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.
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.