Auckland BJJ Welcomes Summer with a No-Gi Twist!
Ah, summer! When the days get longer, the beaches more tempting, and Auckland BJJ makes the much-anticipated switch to its summer schedule. The AKLBJJ community is buzzing with excitement as we transition to a new training regime that reflects the sunnier and warmer vibes of the season. And the biggest change? Our Tuesday Gi class is now transforming into a No-Gi class!
Gi vs. No-Gi: What's the Difference?
Before we delve deeper into the new schedule, it's crucial for newcomers to understand the core difference between Gi and No-Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Gi BJJ is practiced with the traditional kimono, often just referred to as the ‘Gi’. This uniform consists of a jacket, pants, and a belt that signifies the wearer's rank. The Gi adds numerous techniques and strategies to BJJ, as fighters can grip the fabric for control, submissions, and sweeps.
No-Gi BJJ, on the other hand, is practiced without the kimono. Participants typically wear shorts and a rashguard. Without the fabric to hold onto, No-Gi BJJ has a different dynamic. It often involves quicker transitions and relies heavily on underhooks, overhooks, and leg entanglements.
Why Some People Prefer No-Gi
No-Gi BJJ isn't just a summertime fling for many practitioners. Here's why some individuals have a soft spot for No-Gi:
Speed and Fluidity: Without the Gi, there's less friction which can make the game faster. The absence of grips means you rely more on body movement, making it a fluid experience.
Real-life Application: Some argue that No-Gi is more applicable to real-life self-defense situations since it's rare for someone to be wearing a Gi outside a dojo.
Different Challenge: No-Gi offers a unique set of challenges due to the absence of grips. This forces practitioners to adapt and think on their feet.
Stay Cool: Especially during the summer, training without the heavy Gi can be a relief!
The Summer Schedule Breakdown
Now that we've piqued your interest in No-Gi, let's get down to the specifics of the new Auckland BJJ summer schedule:
In conclusion, summer at Auckland BJJ promises to be filled with dynamic rolls, sweaty challenges, and a whole lot of fun. Whether you're a Gi loyalist or a No-Gi enthusiast, there's something for everyone. So, grab your rashguard or your kimono, and let's hit the mats!
Author: Chad T. Gepetto