How and Where to Learn BJJ – The Best Ways in 2021

If you are reading this guide, you are probably interested in learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. You may be a beginner or have been training for several years. I’m going to share with you some tips and resources on how to learn BJJ that will help you learn BJJ faster than you ever thought possible.

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How to learn BJJ

What’s your learning style?

Everybody has their own learning style when it comes to learning BJJ. The main learning styles are: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Some people learn best by watching, some by listening, and some do better when they are actively doing.

Most people have a combination of all three. For example, you might gain knowledge by watching and listening to the techniques and then go and practice what you have just learned.

I personally like to mess around with concepts more than to repeat a detailed instruction of a technique. Others may like to watch a technique, then go and practice it, and then rewind the DVD to see it again and practice some more. It really doesn’t matter how you learn, just as long as you are learning.

What’s the best way to learn BJJ?

The best way to learn BJJ is to combine a variety of methods. For example, you can watch instructional videos, read about BJJ online, and then roll at the academy and try to use what you’ve learned. This will allow you to learn BJJ faster and it will also help you to be able to use it in a real situation.

How to learn BJJ fast

The best way to learn BJJ fast is to combine different training methods and to put in a lot of time in total. If you only spend time rolling on the mats, there’s only so much you can do within a week. You’ll learn BJJ much faster if you also talk to your instructor, ask questions to your training partners, think about your rolls, read about BJJ and watch online instructionals. 

How to learn BJJ from video

Video is the best instructional tool for learning BJJ. You can watch techniques done on video over and over again and you can pause the action to really focus on each movement. To see the most progress from this method you need to pick the right videos and study them to the point where you know the techniques by heart.

How to learn BJJ from reading

Reading about BJJ is great but it’s usually not as effective for learning techniques as watching instructional videos. This is because you can’t see the techniques being done and it’s hard to really understand the movements and positions. The best way to learn BJJ techniques from reading is to combine it with videos. 

However, reading is a great way to learn BJJ concepts. For example, if you read my post about armbars, you’ll see commonalities between different kinds of armbars much quicker than if you needed to watch a video about this concept.

How to learn BJJ by rolling

Rolling is the most effective way to learn BJJ. When you roll you learn BJJ by actually doing the techniques. In the academy you can learn BJJ from rolling with your partner, training partners, and also with the instructors.

How to learn BJJ from a BJJ Instructional DVD

BJJ instructional DVDs have risen in quality and decreased in price tremendously over the last few years. And there’s more available today than there ever were before.

I like to get BJJ instructionals either for specific positions that I’m really good at already, or for broader topics that I’m very new at. 

I like them for the positions that I’m good at because I can just get a few more world class details into my game to make my A game even stronger. For example, I watched Josh Hinger’s guillotine DVD because I wanted to add an arm in guillotine to my already strong guillotine game.

And I like instructionals for broad topics that I’m bad at, because they give me an overview of what I don’t know yet. For example, I watched Danaher’s takedown instructional and Lachlan GIles’ guard retention instructional when I knew virtually nothing about these topics, and I got much better at them extremely quickly.

How to learn BJJ from private classes

Private classes are highly effective for learning BJJ. The one-on-one instruction allows you to get a lot of attention and correction. If you are looking for the best way to learn BJJ from an instructor who knows what he or she is doing then private classes are a good choice.

How to learn BJJ from a book

As I have mentioned earlier in this article, BJJ is a complex martial art. There is a lot of information that needs to be assimilated. And the only way to do that is to go to classes. To assist with this, one can read books on BJJ.

However, it is important to note that books can only teach you the basics of BJJ. The intricacies, the details, you will only learn when you attend training classes. If you want to learn BJJ, then you must be in the BJJ class.

Here are some books that I recommend you read:

  • The Black Belt Blueprint: An Intelligent Approach to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Jiu Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro
  • Mastering Jiu Jitsu by Renzo Gracie and John Danaher

How to learn BJJ from a coach

Coaches are one of the best ways to learn BJJ. A good instructor will be able to show you the small things that make a big difference in your game. But, be careful, a bad instructor will not only miss these things, but they’ll miss things that you shouldn’t be doing at all. The best way to avoid a bad instructor is to see them in action and to talk to students who have trained with them.

How to learn BJJ from your training partners

Your training partners are the cheapest and most effective way to learn BJJ. If you have a good training partner you can be sure that they’ll show you the things you need to work on. Not only that, but you’ll learn by doing, which is the best way to learn BJJ.

To maximize your learning from your training partners, pay attention to what techniques they excel at, and ask questions about those techniques. For example, I recently learned a lot about doing armbars by asking questions to a guy who armbars me (and other people) multiple times per training.

How to learn BJJ from a seminar

Seminars are a great way to learn BJJ. You get to see and hear from experts, you get to network with other practitioners, and most seminars have an element of competition that will get your adrenaline pumping. The only problem with seminars is that they’re expensive. If you can afford it, though, they’re the quickest way to learn BJJ.

How to learn BJJ by yourself

You need training partners to learn BJJ to develop timing and to battle test your techniques. But, you can supplement this with extra self development in your alone time. The best way to do this is to think about your rolls, read books and watch BJJ instructionals.

How to learn bjj at home

To learn BJJ at home you either need to buy mats so you can do techniques and sparring at home with a training partner, or you need to pick up some books or BJJ instructionals. However, beware that it’s really hard to learn BJJ if you don’t physically practice. You can do this a little bit if you can’t get to your gym for a while, but in the long run you’ll need mats.

How to learn BJJ for free

The best way to learn BJJ for free is to get some online videos from Youtube. The nice thing about Youtube is you can learn anything from it. Even if you’re looking for BJJ, there are a lot of really good channels online.

I’m not saying that you should just watch Youtube videos, but they are a good way to supplement your training. There are also some great BJJ Youtube channels out there that are worth checking out.

Here are some of my favorites:

  • Jon Thomas
  • Lachlan Giles
  • Shintaro Higashi

How to learn BJJ online

Most of the resources I pointed to are available online. Just search for BJJ books, BJJ blogs, BJJ instructionals, or BJJ videos on Youtube.

Final thought on how to learn BJJ

There is no right or wrong method for how to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. What works for one person might not work for another. Of course, the more different training methods you can combine, the easier it will be to learn BJJ.