The difference between No Gi and Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
There are 3 main ways that No Gi and Gi Jiu-Jitsu differ; clothing, strategy and techniques.
In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu the practitioner wears a kimono or Gi which consists of a drawstring trousers and a jacket. The jacket has a lapel and it crosses over and is held together by a belt. In No Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu the practitioner wear rashguard, grappling tights and shorts.
Strategy and Techniques
Another difference between Gi and No Gi Jiu-Jitsu has to do with strategy. In Gi Jiu-Jitsu, use of the Gi - sleeves, collar, trousers - figures prominently in gaining and controlling position, as well as in applying submissions. Practitioners can execute collar chokes, or use the sleeve or the hem of the Gi to tie up a partner’s arm or hand. In No Gi Jiu-Jitsu, on the other hand, grabbing the clothes is generally not allowed. Instead, practitioners can try to control an opponent by gripping the body’s natural handles: the neck, the wrist, the elbow, the knee, the hips, etc. This is also allowed in Gi Jiu-Jitsu, but is the only option in No Gi. The lack of heavy cotton cloth to soak up sweat in No Gi Jiu-Jitsu also tends to affect the pace of a match and the ease with which an opponent can slip out of a bad position.
The video featured is an example of No Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. This fight took place in Munich, Germany on 1st March 2015 at the IBJJF Winter International event. In this video Professor De Souza is fighting Juan Tenorio from Spain in the Black Belt Master 1 Semi Final.