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What to Expect in
Gi & Nogi Classes

The techniques in Gi and Nogi are similar. Gi uses the cloth to control opponents, nogi uses direct contact with their body. Most Nogi controls can be used in Gi.

You will develop effective and efficient grappling strategies in both Gi and Nogi classes. Skills include taking the match from standing to the mat, controls, and submission techniques. You will also learn and practice defensive techniques and ways to regain dominance when put in a bad position.

All of our classes are co-ed. Co-ed classes provide realistic practice using grappling for self-defense in a safe, controlled environment that can't be replicated in a women's only setting.

Our adult classes are family-friendly! 

The pillars of our curriculum and coaching methods are: learning by doing, providing personalized feedback, and maintaining a safe training environment.

Learning By Doing means that you are actively playing all aspects of the grappling game in every class. Explanations are short and easy to follow so that you can focus on developing skills instead of memorizing moves. Learning by doing accelerates your progress and helps you understand both the "whys" and "hows" of grappling.

Personalized Feedback ensures you get the attention you need to fine-tune your techniques, correct any mistakes, and make adjustments that work specifically for your body type, any physical limitations, and skill level. 

Safe Training Environments emphasize both physical and emotional safety. At Grindhouse, our training partners' safety is our #1 priority and we take pride in our inclusive and supportive culture. We treat each other as equals, regardless of belt rank or experience level.

Gi & Judo

Grappling in the Gi offers a unique blend of techniques that involve using the Gi itself as a tool. You'll learn how to manipulate the collar, lapels, sleeves, and pants to execute submissions, sweeps, and controls. Gripping the Gi provides a whole new range of options and possibilities that you won't find in Nogi Jiu Jitsu. It's like an extension of your opponent's body that you can utilize to your advantage.

Training in the Gi also brings a different pace and style to the mat. The added friction and grips slow down the game, emphasizing precision and technicality. The Gi encourages you to develop a strong understanding of leverage, angles, and weight distribution.

We practice Judo & Jiu Jitsu in this class. Jiu Jitsu evolved as an expansion of the ground fighting (Newaza) aspect of Judo. In Judo, an attacker is not allowed to attack their opponent's legs to take them down, resulting in the use of an uprighting fight stance. We adapt Judo takedowns for a Jiu Jitsu grappling stance with leg attacks (for example, a double leg) in this class.

Nogi Class

Nogi grappling is a dynamic style of Jiu Jitsu that is practiced without the traditional Gi or kimono. It offers a distinct experience that sets it apart from training in the Gi. Without the Gi, your control options change. You'll focus more on controlling your opponent's body directly, such as using underhooks, overhooks, wrist control, or body locks. This develops your ability to use different types of grips and leverage points, enhancing your understanding of body mechanics and positioning.

Nogi training complements other combat sports and martial arts. It allows you to seamlessly transition between different grappling styles, expanding your skill set and making you a well-rounded martial artist. The absence of the Gi also makes it more relatable to real-world self-defense situations. 

We practice Nogi Judo, Wrestling, and Nogi Jiu Jitsu in this class. Wrestling and Judo use many of the same techniques to bring an opponent down to the mat, the names of the moves are just different. Wrestling control is also used once we land on the mat.

We encourage you to train both Gi and Nogi as each makes you think and move in different ways that compliment your overall Jiu Jitsu skill development