I’m sure I’ve talked about this before, so I do apologize, but I just watched two youtube videos: one was a lesser quality, but with more useful, technical information and the other was less about technique and more about computer graphics and quick-cut editing to subtly show off the fact they had 3 HD quality cameras running at the same time. It’s a tricky subject, because of my own personal bias, where I feel a hands-on approach is the most effective. However, a lot of BJJ black belts make their supplemental income from DVD sales, websites that host instructional videos, and post Youtube videos doing just that.
There are some instructional videos out there that make me worry as well: ones that look like they are more concerned with looking slick and polished, and less about the technique themselves. Indeed, there are a lot of people out there with a lot of knowledge: there are also a lot of people out there who are just looking to make a quick buck and gain a social media following.
For people who have no alternative means to getting to a gym, I guess the videos are better than nothing, and for higher ranks it’s good to see the new trends in an ever evolving sport like jiu jitsu. But I personally see these videos as reference materials, or supplementary tools to use for further study or discussion with an instructor, not the sole word and authority on a technique.
I will continue to think about both sides of this argument, but what do you guys think?