It’s time for me to step out of my comfort zone and start posting videos of my classes. I’m testing out the format I’m thinking of using, and I’d like to get feedback from as many students and experts as possible. I’m not as interested in a critique of my class as much as a critique of the style and format of the video. I want positive, negative — everything — no matter how big or small. If the feedback is positive for the format, I’ll continue to post my classes here on Simple BJJ in this evolving format. Then the white to black belts can pile on with critiquing my class and technique.
I’ll be improving audio and video as I have time to make modifications to my setup; I know the background noise and activity is a little distracting, so pretend it’s not there. The direction will also be flipped towards the wall instead of out towards the rest of the academy. A camera mount and unidirectional mike should handle those particular production warts that are bugging me.
This is part of my journey to black belt. I want to be a great instructor, as well as maybe give seminars someday. To do that, I need to hone my instruction and communications skills just as I improve my mat skills. I don’t practice BJJ exclusively against untrained or compliant opponents, performing kata in the air. I test myself and put myself in situations where I must use good technique to survive the pressure. With this video effort, I start trying to survive with the video sharks.