The Power of YouTube
With the rise in Jiu Jitsu technique videos on YouTube, it’s been very interesting to be training in a time having any technique you need right at your figure tips. There is a multitude of top-level coaches and competitors with videos across YouTube showing the different possibilities of where you can go with your training. Having all these options can be an answer to any question you could have with your training. I think the best application of using the platform is to use these videos to retain stuff you have learned previously or to help build off what you already know. For me personally, it’s been very beneficial, but there is a limit to how far you should go down the technique rabbit hole. The dark side of YouTube videos is using these videos to look up advanced positions, fancy sweeps, or tricky submission chains and trying to replicate them without understanding the context of how to reach these positions or how to properly do the techniques themselves. There’s nothing wrong with seeing a lapel sweep from worm guard and wanting to learn it, but if you don’t understand the concepts and movements behind maintaining a basic open guard then you’ll never reach beyond that. Ultimately, how you train is up to you, but at least starting out, I would strive to excel at the fundamentals and then move on to the next level.