Jiu-Jitsu Training: Gi vs No-Gi

2014-12-02 This is a question many people use to ask my advice and in my opinion, Gi and No-Gi are 2 completely different universes. Why do I say that?  Because training with a Gi your possibilities of variations and reactions are endless and you will prepare your mind to assimilate the techniques with a better understanding.  Also, the transition from Gi to No-Gi is very easy and smooth while the opposite is very complicated and many people get totally lost. It’s very rare people who train No-Gi feel comfortable to put a Gi on to spar, and I’ve never heard about a person that only train No-Gi to win a gi tournament in high level divisions.  Now, when you talk about guys that just train in a Gi competing in the most prestigious No-Gi Tournaments (Abu Dhabi) you will find them winning every single weight category. I’ve been involved with Jiu-Jitsu since 1970 and I’ve experienced myself training without the Gi with the best of the best Luta Livre (ground fight system practiced in Brasil without the Gi), and I can tell you that even with only 3 years of experience of Jiu-Jitsu at the time, I’ve had epic battles with … Continue reading

Marcus Soares Words of Wisdom – 45 Years of Studying “The Art of BJJ”

Marcus Soares Words of Wisdom 45 Years of Studying “The Art of BJJ” Jiu-Jitsu nowadays is spread all over the world, and it’s an art that has a very solid structure and offers to the practitioner a good sense of self defense, auto confidence, and self-control.  The reason is because man is afraid of what they don’t know, and Jiu-Jitsu can prepare you to defend yourself against any kind of aggression, and you won’t be surprised by any form of attack. Jiu-Jitsu gives to you the confidence and the necessary calm to face any kind of adversity in a physical contact situation. The effectiveness of Jiu-Jitsu can help you when you have a solid knowledge about the basics.  The importance to have an instructor with a good reputation is essential, because you need to learn properly all the basics with the little details in each technique to avoid to develop bad habits.  Jiu-Jitsu is an art that will teach you how to feel comfortable in uncomfortable positions and to defend yourself against bigger opponents, since it is based on leverage. The main goal of Jiu-Jitsu is to defend ourselves and to control and submit the opponent.  Taking the opponent down, … Continue reading