Simply put: BJJ-GI=No-Gi
No-Gi is a term that implies the practice of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu without the use of the traditional Gi (Uniform). The goal is still the same, to efficiently use your techniques to control and submit your opponent, but without the advantages and disadvantages of wearing a Gi. The term Submission Wrestling is used because the sport uses many of the fundamentals of collegiate style wrestling and essentially looks like the wrestling you might see in the NCAA with the addition of submission holds and differing sets of rules.
What is the difference between BJJ and No-Gi/Submission Wrestling?
The major difference between the two classes is the use of a Gi in practice. In a Gi match there are a myriad of ways the uniform can be used to defend or attack; but the Gi also changes the amount of friction between two players, which changes the style of control and changes the technique necessary to attack and defend effectively.
Legs: Grappling/MMA shorts, Gi Pants, or Grappling tights.
Torso/Upper Body: Rash guard or a tight fitting T-shirt.
Protective equipment: A Mouth Piece (Recommended) and a Cup/Jock Strap (Optional).
Show up to class fresh and clean with trimmed toe/finger nails and the appropriate clean attire. Wash all of your uniforms, including any accessories like knee pads, between each class you attend. It is recommended that you shower as soon as possible after class. Absolutely NO SHOES ON THE MAT!
The Cave Academy is dedicated to the progression of our students and competition is a huge part of that commitment. The process of preparing for a tournament, training, getting in shape, dealing with nerves, conquering your self-doubt, and learning from your mistakes, is one that speeds the growth and development of a person. We would never try to force someone to compete, nor would we discourage them because they choose not to. That being said, if you are looking to be coached for competition, we have you covered. Our team of instructors is made up of active competitors who will let everyone know when the local tournaments come around.