The rise of BJJ instructionals has given way to a lot of progress for many Jiu-Jitsu students worldwide, hobbyists and professional athletes alike.
The world-class knowledge is now right there, one click away… And all you’ve got to do is watch the instructional, drill the principles and techniques shown in it, and then use them in sparring.
Despite this, however, Ricardo Almeida emphasizes that no instructional can replace having a coach:
I see that now, with the advance of technology, guys go online and learn a couple of leglocks from John Danaher, and some half guard tips from Bernardo Faria. And then they look at some wrestling videos for learning takedowns, and that is all great but… At the end of the day, you still need a professor.
You still need a professor that has kind of „seen it all“ and that will help you put it all together.
You need someone alongside you, explains Almeida. A coach who has the experience and will give you tips:
Having someone along side you on a daily basis, with experience and someone who has seen a ton of people go from white to black belts, and that can give you tips – I think that that is really the key.
I mean, it doesn’t matter who he is. If the guy is a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu, man, I don’t think you can go wrong by following everything he did.
And then, once you get to a certain level and you want to learn something else, I’m certain that the instructor will open doors for you.
And if he doesn’t, well, maybe just look for a different situation.
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