Article on YouTube and Jiu Jitsu

Jiu Jitsu Time has an article about the upsides and downsides to YouTube and the jiu jitsu community: it’s a complicated relationship, to say the least.

On the one side, for the seasoned practitioner it’s a fantastic way to explore other techniques from some of the highest caliber athletes in our sport. Even if you can’t exactly pull off the same technique with the same precision, it opens your eyes to new possibilities and hopefully something that will dovetail perfectly with the rest of your game.

On the other hand, for newer students, it’s a bit like trying to drink from a firehose- there’s a dangerous allure to fall down the rabbit hole or information that’s out there, any literally anyone can post anything on YouTube, which is why I often tell new students “Sensei YouTube is not your friend.”  I would trust more if they went somewhere like BJJ Library, where you know all of the videos are taught by experienced bjj practitioners, and not some dude who’s been teaching “street style” jiu jitsu for the past 6 months.

Anyway, check out the article and let me know what you think- otherwise, have a great day everyone!


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