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Invisible Jiu-Jitsu

Last night I was having a late dinner with Coach Julius at the Double T Dinner in Baltimore, MD. It has become a tradition, last training session of the trip from 10:30 pm to who knows when followed by the late dinner discussion about where BJJ is going and sharing thoughts.

In our conversation we started talking about how everything for both of us has changed now that we are upper belts. How back in the day it was so simple.. just watch instructionals, but now there are no instructionals for what we need, only Master Lloyd Irvin seems to have the answers to many of our BJJ problem and capable of enlightening us when time becomes available, but when he is not around its hours and hours watching tape, and competition footage trying to zoom in on elbows and knees and figure out the details like a Sherlock Holmes epsiode. Hours spent studying for just a tiny detail.

So much is part of Jiu-Jitsu: Fundamentals, Techniques, Strategies, Positional Advantage, Conditioning, etc…Its a crazy system.

We then spoke about the legendary  Rickson Gracie. There is a myth out there that says that Rickson Gracie was interviewed and asked why doesn’t he ever release an instructional DVD set. His answer was that the real Jiu-Jitsu can be taught by instructionals that it is very incomplete, that it has to be taught person to person. We both agree on this subject. There are so many details, so many things to learn. Maybe one day things will change with the evolution of technology, but for now there is no instructional DVD that teaches what I teach my students at Third Law BJJ of Naples, FL in the most advance classes. It may look like a simple comment or remark but in reality there are details that are being transferred in in this causal conversation.

I had the same realization yesterday when Lloyd Irvin taught me a very important aspect of BJJ I had never understood before and I don’t know how many years wit would had taken me to study it on my own, and have if ever figured it out.

I will be releasing some videos categorized as Invisible BJJ in the near future. Just to give you a better idea of what I am trying to explain.

2 Responses to “Invisible Jiu-Jitsu”

  1. Mark Hance says:

    Really looking forward to any videos on invisible jiu jitsu. Any update on them. Cheers.