3/31/10

How to learn Jiu-Jitsu by yourself

Sorry, it can't be done. No matter how many times you Google it, you will never learn Jiu-Jitsu that way. This is obvious to anyone who has ever set foot on the mat.

I suppose if you are a visual learner, you could figure out how to do some things by watching videos. But without a partner to practice them on, you will never learn anything. Even if you convince your mom to let you try it on her, you are still not learning Jiu-Jitsu. As all practitioners know, nothing works the same on two different people so you need to try the techniques on many.

Even if you are able to convince your entire family, and your dog, to let you practice on them, you still will not learn Jiu-Jitsu. It is not a static art. It is live, and unpredictable. It is never the same thing twice.

You can't even learn it by going to Jiu-Jitsu class...if you don't roll. The only way to learn it is by grappling. That is the only thing that can teach your body to sense and feel all of the things that are Jiu-Jitsu. And you definitely can't grapple by yourself.

However, as an alternative, you can learn how to fight like a girl by yourself...



Gina Ethridge

18 comments:

Conan said...

Was that Ken and Will in the background?

Sara said...

That was so HOT!!! LOL
Love it :)

Gina said...

I believe it was Ken and Will...you did a great job of teaching them how to fight like a girl, Sensei.

Rome Za said...

Cant learn how to ride a bike without trying man! BJJ is the same. When I first started training we were training on mats in my kitchen, using Youtube as a trainer. 2 years later, Im a purple belt under a Kenny Florian Blackbelt and I still think back to those sessions as the backbone to my training!

Gina said...

You can't learn to ride a bike without a bike :) You said "we" were training, so at least you had a partner to train with. I never said training on your own couldn't be beneficial, or a way to introduce yourself to it. But, at some point you found it necessary to seek out a black belt to train under, right?

Anonymous said...

I got a lot of mental reps by using you tube and Google. It's amazing at what the mind can lead the body to do. I agree that the muscle memory isn't there yet but I felt that I learned much quicker by doing mental reps when trying to learn Jits. I would then go to the mat and sometimes fail but the learning process was much quicker IMO. Mat time is crucial but I spent more time mentally learning concepts than mat time.


BIG ANDY

Gina said...

Then you are a Jiu-Jitsu genius, nay, a Jiu-Jitsu God, Andy! jk.

To clarify...I do mental reps all the time, and watch YouTube videos, too, and I agree it helps a lot. This post isn't about that, or intended for people like you. It's for the people who think they can learn it without any formal training, or mat time.

Brent said...

what does it mean when he says at the end: "don't drop the soap?"
did the guy who said he makes soap try to fight with a bar of soap or something?

Conan said...

I once had an entire Jiu-Jitsu match in my mind with Brent, and I won. There was no soap involved.

Garrett said...

Right on Gina, JJ is a motor skill and no amount of videos or reading can replace rolling. Mat time is what separates the good blue belt from the black belt.
Of course on top of that you need good instruction and a good head, but it is nothing without live practice

Jason (JiuJitsuMap.com) said...

Its the truth. I accelerate my learning by doing what I can at home but there is no substitute for live classes each week.

Gina said...

Thanks Garrett and Jason. You both got my point, and put it a lot more succinctly than I did :-)

Anonymous said...

I agree Gina! I think there are lots of people who watch some UFC and you tube and think they can slap on a kamura or triangle choke and make it work. Unless you roll, you wouldn't have a clue how hard it is to submit someone with a triangle choke.

Big Andy

Brent said...

there you go, again, Conan! ruining the trap i'm trying to set for someone to fall into. darn you!

Gina said...

Cool, Andy :)

Brent, you got me once before, and I will not fall so easily for one of your tricks again. I'm onto you now!

Omar said...

Practice becomes perfect

Anonymous said...

wtf, you have got to be kidding me that video was bulls##t

Anonymous said...

Since its different for everyone and doesn't work the same on two people, you can practice the movements on the ground by yourself which is what I've done, kinda like shadowboxing, and believe me its worked for me. When I spar with my friends ive actually utilized kimuras and armbars from mount, and guillotine chokes and kimuras and armlock from half guard. It's BETTER to practice with someone I agree, but practicing it like shadowboxing, the movements, is still good enough and its worked for me. What works for one doesn't always work for another lol.