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.