Is it possible to learn Jiu-Jitsu Online?
Yes and no. There is not a simple answer.
I believe that we should not limit our knowledge in any way. We must learn all the time, from as many sources as possible, without underestimating anyone. Distance learning is a reality in several areas of knowledge, and I don’t think that it would be different for jiu-jitsu.
But there is a limit. Would you choose to have surgery with a doctor who studied just at a distance? Or you would feel more comfortable with someone who has already practiced it?
I have been practicing jiu-jitsu for over 22 years and if I add the time I practiced judo, I have over 30 years of experience in martial arts. However, there is still so much to learn. I’m surprised by those who believe they would be able to learn how to defend themselves through an online course or a couple of classes.
Can you see the photo above? It’s my jiu-jitsu school. I have a TV in the main mat area, and several times I sit in front of it with my students to learn more and teach better. I also teach deep half guard on BJJ LIBRARY:
So yes, I believe online training is an amazing source of knowledge. My sensei Saulo Ribeiro has a quote that I really agree with:
“You can boost your learning curve if you take the time to learn from various media sources such as books and videos. However, in the end you will have to train with a partner to commit the techniques to muscle memory.
It’s important to learn from more than one source because no one can have all the answers to everything. I don’t want to limit you to the weapons I have. As an instructor, I must try to expose you to all the weapons – everything!
What can I say more? Online videos are an excellent tool, but it needs to be balanced with a group practice to be really effective. As Mike Tyson says… “everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.”
You need to see the technique, practice it, repeat as much as you can, try it in the “porrada” time, fail, start again, repeat more, fail again, but now fail better. And start again until you be able to do it all.
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