A while back, I was talking to Jitsu Jeff about starting a never ending series of Jiu-Jitsu technique videos. I was excited at the prospect of doing something different than what we’ve been watching online for all these years. I was excited to apply some of my style to Jiu-Jitsu.
What I didn’t want to do: (in a monotone voice) “Hi. I’m George and today I am going to show you the steps to complete the armbar. Next to me is my trusted assistant Lenny. Say hi Lenny.” Lenny says hi. And then they go through the move step by step.
We’ve probably all seen these things a thousand times. While they are pretty decent at what they are trying to do, I wonder why people do them. I mean, what’s the purpose? If they are trying to brand their school, why not show what it’s really like? Show the amateurs. Show the mistakes. Show the conversation. And even better, show one of the amateurs trying to show a move and then, as an instructor, add some commentary or correction. People love this kind of stuff.
As I’ve said a thousand times – we are a world full of amateurs. Why in the world do we want to watch professionals? Think about reality TV. That became, and still is, wildly popular because the “actors” were regular people just like you and me. I remember talking to a guy a long time ago about football. He told me that he didn’t like watching the professionals and much preferred college ball because it was so much more realistic. I agreed and have remembered that conversation since then.
I haven’t yet seen an online instructional video that meets the criteria I’ve described above – until today. Today I found it and today the world of onine Jiu-Jitsu video has been taken up a notch. Thank goodness. And it took Emily Kwok to do it.
I want you to watch this video and be sure to make it through to the end. About half way through, they move from demonstration to live instruction – correcting mistakes, having conversations with students and getting involved with drilling. If you read the comments to the video, you’ll see that people really love the style and particularly comment on the second half of the video. It’s new, different and I must say, it’s refreshing.
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