BJJ Instructional Sites - Worth the money?

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  1. Haye

    Haye White Belt

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    Hi all

    Do you guys think it is worth signing up to any of the BJJ instructional sites (Marcelo’s, Grapplers Guide etc) or do you think there is enough free content out there?

    I’ve seen a couple of ‘good’ deals for memberships but if you guys think there’s enough available without having to pay I’d prefer to save my money!

    Any opinions appreciated.

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  2. Papawash

    Papawash clean and fresh

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    I guess YT is fine for adding new techniques here and there. Personally, the reason why I use instructional vids is because I like to learn concepts on positions, it seems to work better for me rather than memorizing a collection of techniques. Ryan Hall is a great example of this.

    As much as I like my coach, he isnt the type to teach concepts and the things to do mid transition, that's what prompted me to search online.
     
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  3. Edison Carasio

    Edison Carasio Excellence of execution belt Platinum Member

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    I use gracieuniversity.com. It's always my answer to these threads. But there's enough similar threads like this that you should look in those for advice.
     
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  4. tekkenfan

    tekkenfan Purple Belt

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    yeah youtubes more for learning a new trick or so but positional strategy youll learn more from dvd series ect which is what i like to do i like to see how other people see positions and go about approaching them can always pick up new details that will work better for you
     
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  5. Judoka1532

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    I think the content that you're paying for with an instructional site is an organized, comprehensive, and step-by-step way of how to learn bjj. But it may be limited to only a few people's concepts. The more instructors the wider range of techniques you can learn. But, you could do your own research on you tube or simply study matches and learn a lot. I think you have to have some organizational skills to lay out the proper way to learn bjj. My advice if money is an issue is "learn" how to learn bjj.
     
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  6. Haye

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    Right yeah that makes sense. I’m fairly tight for cash so if I were to go for it thought maybe Grapplers Guide could be a good shout because of the one off fee. I’ve heard a number of positive reviews. It would restrict me to one persons take on things but obv there’s a lot of free stuff out there too.
     
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  7. Haye

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    Thanks. Yeah seems like that site is very good from what I’ve heard. Just would be too pricey for me unfortunately. Have had a read through some of the threads you referred to now and seems like GG is the one for me.
     
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    I use Grapplers Guide man, it's amazing how much you get for the price. I think Jason said that he has like 4000+ vids uploaded or something crazy like that lol. Going over the same point I said before, his Transitions Program was the main reason I joined his site.

    I you are strapped for cash, I suggest getting apps from Kesting's site. I have a couple of those and they are great as well.
     
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  9. Haye

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    Ok thanks bud. Sounds like GG is the way to go. Will download Kestings stuff too like you suggested.

    I do like the idea of “learning how to learn” bjj like Judoka1532 suggested but I’m a relative novice so some active instruction from someone like Jason is probably the best way to go at this point without breaking the bank.
     
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  10. Quebec Nick

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    Jason the GG are the best, I went from waiting for my coach to show me stuff to fully take my learning into my hands. With way the site is built, you can have very complete instruction to do the techniques. If you follow the steps (set up videos, positionnal videos and other subjects that are stickied at the top of the subject you're searching) you have everything to do the technique properly. It's way better than just watching sweeps and submissions and missing out important points.

    Also, the stuff he put in recently with Craig Jones and Travis Stevens is worth the price by itself.
     
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  11. dimmyfinster

    dimmyfinster Orange Belt

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    Maybe no for you, but yes if you have money.

    The reason it's better is theme. At the AOJ website(or Roger or Braulio or Marcelo) you can learn a coherent game. The moves go together, the instructor (if good) reuses concepts, and you are not starting from scratch every single move.

    Plus, I am of the opinion that even adding in the feedback element that you miss with online site, most of our coaches are not as good as Rafa, Gui, Braulio, Roger, Saulo, or Xande.
     
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  12. Haye

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    Thanks guys.

    Will sign up for the Grapplers Guide in the next couple of days. While I’d love to give Rogers, Marcelos etc sites a go ive had a look at the pricing and it’s too much currently. Suppose can always look for promo codes/get a months membership here and there in the future.
     
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    xMTDx A grappling dad

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    What is Renzos pricing? I have noticed that the free techs he has posted are very wasy and effective to implement into my game. The explanations are clear and he covers why he started experimenting ie struggling with size, strength, fatigue etc.
     
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    berimBOWLoh Silver Belt

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    i am a submission 101 black belt and i can say without a doubt if my pillow is ever attacking me i will subdue it within 14min.
     
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  15. Edison Carasio

    Edison Carasio Excellence of execution belt Platinum Member

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    Within 14 mins via kotegaeshi*
     
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  16. WarriorMonk7

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    Gracie University is the best because they actually have an A to Z curriculum - and it builds very well. Explanations, audio, and video quality are all top.

    The other sites are good, but it is just a bunch of random shit thrown together (ZOMG 4000 videos!!) without teaching you how they all come together. Those sites are pretty much useless unless there is a specific thing you want to learn (in which case YouTube probably has better shit because the best videos get thumbed up/liked and the garbage gets voted down).

    Overall, nothing comes close to Gracie University. I think Combat Submission Wrestling also has a nice online curriculum, but it is not as organized as GU.
     
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    Paul Schriner DVD on 1/2 guard and Pressure passing is very very good.
     
  20. WarriorMonk7

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    Thanks for contributing valuable info to the conversation.
     

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