I am a happy camper since I got to return to training last night and today, received several DVDs that I had been expecting for some time. Now I'm sure I may be a part of the dwindling community of people that buy DVDs or CDs as apposed to downloading them but just can't help myself. So with my healthy collection of tournament footage and instructionals I hope to build a decent library for the academy, hehe. Without getting into the details we're heading into the home-stretch for the new academy.

Exciting stuff happening elsewhere with MMA Phuket and the Philippines' Dominacao Absoluta tournament. I've posted info on these already but am hoping to get more videos, pics and recap on the tournament. Not to forget that there was the Mike Fowler seminar on leglocks. So I will be posting those soon.



Anonymous said...

I like to buy my BJJ DVD's too - it's not like a million are sold through retail channels and piracy is minor is comparison. Instructors put a lot of effort into making them and deserve to see a return on them.

Anonymous said...

Anon. again.

No one ever returned the academy's "loaner" DVD's so the Academy discontinued the program.

I ran into the same experience with some friends I loaned DVD's to - they weren't diligent about returning them and I had to nag them and be patient. I'm willing to do that (patient/nag) with my kids, but with team mates it gets old.

As much as I love my team mates, with the exception of their BJJ training, they don't always have their sh*t together. (Of course work friends can be equally un-diligent about returning, say, Dexter DVD's.)

So if you are going to have a "loaner" program, I'd recommend the following:

1. Archive your originals where they will remain, scratch free. Burn one or two copies - maybe two max - and loan them out instead.

2. Make a rule that the borrowers can't check anything else out until they return the last set.

3. Rule #2 quickly weeds out those who don't return at all, and their borrowing privileges end quickly with no loss other than one burned DVD copy.

In other words follow the Netflix model.

On another note, I don't understand why academies don't have a "DVD night."

For example, students would be invited to bring their favorite DVD moves to a class where the class would figure out the move and drill it. They would have to bring in the DVD, the technique would get splashed on the screen, the class would try it. Hopefully the instructor would have seen the clip ahead of time so he would have time to analyze it and practice it. The instructor could also comment - for example "you can't just learn a little x-guard - to make it work you've got to learn it from all entries and positions - if you want to try this particular entry, ok, but just realize that x-guard IS the sum of its parts, and not one position."

But I think it would be important for the class, as a group, to try to puzzle out the move, because part of the goal would be to teach the students how to learn, on their own, from DVD's. After all, part of the learning process in most environments is based on interactivity - the student tries to figure something out on their own under the watchful eye of the instructor, and the instructor is as much there to coach the student into learning how to learn, as to just lay something out for them to simply mimic.

I also wonder why students aren't doing this on their own, on open mat nights. You know, bringing in a player and working on a specific move. I know students will do this privately, but without the DVD AND the training partner in the same room at the same time, it's hard to remember.

Yeah, some students do this on their own, with each other, but why not legitimize it and make it part of the learning experience? So students don't feel cheated (doesn't the instructor know what they are doing, or have something better), maybe this should happen on a bonus, fun night.

I don't think academies or the students are getting nearly the mileage out of the great instructional materials out there, that they should. It's almost as though most instructors either (i) don't want to admit that there are other sources of instruction and ways to learn or (ii) worry about eroding "team spirit" if students start "shopping" for better moves, instead of focusing on the move the instructor usually likes to teach.

LUKE said...

Hey Anonymous,

I think you have some nice ideas there regarding the DVD-night. I agree that most of us review and research privately with instructionals. In some way I'm sure people are hoping to catch their buddies with a new move since teammates know each other's games so well. Even so, it's a definite thing to approach the team with, especially when there isn't a higher belt instructor to oversee training.

As for the DVDs, my idea is to put a deposit of money that when the DVD is returned, the money is given back or kept if the student wants to rent another disc. At least this way if they never return the DVD, you've covered the cost of a burnt disc. I've tranferred a lot of my discs to quicktimes but yeah, you lose the menu option.