Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art, a combat sport, and a self defense system that focuses on grappling and ground fighting. BJJ promotes the idea that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique – such as joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat a bigger and heavier opponent. BJJ training can be used for grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition, or in self-defense.
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In gi jiu jitsu, a uniform, similar to a judo uniform, is donned by the opponents. This uniform is made from heavily woven fabric and is designed to withstand rigorous pulling, lifting and a variety of throwing actions which are common throughout the martial arts sport. On the other hand, no-gi jiu jitsu focuses on learning moves that do not involve the gi. In other words, the uniform can be very different, which makes it much more difficult to achieve the same variety of moves and throwing actions that can be found in gi jiu jistu.
One aspect to no-gi training is that it forces the student to learn to gain better control of their opponent by using control and positioning of their own body weight. The gi acts like a handle, where the opponent achieves a better grip, and thus it can be argued that no-gi training forces a refinement of techniques which are effective against an opponent, regardless of what they are wearing. The rules for what can be worn in competition offer a wide variety of garment options. Gi pants with a t-shirt, MMA board shorts and a rash guard, or grappling tights and a rash guard are some common choices.