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Gi and no-gi have a long rivalry in BJJ and grappling that has changed character dramatically over the course of the art's history. Most modern jiujitsu practitioners from the US train both and don't think much about it, but there are still a significant number of polemicists on both sides. BJJ came from judo, which trained exclusively in the gi, and so was ...


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In Brazilian jiu-jitsu with a gi you wear the funny Asian pajamas. In no-gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu you wear shorts and usually a t-shirt or rash-guard top. You can grab onto the funny pajamas but you can't grab onto any clothes in no-gi. The gi absorbs sweat, adds friction, and provides a wide variety of grips to choke, throw, and control from. Often the ...


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This is basically a matter of traditions. Traditional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners wear a gi, stemming from their origins in Japanese Jiu-Jitsu which uses the gi as the standard in most of its martial-arts. Many BJJ competitions require wearing a gi for all competitors while others are "no-gi" competitions where competitors can wear clothing more ...


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Short answer to your question: There is no disadvantage to learning both variants at once. And now for some detail... Training as much as possible is ideal. If that means doing both gi and nogi, so be it. Doing BJJ, regardless of what you're wearing, will make you better at BJJ. Beyond that, it depends what your goals are. In the months leading up to an ...


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BJ Penn and Demian Maia The training results of BJ Penn and Demian Maia cannot be replicated at will. Some people just have natural gifts. Luck also plays a factor, as does physicality, especially as relates to avoiding injury. Without discounting the tremendous amount of hard work that he put into training, BJ Penn was bestowed with natural physical ...


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Train More. The only real way to get better at anything, and especially Brazillian Jiujitsu, is to train more. That's the only answer. The reason Demian Maia, BJ Penn, Kid Dale etc got their black belts in a few years, is because they trained 2 or 3 sessions a day, 6 days a week at their prime for competitions etc. You can not only pack a lot of years of ...


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I find that my no-gi fighting has become an order of magnitude better due to wearing a gi. You will find a few benefits: It slows down your game considerably, which means that you can't just rely on raw speed and athleticism to get your moves off. Your grip strength will increase dramatically which will make your arm drags more effective as well as let ...


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A quick way to gain a blackbelt in BJJ is basically to train in you Dojo at least 4 times a week with your sensei(the one awarding the belt) present. Compete in events representing your school/dojo and win Pay for it Ok now i will explain why. 1 and 2 is self explanatory. It is important the you train hard and be seen training hard. In the end when you ...


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I wouldn't compare yourself with BJ Penn unless you're a kid who can train several hours every day without fail. I think you need to evaluate why you are training in BJJ. If you are training to get your belts as quick as possible then I suggest you stop training as this is not the best mentality to have. BJJ is not something you will get instant ...


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Basically you have traditional (Gi) vs. every day (No-Gi). It really depends on what you want to learn. There is something said for learning the traditional and perfecting your technique from that setting and then adapting to every day use. Can you learn them at the same time? probably, but you will need to be sure you approach each with that in mind and ...


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"Gi" refers to the uniform that is worn during most martial arts practice. Nogi means that you do not wear one, and instead wear shorts or spats and a rash guard or you are shirtless. There are a few differences when talking about gi vs. nogi when executing techniques. For gi: Gis provide friction that may make it easier OR harder to escape or ...


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