Research into starting BJJ

I won’t write too much here, I just want to collect the various pieces of info I’ve found helpful in researching BJJ.

Specifically, this is a collection of information aimed at starting BJJ that I found useful. I did a post-grad degree and my current job requires a lot of research so when I’m interesting in something on a personal level, my instinctive response is to unleash my finely honed (not really) google-fu skills upon it. I’ll write something later about resources that I’ve found helpful as a beginner… you know, once I’ve actually begun training.

This is by no means extensive, but a good, basic starting point:

My wife made the comment that BJJ “checks a lot of boxes” in terms of what we were looking/searching for to add to our lives. I think that the information contained in these links shows that BJJ is something that you can get a lot out of if you put a lot into it. It wasn’t any one specific thing that piqued our interest, but the collection of things: fitness, self-defense, mental and physical challenge, etc.

Those, and we finally felt we had the time and head space to take something on.

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9 responses to “Research into starting BJJ

  • slideyfoot

    Yeah, like you I’m a big fan of researching the hell out of things, as you’ve probably gathered from my blog. BJJ is really good for that, in several ways.

    First there is the technical intricacy, which you can spend your whole life delving into (a warning on that: it is extremely tempting to get sucked into YouTube, DVDs and books when starting out, so I’d strongly recommend against doing that for at least six months, preferably longer. I only really started to find the supplemental instructional material useful around purple belt, so quite recently).

    Second there is the incidental but nevertheless interesting surrounding material, like the history, politics etc. That appeals to my academic mindset, so will probably appeal to you too. Lots of podcasts now, which often have a fascinating historical element (Fightworks Podcast is the best, Open Mat Radio frequently has good interviews, and sometimes Inside BJJ will have a good guest, though personally I dislike the ‘banter’).

    Then finally you’ve got the massive online community: I imagine the same is true of many other hobbies/sports, but there is oodles of information and debate online related to BJJ (e.g., questions like gi or nogi, sport or self defence, compete or don’t compete, etc).

    I look forward to reading your thoughts once things get going. :D

    • Kishiuchi

      Thanks! I am liking the online community, lots of info available and generally well written by thoughtful people. My wife has appreciated the strong women’s content that is available.

  • Jeff Chan

    Hey, thanks for linking (glad you like the name). I always enjoy hearing from people who are enjoying what I’ve written. And I love that you’ve started to train as a family. Has your wife heard of the Groundswell Women’s Grappling Camp? Emily Kwok and Valerie Worthington travel all over the US putting on workshops:

    http://www.womensgrappling.org/wordpress/

    Emily recently put together a really good video package with Stephan Kesting. “How to Defeat the Bigger, Stronger Opponent”:

    http://www.grapplearts.com/biggerstronger/index.php

    Welcome to the jiu-jitsu community. It’s a great place to hang around.

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