No-Gi Submission Wrestling

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No-Gi Submission Wrestling


A gi is a uniform worn in many martial arts including karate, judo, and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. In many cases, wearing a gi dictates the techniques that can be performed. In judo, for example, the judoka grip one another’s gis and belts when attempting a throw and many of the throws taught in judo are very difficult or even impossible to execute without a gi to hold on to.

As a result, practicing a martial art wearing a gi develops strategies that may not transfer very well to fighting someone who is not wearing a gi.

In mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters do not wear gis and usually fight in just shorts. Subsequently, martial arts that involve gis may have limitations for an MMA fighter.

Luckily there is an alternative – If you are in the Brisbane area and looking for no-gi submission wrestling, you can find it at our Arena MMA Springwood location.

What is no-gi submission wrestling?

No-gi submission wrestling is essentially Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in regular workout clothes, although several other variations exist. The goal is the same as for regular BJJ – to have control and get your opponent to submit using joint locks and chokes. No-gi submission wrestling is essentially MMA but without the punches and kicks. For that reason, many MMA fighters practice no-gi submission wrestling to help them perfect their grappling skills and groundwork.

Typically, very little equipment is required for no-gi submission wrestling but you’ll need a pair of shorts, a tight-fighting t-shirt, and a mouth piece and protective cup for safety purposes only – as striking is not allowed. With very little equipment required, no-gi submission wrestling is a relatively cheap martial art.



Studying martial arts is very beneficial – benefits applying to men, women, and children. No-gi submission wrestling is an excellent way to:

  • Learn a practical form of self-defence
  • Increase muscular strength and endurance
  • Improve mobility and flexibility
  • Develop fitness and stamina
  • Increase core strength
  • Improve self-confidence
  • Develop self-discipline
  • Develop respect for others
  • Have fun!

Because no-gi submission wrestling is ground-based, it is very energetic and burns a lot of calories. This makes it an excellent martial art for weight loss and long-term weight control.


No-gi submission wrestling involves no striking so it is much safer than martial arts such as boxing and Muay Thai. In striking martial arts, getting kicked and punched are part and parcel of the learning process but are also arguably the most likely cause of injury.

In no-gi submission wrestling, punching and kicking are not permitted and so injury risks are much lower. However, no martial art is completely safe and joint locks and chokes can be dangerous too. This risk is kept as low as possible by learning to apply the techniques slowly and safely and also stopping when your opponent submits and “taps out.” Joint injuries are the most likely type of injury in no-gi submission wrestling although most will be simple strains that heal quickly.

Safety is further increased by ensuring that people of similar weights and experience are paired together and that both defensive and offensive techniques are taught. A full and proper warm up and learning from a qualified coach will also ensure your safety.

Fit for fighting?

All martial arts are physical and require fitness but the good news is that martial arts are also an excellent way to get fit in the first place. Unlike jogging that only develops fitness or lifting weights that only increases strength, martial arts work on all aspects of fitness which makes them ideal for anyone who wants all-round fitness. And from a calorie-burning point of view, no-gi submission wrestling is hard to beat.

If you are not as fit as you’d like to be or are concerned that you aren’t fit enough to go to a martial arts class, don’t worry; with a couple of sessions per week you’ll soon be fighting fit even if you choose never to compete in martial arts.

Try no-gi submission wrestling for FREE!

No-gi submission wrestling is not just great for mixed martial artists, it’s also an excellent martial art in its own right and will help get you into great shape. If you are interested in learning more about this form of martial art, come in and try one of our MMA Classes in Springwood, Logan or check out our many other locations. Classes always features some no-gi submission wrestling training. We’ve got the best facilities and the best trainers around who will make sure your first class is as enjoyable and rewarding as possible.