By Guillaume “Gile” Huni
When it comes to supplementing my game with online or video instruction, I’m very picky about what I will look at. Youtube seems to have an answer to a lot of our daily BJJ problems: “how to pass the Z guard” for ex, but what I don’t like in most instructionals is the lack of conveying the concepts of a technique and strategy. Back when I was a blue belt, I purchased Saulo Ribeiro’s Jiu-Jitsu revolution 1&2 dvd set (which is considered one of the best of all time by the way) and instantly fell in love with the way that Saulo was teaching Jiu-Jitsu. Instead of just randomly picking a bunch of fancy low percentage moves, he would focus on basic, solid, competition proven techniques and break them down showing you all the important details and the right strategy to use in a competition setting.
When Dave from BJJ library contacted me a few months back and offered me a subscription to Saulo and Xande’s new online training program BJJ Library, I was over the moon. It was always one of dreams to one day train at the University of Jiu-Jitsu in San Diego. My instructor had trained there with his son in the past and told me about Saulo’s awesome way of leading the trainings.
In a really easy to navigate site, BJJ Library gives you access to the daily classes at Saulo’s University of Jiu-Jitsu, Xande’s academy in LA, and Rodrigo Pagani’s school in Niteroi Brazil. You basically get to experience the same instruction that their own student’s receive on a daily basis.
One more great thing is that they also feature guest seminars from the biggest BJJ players like Leandro Lo (showing his torreada pass, and spider guard), Fernando Terere (Safada throw, buttflop pass), Rafael Lovato Jr (Smash passing), Clark Gracie (his handsome omoplata).
There are also great rolling sessions between Saulo, Xande with Clark Gracie, Leandro Lo etc..Xande’s Judo Randoris at his judo club. For those who look for self defense, there is also a Jiu-Jitsu self defense section. For those who like ginastica natural, they’ve uploaded a detailed section with ginastica warm ups and exercises.
As a BJJ nerd and recent BJJ black belt, I spend ALOT of time watching tournament matches of my favorite BJJ players to pick up some new ideas. I’ve recently started teaching class once a week and a lot of what I’m showing uses details, concepts and strategies that I’ve learned watching BJJ Library. So for me it is a really valuable tool that will help me evolve in my BJJ journey.
You can sign up here and the monthly membership costs $24.99, or a whole year for $249.99.
Here are some videos from BJJ Library: