(BJJ) is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. The art was derived from the Japanese martial art of Kodokan judo and it teaches that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique – most notably by applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self defense. Here at NLKB, our Jiu-Jitsu program is broken into two types of classes:
- Gi - Traditional Jiu-Jitsu in which a gi or kimono is warn and utilized as a means of controlling the opponent, through the gripping of the gi material, and submitting the opponent, by choking with the material of the gi, in addition to and coinciding with the use of the body itself, as a means of controlling and submitting the opponent. Furthermore, Gi Jiu-Jitsu utilizes the wearing of a colored belt, to identify the rank and ability of each practitioner. While students are not required to attend Gi classes, in order to receive ranking in Jiu-Jitsu, individuals must take part in gi training.
- No-Gi - Also known as submission wrestling and submission grappling, No-Gi is a general term describing Jiu-Jitsu that does not utilize the wearing of a gi or kimono. Instead, shorts or tights are worn in conjunction with a T-shirt or rashguard. No-Gi limits the practitioners to only using bodies(i.e. legs, necks, arms, shoulders, etc.) as a means of controlling and submitting opponents, without grabbing or holding on to clothing. While it is not the traditional form of Jiu-Jitsu, it is generally the more popular of the two.