Saturday, October 28, 2017

In today’s day and age, we get a lot of our information from the internet. As a matter of the fact, and unfortunately so, the word “Google” has become synonymous with “research”. So with information so readily available with nothing more than access to the internet it is a viable question as to whether or not a mixed martial arts gym is even necessary anymore…after all, even the famed Gracie family has an online academy.

Shane Fazen from FighTIPS asks this very question and brings up quite a few points that are valid and worth our attention. For starters, I’ll go ahead and agree that there is a lot of very good information and some very informative videos out there that can really increase your knowledge on the subject of mixed martial arts, however; there is also a lot of very bad information out there as anyone with an internet connection and a video camera can upload anything they want.

The key, in my opinion, is to be very selective as to what you are watching and take that information with a grain of salt as we don’t always know the motives behind the publication of information. Also, at the end of the day, nothing beats training with an instructor who can give you information and coaching advice at the moment,

Can you learn MMA by watching YouTube videos?
Can you learn MMA by watching YouTube videos?

Again, nothing can compare to going to an actual gym with certified instructors and people to work with, however; I realize this is not always an option. For example, I live in Dalhart, Texas (simply Google “middle of f-ing nowhere, TX and it should be the first hit), there is not a jiu-jitsu or mixed martial arts gym within 40 miles of me and to get to a Jiu-Jitsu gym with a legit black belt I have to drive 86 miles to Amarillo.

The video below will take an in-depth look at the question posed at the beginning of this article and my words of wisdom would be that videos and online articles can be a great SUPPLEMENT to your training but nothing beats live certified instruction.

Jacob C. Stevens is a lifelong athlete and cerebral martial arts enthusiast who is also skilled in the art of linguistic manipulation, his published work, Afterthoughts and Handgrenades, can be found here

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