July 19, 2012

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Video Phenomenon

According to the 12 of you who chimed in on our poll last week, there is a 50-50 split when asked "When learning from film (DVD/Youtube) do you study:

  6 (50%)
Competition Footage
  0 (0%)
  6 (50%)
  0 (0%)

Votes so far: 12 

I find this interesting though not surprising.  We are creative creatures and with such active imaginations it should come as no surprise that we like to be constantly stimulated with new ideas / ways of doing our respective "hobby."  In the 21st century we have mass media at our fingertips, literally, and we use it (arguably) too much and in many a wasted manner.  

Don't get me wrong, I have amassed a DVD collection over the past 20 years that is impressively large, yet embarrassingly untouched for the most part.  In the beginning everything you see is so new and impressive, every new position is like Ponce De Leon's discovery of the Fountain of Youth, submissions "created" on the mat are quickly named with crazy personalized monikers in an effort to claim our 15 minutes of fame with the much hyped, rarely seen "Black and Decker Pecker Wrecker!"  These dreams of grandeur are rudely awoken when we hit purple belt and you start realizing what is new is old and old is new.  The way of nature I suppose.

Watching my past competition footage is some of the best instructional material out there as it showcases without bias my flaws, strengths, and weaknesses.  With the adrenaline dump and intensity of any given single match one is happy if they can recall 60% of what occurred, and quite often the accuracy of that 60% we recall is actually much lower.  When I competed in the American Cup last year I had no one with me to record the match (should have asked someone, but did not think of it).  Immediately after the match (I lost on points), I went outside to catch my breath and focus on what just happened.  The last thing I remembered was attacking him in my guard, then all the sudden he was in side control.  It wasn't for almost 10 hours later that night that I remembered I had attacked with a triangle and he squirmed out of it and passed.  I totally forgot a huge chunk of the fight!  

Point being... wish I had video of it because I am sure I could learn a lot of what I do not remember!  

Here are a couple of clips, one instructional from Carlos Henrique (6th dan), the other a culmination of clips from Bishop BJJ regarding the interesting game of Kron Gracie who often is fighting the best in the world down on points, but constantly attacking using the fundamentals of BJJ.  One can learn a lot from both of these clips:


  1. Really a nice post I find this blog interesting and Good Collection of pictures. i'll look forward for your next post for more updates onBrazilian Jiu Jitsu . Thanx

  2. I wish I can learn jiu jitsu too. It looks fun and exciting.
    RCJ Machado Jiu-Jitsu