Best BJJ Instructional

 What is the best BJJ Instructional.

Sorry for the FRAT  

     I am primarily a TMA Instructor.  I would like to incorporate BJJ into my regular curriculum.  Of the links I posted, what is the best way to go.  There is only 1 legit BJJ Black Belt in my area.  My teaching schedule precludes me from going to his school.  I have tried to get him or some of his purple or blues to teach once a week, without success.  I am friendly with him and his staff, but can't make it work.  In fact, my son trains with him when he doesn't have football or wrestling and I often refer students to him when they require grappling instruction that I can't provide.

I have been involved in Martial Arts for more than 25 years.  I have a successful background in western boxing and kickboxing.  My BJJ background is basically seminar stuff over the years.  I have had some quality instruction in BJJ, including Pedro Valente, Leonardo Xavier, and Len Sonia.  I have trained with several MMA fighters and trainers including Randy Couture, Matt Hamill, John Hackleman, and Matt Serra.

The links I posted, I believe, offer the best opportunity to train and learn.  Earning rank would be nice, but is not really important to what I am trying to do.  Providing quality BJJ instruction is more important than rank.  I have a few good training partners and will be able to train consistently and intensely.

I appreciate any feedback on what would be the best way for me to train BJJ via DVD.  I realize this is not the way to BlackBelt, but that is not my intent.  I simply would like to provide the best BJJ training I can to my students.  If there is someting better, that I have not posted a link to, please let me know.  Thanks for any input.


I advise to start from that position with Functional JKD 2 by Straigh Blast Gym / Matt Thornton. That's how we started. Now we have our own first estonian blackbelt:)

You may wish to check out Machado black belt, John Will's programs. He has designed a jiu-jitsu and MMA program specifically for someone in your situation.

Everything listed so far is good, but for what your purposes seem to be, the Gracie Combatives is likely your best bet. It covers the basics in a very detailed format, the teaching style is much better than most vids (i.e., they actually HAVE a teaching style and progression, whereas most vids are just collections of moves, however good those moves are). If you want to learn BJJ on your own, there are dozens of great sets, but if you are thinking of teaching some very basic BJJ to others, I can't think of anything better (at least not without investing in about 10-20 sets total, which would be insanely expensive). Also, they have a separate kids' DVD set (called "Bullyproof") that is an excellent primer for how to teach BJJ to kids.

Note that I am not endorsing the whole contentious "online belt testing" aspect of it - just that the DVDs are great and cheap, a rare combo.

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Another vote for Gracie combatives.

It's exactly made for your circumstance and the instruction is the best out there, you can't find anyone that explains it better than the brothers.

for your purposes, the gracie combatives, without a doubt.

BTW, many folks (including my rec, the Gracie Combatives) have clips of their vids on Youtube, so you can take a look there and see what grabs your interest before you plunk down your cash.

The earlier mentioned Masterclass Grappling was specifically designed for not just BJJ schools but for TMA's who wanted to integrate a grappling program into their programs. I say check it out

Depends on how much BJJ you want to incorporate. If you just want to add it to your current curriculum then I would say Gracie Combatives.

If you want to start a BJJ program with rank then you might want to join an association.

i cannot deny as i would as well suggest gracie combatives...

i had even suggested the gracie beginners set for a past co- worker of mine who wanted to learn bjj but couldnt take classes due to financial issues at that time :)

Well if you have an iPhone or Android I can't help but promote my app which is, "iBJJ". We have about 70-80 moves on there all broken down step by step for $3.99. check us out at We are always adding more content. (I think we have about 60 more moves already shot that are still being cut and slowly added in.)

For other instructionals that I liked:

"Jiu-jitsu University" (a book) by Saulo Ribero is one of the best BJJ instructionals out there. Fantastic job of showing basic techniques that everyone should know and breaking them down very effectively. He also has a really nice write up at the beginning where he talks about his philosophy with training and what he feels students should be working on at each belt level.

For kids Jiu-Jitsu there is a DVD series called, "Play as the way" by a SBGI guy that is amazing. It is more an instructional on how to teach kids BJJ classes with games, drills etc. We use a lot of the drills and games that they teach at our school and our kids love them.

On a personal note, I think you should find time to work out with someone from the BJJ school near you. The instructor, a purple belt whatever... It is one thing to learn the mechanics of the moves from an instructional, but if you are planning on teaching it as part of your curriculum I think you would do yourself a great disservice not to understand the application of what you've learned.

Understanding how a technique should feel, is so important when grappling. To be able to answer the questions of, "what do I do if my opponent does this..." when teaching a move is answered much easier when you have person that understands how the move is applied and defended, letting you feel what he/she is doing as they teach it to you.

Good luck!