Jiu Jitsu Gear Guide: Gi vs No-Gi

BJJ athlete wearing gi on one side, no-gi rash guard on the other side

One decision every BJJ practitioner faces is whether to train gi or no-gi. While both develop core grappling skills, the uniforms and strategies differ significantly. This gear guide explores the pros and cons of each.

The Gi Uniform

The gi (kimono) is the traditional BJJ uniform made of heavy woven cotton or ripstop material. It has jackets, pants, and a belt. The gi enables gripping and controls.

  • Essential for gi tournaments
  • Grips allow more varied guards
  • Belt ranks display experience
  • More expensive than no-gi gear
  • Can get very hot while training
  • Grips take time to master

No-Gi Gear

No-gi grappling uses technical athletic gear like rash guards, shorts, and spats. With no gi, the focus is more on leverage and body control. 

  • Emphasizes athletic movement
  • Less expensive gear
  • Cooler without heavy material
  • Limited grip options
  • Easier for opponents to slip away
  • Harder to control positions

Best of Both Worlds

Ideally, incorporate both into your training. Gi and no-gi skills complement each other. Just be sure to clearly define rules before sparring.
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