How to Learn Faster From Martial Arts Instructional Videos…


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Way back in the early 1990’s I had been training in karate and kickboxing for some time when I came across a video tape (yes a VHS tape :)) that changed my life forever. It was entitled “Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu” and had been created by Renzo Gracie.

I literally watched three minutes of the first tape in the 12 volume series and I was completely hooked!

I began practicing the movements found within those instructional videos over and over again until I was comfortable with every single technique that I could find on them.

Not having access to a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teacher, as there were very few outside of Brazil at that time –if they did relocate it was usually to Miami or someplace warm, never Canada–, I ordered every single BJJ instructional video set that came out and continued to practice, practice and practice. Sometimes even two or three times  a day with anyone of my students or friends that would offer themselves up as a partner.

As I started to travel North America to train at BJJ seminars and many of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu schools that were starting to pop up within the United States, I really wanted to remember every single bit of knowledge that I came across. If I were to forget even the smallest detail when I returned home, I knew I would never improve as fast as I wanted to. To help me to not forget things, I started creating a manual. In the video below, I explain the extent I went to making it and the amount of detail that was put into the 700+ page monster of a book…

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  1. Ali says:

    Great post Jeff.
    I too am forced to learn from DVDs as I dont have a school near me. My sons are actually learning from the Gracie Bullyproof program.

    Its great to hear that you also had success learning from books & VHS (my kids were amazed when I showed them my old VHS collection! They had only ever seen DVDs!)

    Keep up the great work!

    • Jeff Joslin says:

      Thanks Ali. That’s great the whole family is training. How is the gracie bullyproof program?

      Hope all is well.

  2. Ali says:

    Jeff, the Bullyproof program is really good. Working through the “Gracie Games” section just now. Introducing them to BJJ through play & my sons are learning without learning if that makes sense.

    Sadly, like most places Scotland has bullying problems & my sons are 6 & 7 and there has been instances of bullying, so figured now is as good a time as any to introduce them. Help them develop self-confidence as im sure you’ll agree thats the think that stops bullying in its tracks: a kid who is self-aware & self-confident enough to stand up for themselves. Not advocating fighting as such, but no way my kids are not going to be able to defend themselves in a worst case scenario, school rules be damned.

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