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Real Training vs. Video Training

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Supplemental Learning in Jiu-Jitsu

Ok. I have heard a lot of people telling me that they learned Jiu-Jitsu just by watching videos. OR worse, learning MMA just by watching the UFC. Although I agree that media is a great tool for learning, but still nothing beats getting all sweaty and toughing it out with your professors. This is just me. But I acknowledge the advantage of media being integrated in training. Back in the early 90’s when I first saw the Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu training video, I have grown to appreciate video training materials.

BUT, You cannot replace the experience of being on the mats on a structured curriculum.

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Pitfalls of Heavily Relying on Tutorial Videos

1. Lack of Feedback 

Every attack, submission, mount, hook escape needs repetition for mastery. Now, if you keep on repeating the wrong things, you are actually taking steps backwards in your training. This is because there is great value into what is known as feedback. Your coaches and instructors offer valuable feedback to each technique. Don’t miss it on those.

2. Possibility of Injuries

Much care should be taken when using techniques learned through videos. There is a possibility that you may injure yourself, or worse injure other people.

I have seen some students telling the world that they have learned a foot lock from a prominent YouTube personality. Yes. That’s great. But to be specific on that technique, foot locks need much care when executing. Some leagues in Asia even banned foot locks because of the extent of injuries it can incur.

IMG_2809-620x413Good things about Video Training

 1. Knowledge access is instant

Just get access to the world wide web, download the video to your smart phone and off you go.

2. Supplementary Learning

Video training is great for those who may have to miss actual gym training. Jiu-Jitsu and its mastery is all about learning and repetition.

If you are starting out on Jiu-Jitsu, your first 100 days is the most crucial stage. Soaking up all the information available will do you most good. Don’t believe me? Ask those who got their black belts in less than 8 years =).

3. Technology has evolved. 

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Technology has evolved and social media playing a huge chunk of getting the right BJJ information out there. Now, the internet has helped us reach BJJ artists for feedback and are able to answer our questions about BJJ

4. There is a wide range of high quality training applications for everyone available in Android and IOS.

All types of knowledge is good. But learning to balance actual practice face-to-face with an instructor is the best. Add to your experience and knowledge by doing your own research of videos.

 Interested in checking out video trainings?

Click this link: http://bit.ly/LQZLEO 

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