Saulo Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Revolution (Series One) – Teach Yourself at Home

Unless you are financially secure and can spend every waking minute at the dojo or gym with a qualified Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) instructor going over technique and training you need to do some homework.  But I don’t have any one to work or roll with you say.  How am I going to train at home?  I thought the same thing.  I first tired using my wife as my grappling partner.  That didn’t work.  First of all if she got bruised, which is common in Jiu-Jitsu, what were people going to think.  “Hey did you see that bruise on his wife?!”  You can only imagine where that would lead in peoples minds.  So I got a few books to read.  One of them was Jiu-Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro (Click it).  I was so impressed by the way he taught and what he taught I began searching for more from Saulo.  I soon found his DVD instructional series starting with Saulo Ribeiro Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Revolution Series One. Six Volume DVD Instructional Series for Grappling and Mixed Martial Arts (Click It).  It was just what I needed for training at home.  I could watch it, ponder it, and be ready to maximize my time when training.  I still couldn’t get the same level of physical training at home as I did at the dojo but now I felt like I could make progress outside of my two classes a week.  I think it is starting to show in my training too.  I’m remembering what I see on the DVD during a match and I’m starting to have success because of it.  The next thing I need is a Grappling Dummy (Click it) and some mats.  I think that will take me to the next level of solo training at home.  I’ve also been considering a subscription to Gracie University online.

Gracie University – Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Online

Did you know you can get up to a brown belt in Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu online?  I didn’t until today.  At GracieUniversity.com you watch videos of everything you need to learn.  You video tape your self doing the techniques with some one and mail it in.  What a revolutionary idea.  My questions are, what kind of quality of brown belt will you get in the end?  Does it really substitute for in person training?  I like the chat room that is enabled with each video clip so that you can chat with others about what you are working on.  It also has a online instructor to ask questions about what you are working on.  These are both great ideas.  I wonder if they would accept your submission or test video if you don’t have anyone to work with and only use a grappling dummy?

Please let me know your experience with Gracie University.  I would especially like to hear from some one who has tested for a belt through this system.