No GI Submission Grappling

No GI Submission Grappling


No-Gi Submission Grappling is a form of ground-fighting where the competitors do not wear a gi (also known as a kimmono) which is required in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, however, striking is not allowed.  (We do teach no-gi grappling with strikes in our Mixed Martial Arts class.)

How is No-Gi Submission Grappling Different from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

In this program, students wear shorts and a tee-shirt or a rash guard (a tight fitting elastic shirt) instead of a gi.   With a gi, the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner enjoys a much more technical submission game because he or she can grab the gi to control  the opponent and use the gi to aid in submissions.  Submission grappling is a much more slippery and faster paced fight because there is nothing to grab onto apart from each other’s bodies.   Consequently, the no gi game requires much more speed and strength. Moreover, many of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques are either limited or completely eliminated.

At Mohler MMA, we like our students to train half the time with a gi and half the time without a gi.  This helps keep your ground game well rounded.   As part of both programs, we teach wrestling takedowns to take an opponent down to the ground.  Once on the ground, students will be taught how to apply various submissions from all positions.

Are There No-Gi Competitions?

Like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments, there are a number of no gi submission grappling tournament throughout the year.  At Mohler Mixed Martial Arts, competing in these tournaments (like all tournaments) is encouraged but not required.

In tournaments, competitors are divided by age, belt rank and weight class.  There are time limits, generally five to ten minutes, depending on belt rank and age.  Matches start with both competitors standing, and competitors will attempt a takedown on their opponent.  Competitors will try a submission attempt once the match goes to the ground.  The match is over once somebody taps out.  If time runs out without a submission, the competitor with the most points wins.

No Gi Submission Grappling training is available at both our Coppell and Dallas locations.  Call us today at 214-738-0640 to schedule your free class.