The advent of online learning has gained a lot of traction in the past couple of years. Numerous industries from education, businesses, even martial arts, have started using the medium in some way, shape or form.
There has been a lot of discussion on how effective (or ineffective) this approach can be, and like with most arguments both sides offer good, solid points to their cause.
Traditional folks scoff at the idea of learning new skills from a video tutorial because they say that there’s no way to know if a student is getting the point of the lesson.
Other people disagree with this notion and claim that Online learning can as useful as live classes because you can always rewind the video for parts that are difficult to understand.
Let’s try to go over both sides of the argument and decide which of the two is correct.
How is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu taught in the Dojo?
BJJ is a martial art that’s heavy on sparring, we already know that. This means that a big chunk of the time is spent in doing situational drills and rolling.
The benefit of learning BJJ in a dojo is the input that you receive from your coaches. A little advice here and there can be of great benefit to mastering a specific technique.
The fact that you are also dealing with different training partners every day adds to the advantages of training in a dojo. It is absolutely critical to be exposed to people of different experience, body types and skill levels if you want to reach the next evolution of your game.
These 2 points (getting immediate input & a large pool of training partners), in my opinion, is what makes dojo training superior to learning using videos instructionals.
Positives of doing Online Training
BJJ has been rapidly growing over the years and it’s not surprising to see students training the art in different parts of the world.
While it’s good to know that BJJ is enjoying a massive growth globally, the number of instructors (especially the ones teaching outside the US, Brazil & Europe) are simply very hard to come by.
This is where Online training comes in. Video services like Youtube and the like can be sufficient (but admittedly not as robust) in mastering techniques.
Premium instructionals are also available for those who are looking for a more structured product. I have personally watched and bought my share of BJJ instructionals and they certainly helped my understanding of the game.
Just get a partner or two and you can start learning BJJ at your own pace with Online Training!
In conclusion, if there’s a good school available in your area please don’t hesitate to check them out. There’s really no substitute for live instruction in my opinion.
There’s nothing wrong with watching a couple of Online instructionals but it should be made clear that it shouldn’t be the main mode of instruction if a good school is nearby.
If there is an ideal way to train it would be something like this: Training in the dojo 3-5 times a week, and video study using Online instructionals during rest days.