No gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is taught at the Baltimore Martial Arts Academy in Baltimore Maryland. No gi Jiu-jitsu is a wrestling style of martial art that emphasizes positional control on the ground with the goal of submitting one’s opponent with a joint lock or choke. Common submissions include armbars, carotid chokes, knee bars & foot locks.
No gi BJJ is different from traditional Brazilian Jujitsu in that there is no kimono (gi uniform) worn. Commonly accepted clothing consists of shorts, T-shirts & rash guards. No gi competitors are not allowed to grab or use clothing while they wrestle.
No gi Jujitsu is very useful in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) because MMA competitors also use submissions and are not allowed to grab clothing. No gi BJJ is also an effective form of self defense or an adjunct to another style especially a striking system (e.g. Muay Thai Kickboxing, Karate, TKD).
Many of our BJJ competitors at Baltimore Martial Arts compete in gi and no gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Our youth and teenager BJJ competitors often compete especially at the prestigious North American Grappling Association (NAGA) Tournaments hosted throughout the country. NAGA offers both gi and no gi competition often on the same day. Our BJJ competitors engage in both formats for the challenge and also for the experience. Our competitors have medaled honorably at numerous NAGA as well as other esteemed tournament (e.g. Grappler’s Quest, The Good Fight, Jr. Grappling Association. Copa Nova etc.).