Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)is a grappling-based martial art whose central theme is the skill of controlling a resisting opponent in ways that forces him to submit. Due to the fact that control is generally easier on the ground than in a standing position, much of the technique of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is centered round the skill of taking an opponent down to the ground and wrestling for dominant control positions from where the opponent can be rendered harmless. To control and overcome greater size, strength and aggression with lesser size and strength is the keynote of the sport. This is done by utilizing superior leverage, grip and position upon your opponent. Students of the sport gain a deep understanding of the workings and limits of the human body. This knowledge can be used to subdue and control an opponent with whatever level of severity the student chooses. The path to this knowledge is physically and mentally demanding. Students benefit from greatly increased physical fitness, problem-solving ability, self-knowledge of their body and mind and the many social benefits of working within a large group of like-minded fellow students as you learn and have fun together.


A “gi” can also be called a “kimono” and consists of a pair of heavy cotton drawstring pants, usually with reinforced knees, and a heavy cotton jacket with a thick collar and a hem that is notched on either side. 

(We can provide you with our Branded Gi's.  If you purchase a Gi from another vendor, you must add the Renzo Gracie Bayside patch to the Gi to qualify as a uniform.  Speak to your instructor if you have nay questions.)

In gi grappling, use of the gi - sleeves, collar, pant legs - figures prominently in gaining and controlling position, as well as in applying submissions. Practitioners can execute collar chokes, or use the sleeve or the hem of the gi to tie up a partner’s arm or hand.

Basic Gi class at Renzo Gracie Bayside.

Basic Gi class at Renzo Gracie Bayside.

NoGi (Submission Grappling)

In no-gi grappling, practitioners wear athletic clothing like rash guards, spats and board shorts.  (We provide NoGi gear as well.  Speak to a staff member to inquire.)

In no-gi grappling, grabbing the clothes is generally not allowed. Instead, practitioners can try to control an opponent by gripping the body’s natural handles: the neck, the wrist, the elbow, the knee, the hips, etc.  

The lack of heavy cotton cloth to soak up sweat in no-gi grappling also tends to affect the pace of a match and the ease with which an opponent can slip out of a bad position.  This is one of the reasons that Nogi grappling is most applicable to Mixed Martial Arts competition.

Submission Grappling

Submission Grappling