How much can you learn from...
...watching BJJ/No-gi instructional videos and books?
I'm a complete beginner and wondering if there is any point in me watching or reading these or if its just better to learn it at training sessions?
I find books hard but ive learn't a few things from videos, generally ill watch a technique over and over again and then keep trying it in training that night until i feel comfortable with it
hi newbie here, the good thing about vids are that you become familar with the moves and when you actually start a class ur not standing there with your thumb in ur ass you will know a bit.
Originally Posted by jamesleaves
by the way evan tanner was self taught from videos ufc middle weight champion RIP.
you can learn loads from books and DVD's.
However you will need a dedicated class of skilled training partners to work your game with.
without that you are fooling yourself. consider it to be something similar to your school days, books and DVD's that have been properly vetted by your coach could be considered homework (as could watching/attending events) while mat time is the equavent of class time.
those students that do the homework are taking a step in the right direction, a good book may well be set out in a useful way that sub categorizes techniques in a way that is easy for the student to remember.
those students that dont do the homework will still learn what they need to know, but may take longer to get there.
however those students that dont go to the classes but just do the homework are like home schooled kids, they are susceptible to their own bias unlike mainstream coaches who are kept honest by the rigors of peer review testing(competition).
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Quite a number of the 'old school' fighters (most are now coaches, I guess) were self taught in MMA, from videos and books... the notorious Fighters Handbook!
I'm sure it was suplemented with training where possible... but there wasn't really many people around, especially to learn BJJ techniques from!
this is true, and i take nothing away from the inovators and hard workers who by trial and error have worked to bring the UK mma scene to where it is now.
Originally Posted by ReD_mIst
however there is no need to struggle along like this reinventing the wheel anymore, there are more and more MMA schools in the UK and with some effort made regarding travelling, you can avoid having to plod along making all the usual mistakes and go to a coach who has been there, done it and can smooth your rough edges in a fraction of the time.
and good BJJ schools may have been hard to find, may still be hard to find, but the UK has a long standing rich tradition of respectable Judo scrappers.
you can always train judo until you can get to some BJJ or a school opens up in your area.
What you need to find as a beginner is a friend who will watch/read DVDs/Books with you and practise the moves with u. IMHO.
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I pick up some useful stuff from videos, just different ideas and things to try out. I'm a beginner on the ground too and some of the stuff I've got from videos have ended up being my 'go to' moves when I'm getting smashed. Maybe its just because its stuff that the people at my club won't have drilled counters and escapes for. But it can't hurt, it won't make you any worse and may just get those creative juices flowing.
Thanks for the advice. Any books or videos that anyone can recommend?
The cheaper the better, funds are low
Video's on Submissions 101, free and well explained. I find books very difficult but video's are really effective. As already said, some fighters are self taught like this, Matt Riddle in the UFC taught himself like this so it can work.
Originally Posted by Paulg