Weekly Challenge: YouTube Jitsu

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There are a lot of jokes that float around about people who use YouTube as a resource in their jiu jitsu.  In fact, I’ve heard the expression “YouTube Jitsu” tossed around.

But the reality is that if you’re not using online videos to supplement your training, you may be missing out.

Plenty of talented instructors use the internet as a way to increase their visibility. In some cases, it is to build a fan base so they can launch an online training program.

This week’s Jiu Jitsu Times Weekly Challenge is a fun one: do a bit of research, find a high-level instructor that caters to your preferred game, find a video of him or her teaching a technique that you don’t already know, and incorporate that technique into your game.


This may prove to be a difficult challenge.


When you are doing your research, stick with reliable instructors.  Don’t go with Joe Jitsu’s crappy technique YouTube channel. Stick with the winners.

Some instructors are super generous with details; they tend to be the best ones to learn from online.

One of my personal favorites is Andrew “Goatfury” Smith. Here’s a collection of his tutorials.  If you are having a hard time finding videos, check out that page.

Once you’ve chosen an instructor, choose a technique that you don’t know yet and show it to your training partners. If your instructor is receptive, show him or her, too.  The more people who know and understand the technique, the better.

Once you’ve chosen a technique and shared it around your gym, it’s time to drill.  Do the technique SLOWLY.  Pay attention to every detail; make sure you are putting your hands exactly where the instructor in the video is putting his or her hands.  Make sure every single minute detail is perfect.  If possible, bring the video onto the mat with you and follow it step by step.


If you are having a hard time, try reaching out to the individual who made the video.  Very often, these instructors are delighted to help. They may even give you some extra insights.  The jiu jitsu community is small and close-knit. If they put it on the internet, chances are they WANT to hear about it from you.

Once you’ve drilled the technique a lot, try it out while rolling.  It won’t be easy, but go for it anyways.  The best way to know if a technique works is if it works against a resisting opponent.


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Emil Fischer is an active brown belt competitor under Pablo Angel Castro III training at Strong Style Mixed Martial Arts and Training Center near Cleveland Ohio (www.strongstyle.com) and teaching at Ground Up BJJ (http://mpcle.com/class/ground-up-bjj/.) For more information, other articles, and competition videos check out his athlete pages at www.facebook.com/emilfischerbjj www.twitter.com/Emil_Fischer and https://instagram.com/emilfischerbjj/. Emil is sponsored by Meerkatsu (www.Meerkatsu.com, discount code EmilKatsu), Eddy's On Coventry, Cleveland Cryo (www.clevelandcryo.net discount code EmilCryo,) NottaRookie, The Terphouse (www.TheTerphouse.com, used discount code COOKIES), Trap And Roll Soap Company (www.trapandrollsoap.com discount code COOKIES) Impact Mouthguards (www.impactmouthguards.com discount code EMILIMPACT), North South Jiu Jitsu Underwear, as well as a brand ambassador for Ludwig Van (www.ludwigvantheman.com discount code FAMILY) and Vanguard Kimono.
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