There's nothing like some good ol' motivational videos to get you fired up to do something great with your life, whatever it may be. While jiu jitsu itself has no shortage of intrinsic motivation, there are still those moments you might need some inspiring words, paired with dramatic music and exciting visuals, to get you off your tush and out on the mat.
So rather than spend hours of your precious mat time on YouTube looking for the perfect video to do just that... we've done it for you! Check out our top picks:
This is the first video that came to mind when I decided to do this blog. One of the videos that put renowned jiu jitsu filmmaker Stuart Cooper on the map, the ADCC 2011 Highlight still gives me goosebumps every time I watch it. Featuring the some of jiu jitsu's most legendary fighters of all time, and paired with the powerful tunes of The Jezabel's "A Little Piece", Cooper's highlight perfectly captures the the incredible visuals and raw emotions of one of the most prestigious grappling tournaments in the world, the ADCC Championships.
Not only has FloGrappling taken media coverage of sport jiu jitsu to an entirely new level, but their exclusive front row seat and large professional team of videographers, editors and graphic designers has enabled them to capture some of the most powerful and exciting visuals of the sport's greatest jiu jitsu event - the IBJJF World Championships - and harness them into what I think is best jiu jitsu highlight video ever produced. Even someone who has never stepped foot on the mat - who doesn't even know what jiu jitsu is - would be hard pressed to resist the urge to compete after watching this.
Another Stuart Cooper gem (there are a lot), this one speaks to the heart of every jiu jitsu practitioner out there, competitor or not. Featuring dialogue from some of the most iconic personas in the jiu jitsu community - Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu, Andre Galvao, Dean Lister, Rafael Lovato, Jr., Joe Rogan - this video speaks to the power of jiu jitsu: it's not just a hobby, it's a life-changing force in one's life and a never-ending journey.
It's easy to see why this video, uploaded by Checkmat black belt Marcio Reis, has over 2.2 million views. Set to Awolnation's "Sail" (probably one of the most-used songs for sports highlight videos of any kind), this video highlights all those gritty, behind-the-scenes moments of endless, exhaustive drilling and training that goes into the making of a jiu jitsu champion.
Of course, there is a ton of awesome jiu jitsu related motivational and highlight videos out there, so don't be surprised if you suddenly find yourself hours-deep into YouTube...
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