Jiu-Jitsu is effective because you can’t be a fake and train in this sport. The long hours spent live rolling means that you can openly test the effectiveness of your skills against a resisting opponent.
Going through the ranks is a long and tough process which weeds out the people who are not 100% commited to to Jiu-Jitsu. Ryron Gracie said that “Only 1% of people that train Jiu-Jitsu will get their black belt”. That has got me thinking: Is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu the hardest black belt to achieve in all martial arts? And also, what is a the value of a BJJ black belt?
Think about the time when you started training Jiu-Jitsu. Out of all the people who started training at the same time as you, how many are still here and training regularly? Chances are that you have a lot of people coming in training a few months, maybe even get promoted to blue belt and then suddenly disappear.
What does your Jiu-Jitsu look like after 10+ years of long, hard training?
Which techniques do you need to know? There are too many technqiues out there to know them all but you need to know the following three.
Craig Jones, Bernardo Faria, and John Danaher teach a straight ankle lock, a north/south choke, and an arm bar variation.
What do you get when you gather three of the most prominent figures in the BJJ community in the same room? A wealth of knowledge.