Hanging out at the local Barnes & Noble this weekend, perusing through their magazine rack, I came across something interesting. Jiu-Jitsu Magazine! What’s this? Something new to the world of Jiu-Jitsu that has yet to be discovered?? Do my eye’s deceive me? It can’t be! No one would dare to move in on Gracie Magazine’s market! This must be a plot to lure me into to a devious trap that will ultimately lead to my untimely demise!
As I cautiously removed the magazine from its place between the Black Belt and UFC magazines, even more surprise came across my face. Eddie Bravo graced the cover (as best as Eddie Bravo can grace anything), with features from Reylan Gracie and Andre Galvao – two all-stars in their own rights. Flipping the cover open I found the pages were thick, glossy, and filled with color! This is not a cheaply produced money whore of advertising that has so many times come before, but a thoroughly planned and carefully crafted piece of art! The sweat and tears of editor Mike V. exude from the seams. You can tell he has poured himself into it.
Reading the index I found features that spoke to the amateur practitioner in me. Information on how to be prepared for your first tournament, Gi care instructions, stretching exercises, injury prevention and care, and most importantly, lots and LOTS of techniques! In this modern age of digital media you would think that the place for print has gone and left us. However, I think it provides a nice medium between lessons on video and practice on the mat. Two prime examples are Eddie Bravo and the Gracie Academy.
Eddie Bravo goes over a few guard techniques in the magazine (which are GREAT, by the way) and Reylan Gracie reviews some back mount techniques (also, very great). Each have their own websites which provide techniques specific to their style. You can log into their sites and, for a price, find and watch these very same lessons direct from the source! Put the print with the media and you now have a very precise set of techniques that you have ingested both visually through video and cognitively through reading. I’m sure I could cite some learning journal in the scientific community that says this is a good thing. It might even have some numbers and percentages.
What makes it better? How about the QR code that I just scanned with my iPhone that takes me to Jiu-Jitsu Magazine’s YouTube page where I can watch the video of the techniques from the printed article!! Triple whammy! Now I’ve got video from the source, printed media, and video from a different perspective.
Jiu-Jitsu Magazine also attacks the parts of the Jiu-Jitsu puzzle that are often overlooked. Such as strength and conditioning, for example. The amateur in me would just show up to the dojo, stretch a little, roll for an hour, and then bounce. Don’t judge me! You’ve all done it too! What you don’t realize (until your first tournament, anyway) is that cutting unnecessary body fat and adding strength and cardio are all parts of the game that need to be focused on. Want to be good? Practice. Want to be great? Shed fat, get lean, grow muscle, AND practice. This magazine covered how to do that! Incredible!
It’s nice to see this up and coming Jiu-Jitsu only focused magazine on the shelves. It’s a good sign for our sport. It’s a good sign for our economy. We don’t always get what we want but sometimes we find something we need. For a few $buck$ you can fill that brain-housing cranium of yours with some quality knowledge to help build that ever-expanding ground game. Get your copy TODAY!