Which is Best, Gi or Nogi BJJ?
While Jiu Jitsu has exploded in popularity over the last decade, the sport has split in its approach to training between the traditional gi, and newer no-gi style. With two obviously different looks, some BJJ students are left to wonder where they should place their focus, as everyone seemingly has a different opinion on one being better than the other.
While the purpose for training becomes the pivotal question for each individual, today I wanted to take some time to look at the pros and cons that exist in three areas of training Jiu Jitsu - both with and without the gi.
Now, at the outset it should at least be mentioned that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is traditionally practiced with the gi because Jiu Jitsu is a Japanese art, and the kimono originally worn in training was essentially the same outfit people wore daily in public. It simply made sense to train in the academy wearing the same clothes that someone might find himself wearing during a street altercation. Obviously, times and fashions have changed and very few people walk around today wearing kimonos. But that’s not to say that many people do still wear clothes that can be easily gripped and used against them in combat.
So to break this down, lets look at three components of training Jiu Jitsu: Gripping, Defense, and Positional Control.