The Gracie Debate: “Online” vs. “Live” Training

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Online vs Live Training

Here is Rener Gracie with a very interesting video in response to a publication in a Brazilian Magazine. Here is what it is being shared by them:
“There has been a lot of controversy surrounding a recent article/interview that was published in a Brazilian magazine in which Rener Gracie emphasized some of the advantages of internet-based jiu-jitsu training. After speaking to several members of the family, Rener and Ryron release this video to provide their thoughts on the issue and to discuss the most common misconceptions about Gracie University.

Ryron and Rener also introduce a modification to the Gracie University belt promotion process. Effective June 1, 2014, students who earn complete the Gracie Combatives program from home, and pass the Blue Belt Test via the Video Evaluation Process, will earn a Gracie University “Technical Blue Belt.” To earn the Official Gracie Academy Blue Belt, students must pass an extended hands-on evaluation with Ryron, Rener, or an authorized Gracie Academy representative at a Certified Training Center.

As always, promotion to purple belt and brown belt require an in-person evaluation with an authorized Gracie Academy representative, and black belt promotion requires successful completion of a one-week live evaluation at Gracie Academy headquarters in Torrance, California.”



We think On line education is a good option when live education on a field you are interested is not available. In Martial Arts the same principle applies but in terms of safety it is recommended some live guidance by a person with more years of experience, you can call it a mentor, a facilitator a coach or instructor. You need to have someone guiding you or at least someone to give you feed back. In Martial Arts if you are not careful you might end up hurting you, getting injured and even getting disabled.

Remember that any Martial Art needs guidance, it is highly recommended that you learn at a dojo or training center and use on line learning as a complement, because you won’t learn and become proficient by watching videos and think you got the technique right at once. Don’t hurt yourself, find a place to get started and go from there.