Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art based on ground combat and submission holds. It focuses on the skill of taking an

opponent to the ground, controlling the opponent, gaining a dominant position, and using several techniques to

force them into submission.


The qualities of endurance, strength, balance, stamina, and flexibility are all used with technique and skill to overcome an opponent. Gi jiu jitsu, or ground fighting with the kimono, is the more traditional form of the martial art. It uses a variety of grips and techniques using the opponent’s kimono to attack and ultimately achieve the submission through choke holds and joint locks.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was formed in the 1920s by the Gracie brothers Carlos, Oswaldo, Gastão Jr, George, and Hélio Gracie.

Carlos was taught traditional Kodokan judo by a traveling Japanese judoka, Mitsuyo Maeda, in 1917. Afterward,

the Gracie brothers developed their self-defense system named Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

No-Gi Submission Grappling

No-gi submission grappling uses the same principles as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, however without the use of the traditional kimono.

Classes are performed wearing a form-fitting rashguard and boardshorts, which makes no-gi a faster, more dynamic practice.

Submission grappling is similar to wrestling, and without the use of gi grips, emphasis is put on controlling limbs and submitting opponents with specific holds and techniques. Both gi and no-gi jiu jitsu make use of the guard, or an attacking position while on one’s back.


Although there are subtle difference between the two, both gi and no-gi grappling use principles of control, leverage, and skill to overcome an opponent.