‘Will I remember,’ I wondered in the middle of a butterfly sweep, legs lifting an invisible partner, ‘Will I remember what to do when we’re all back on the mat?’
2020 was supposed to be a big year. I had gotten promoted near the end of 2019 and the tug of competition had grown more insistent at the turn of the decade.
Injury kept me from the first competition of 2020. Part of me regrets not participating in spite of it.
Who knows when the next one will be now.
The main way BJJ practitioners learn BJJ is through live training with an instructor leading the class. Video can be a powerful supplement to live training if utilized effectively. Unlocking the potential of studying BJJ through video lies in how you go about choosing what, who, and when to study videos.
Note: At the time of this writing, the COVID-19 pandemic is in full swing, causing many BJJ practitioners to completely halt their training. While videos do have power, using videos to learn brand new positions are best when coupled with live training (see Choosing what to do after studying).
Since we don’t yet have a way to download abilities a la The Matrix, a general recommendation during this time is to study videos to supplement positions you already know.
Choosing what to study
Video resources can be roughly separated into two types: Tutorials and rolling footage.