One of the longest running jokes in the BJJ community is that of some newbie showing off a jiu jitsu technique that he/she "saw on YouTube"... something that looked really cool online, but once exposed to ruthless truth of the jiu jitsu mat proved to be as full of holes as a piece of Swiss cheese.
Nevertheless, YouTube is in an invaluable resource to a jiu jitsu practitioner's study regime, and there are a ton of good, and very valid, channels out there. The question is: which ones are the good ones? Well... we've compiled a list of our top 10 favorites (in no particular order):
FloGrappling (30K+ subscribers, 240+ videos)
While the bulk of FloGrappling's content is locked up in their own website's subscription service, they still offer more than 240 videos - and counting - for free, on their YouTube channel. Because FloGrappling focuses on the sport jiu jitsu industry, the value in these videos for BJJ study is in the real-life application of techniques in the competitive arena.
BudoVideos (83K+ subscribers, 810+ videos)
Before there was FloGrappling, BudoVideos was pretty much the main provider of jiu jitsu video content in the industry. Co-founded by Jacob "Budo Jake" McKee, a BJJ black belt and 3rd degree aikido black belt, BudoVidoes has over 800 videos on YouTube. With instructional videos, interviews, and podcasts featuring all of the jiu jitsu scene's greatest names, it's definitely a channel worth following.
IBJJF (66K+ subscribers, 1,570+ videos)
Especially if you're a competitor, or just a competitive jiu jitsu fan, there's no better place to access - free of charge anyway - the sport's greatest IBJJF black belt matches than the federation's own channel. They've even organized their videos into playlists by event, making it easier to find that match everybody was talking about in the locker room last night.
BJJ Scout (59K+ subscribers, 95+ videos)
Are you the ultimate jiu jitsu nerd? Fascinated about the step-by-step breakdown of certain techniques - particularly in the sport jiu jitsu community - and why they work? Nobody does it better than BJJ Scout. Recently, BJJ Scout has transitioned from the use of text and arrows to illustrate details, to including a stilted automated voice dub, but the information is still top-notch.
Gracie Breakdown (355K+ subscribers, 200+ videos)
Hosted by Ryron and Rener Gracie, Gracie Breakdown is another channel that offers technical breakdowns, and initially gained notoriety by breaking down jiu jitsu moves employed in in UFC bouts. In recent years, this channel has expanded into including BJJ lifestyle and tip videos, as well as highlighting the application of jiu jitsu in real-life situations.
Chewjitsu (62K+ subscribers, 450+ videos)
Run by Nick Albin, a Renato Tavares black belt, Chewjitsu is chock-full of jiu jitsu and grappling instructional videos, as well as training and competing tips and thought-provoking - and entertaining - philosophy, such as "What is a 'Dick Move' in BJJ."
Keenan Online (62K+ subscribers, 200+ videos)
From the mind of one of the jiu jitsu community's most intellectual - and dryly humorous - practitioners, Atos black belt Keenan Cornelius, Keenan Online offers a plethora of instructional videos, breakdowns, match highlights, and... some other stuff that can only have come from the mind of Cornelius.
Jason Scully (107K+ subscribers, 150+ videos)
Black belt Jason Scully was one of the first jiu jitsu practitioners to jump on the online instructional bandwagon, with his website The Grapplers Guide. Our favorite part of his YouTube channel is his collection of "Short But Sweet" series of instructionals, featuring a ton of submissions, defenses, drills, etc. in short, 4-8 minute videos.
Stephan Kesting (243K+ subscribers, 490+ videos)
Like, Scully, BJJ black belt and combat submission wrestling coach Stephan Kesting has also been at the instructional game a very long time, with his own website Grapplearts, in addition to his YouTube channel. And with an astounding 243K subscribers, it's obvious he delivers.
Stuart Cooper Films (58K+ subscribers, 210+ videos)
There can't be a discussion about jiu jitsu videos without talking about BJJ black belt and documentary filmmaker Stuart Cooper. Renowned for his exceptionally produced highlight videos and deeply personal biographical documentaries on some of the sport's most iconic athletes, Cooper is a legend in the BJJ community.
Enter the Dojo Show (302K+ subscribers, 240+ videos)
For the more serious practitioners, we present the crowning jewel to your jiu jitsu study: Enter the Dojo Show. While it doesn't focus entirely on Brazilian jiu jitsu, it contains invaluable tips and techniques for any martial artist. Check out their BJJ-related videos here.
Happy studying! Oss.