitsu player who has been practicing for many years and feels like his game has plateau, to start Judo, or wrestling, to take his game to the next level.
A few years after leaving Ralph Gracie academy, I started to train Muay Thai at Fairtex Gym in San Francisco, and Daly City. When I started there in the early 2000, Alex Gong was the owner of Fairtex gym. The first year I was training every day with the Fairtex fighters, I remember it took me a whole year to start to look like I was doing Muay Thai. There I met and trained with Jake Shields, and Gilbert Melendez, who trained Jiu-Jitsu at Fairtex. We were all training under Caesar Gracie, and we all got to roll with top notch fighters such as David Terrell, the Diaz brothers, and plenty more.
As of this writing, 2013, I currently train in Napa Jiu-Jitsu. I still mainly do Gi Less as it is my favorite, and in 2012 I added Judo to my game, which is effective if training in a competitive Judo club. The Club I chose is the Judo Institute of El Cerrito.
I do believe that Jiu-Jitsu will be part of my life for years to come, I hope until the very end. In a subsequent article I will address the mindset and psychology of training in this sport, and what I believe are effective ways of approaching the sport.