In the world of jiu-jitsu, there are many things that can keep a competitor up late at night. Maybe it’s the fear of getting choked out in front of a crowd, running out of B-Cream, or the worry of not making weight for an upcoming tournament. But for one No-Gi competitor, his biggest concern was his lack of thigh gap.
That’s right, you heard it correctly. This jiu-jitsu athlete, who we shall not name (Kaynan Duarte) was more worried about the space between his thighs than he was about winning or losing. It all started when he saw a photo of himself in a pair of No-Gi short shorts and noticed that his thighs were touching all the way down to his knees.
At first, he thought it was just a fluke. Maybe the lighting was off, or the camera angle was weird. But then, he started to notice it more and more in other pictures and videos. His thigh gap never appeared in any recent footage and he didn’t know what to do about it.
He tried everything he could think of to create a gap. He added more cardio, hoping to lose just a little mass in his legs. He quit doing squats and lunges and replaced them with pilates and even tried different colored spats.
But no matter what he did, nothing seemed to work. His thigh gap was nonexistent, mocking him from every photo and mirror he passed. He even started to see it as a weakness in his jiu-jitsu game, making it difficult to lock up triangles and worrying that his opponents would see it as a sign of weakness.
In the end, he realized that he was wasting his time and energy worrying about something as trivial as a thigh gap. Triangles are for purple belts anyway. Real Jiu-jitsu is about skill, açaí, technique, and heart, not the size of your legs or the space between them.
So, if you’re a jiu-jitsu No-Gi competitor, worried about your thigh gap or lack of thigh gap, don’t be. Embrace your body and focus on what really matters: becoming the best jiu-jitsu athlete you can be. And who knows, maybe your missing thigh gap will become your secret weapon on the mat.