Getting started in Brazilian jiu-jitsu can be daunting. Training martial arts is one of the most beneficial things you can do, mentally and physically, but getting over the beginner's hump is where a chunk of those benefits come from. If you make it through these first few months, it's likely that BJJ will become a massive part of your life.
The “Gi” or “Kimono” is the traditional uniform with a coloured belt tied around the waist indicating your level of ability and experience. This is common in many martial arts. Traditionally, Jiu-Jitsu was only practised wearing the gi. It is generally accepted that practising BJJ in the Gi involves a higher technical level, due to the countless options of grips and submissions that can literally wrap your opponent up!
No Gi training is often a bit more physical, and more dynamic. There’s an element of “scrambling”, as you will not be able to rely on the multitude of grips that are available when training with the Gi. This often results in a faster and slipperier game! There’s a great focus on your ability to take your opponent down, and to be able to physically control him on the ground combining elements of explosiveness with technical precision.
The BJJ belt system in the Gi for adults is regarded as being one of the strictest, if not the strictest, belt system in all martial arts. Despite being strict, the system is actually very straight forward, with adult belts being: White, Blue, Purple, Brown and Black.
All students start as white belts. Depending on their dedication and progress they begin to receive stripes on their belt. After 4 stripes, the student is considered to be ready for the next belt, the blue belt, and so on and so forth until the black belt; always with 4 stripes between each belt.