Can you really learn Jiu Jitsu online? It’s a controversial topic. In my opinion: no, not exclusively. That said, watching videos online is an excellent supplement to your training at an academy.
These days, most elite BJJ athletes like Gordon Ryan and Keenan Cornelius have made at least some sort of instructional content. As fans and students of the sport, we’re incredibly lucky to be able to learn from the best of the best.
My Top Choices for Online BJJ Training in 2020
There are many Jiu Jitsu instructional websites out there to choose from, and I’ve done my best to go through them all and pick out the best options for you. I’ll start with my top 3 by category, and then jump into a full detailed list.
#1: Keenan Online
Keenan Online is the brainchild of elite Jiu Jitsu athlete Keenan Cornelius. Keenan has his own academy (Legion) that he uses as his “BJJ laboratory” for coming up with new techniques. He is a pioneer in the sport and well known for his take on grappling which he calls American Jiu Jitsu, or AJJ.
- The videos are easy to watch on desktop, tablet, and mobile
- Super high def 4K content
- Over 40 structured courses
- Incredibly detailed, actionable instruction
- The monthly plan does not get you access to 100% of the content (Proto guard is only available on the annual plan right now)
Pricing: $24.99 monthly or $239.99 annually.
The biggest strength of Keenan Online for me is the belt-specific programs. Instead of watching random videos out of or order, Keenan has cleanly organized them into courses for White Belts, Blue Belts, and Purple Belts. No matter what level you’re at, there is something in Keenan’s library for you.
#2: BJJ Fanatics
Best Single Courses
If you’ve been following the Jiu Jitsu world at all, you’ve certainly seen athletes promoting their BJJ Fanatics instructional videos. BJJ Fanatics is one of the most established training sites, with instructional content from huge names in the sport including:
- Gordon Ryan
- John Danaher
- Marcelo Garcia
- Marcus “Buchecha” Almedia
- Andre Galvao
- Craig Jones
and the list goes on. The amount of content in their library is really astounding. It pains me to keep the above list of athletes short and leave off names like Rafael Lovato, Garry Tonon, Lucas Lepri, Mikey Musmeci, and more…. but you get the point.
- Insane amount of content from the biggest names in the sport. If you have a Jiu Jitsu athlete you want to learn from, chances are they’ve made an instructional for BJJ Fanatics
- Don’t have to pay for anything you aren’t interested in
- No subscription
- No membership option, you must purchase each course individually (which can get pricey)
Pricing: varies by course ($47 to $97 for most of their courses).
Over one million grapplers have used the videos from BJJ Fanatics to improve their game. The founder is Bernardo Faria (5 times world champion at Black Belt) and they are one of the most trusted names in Jiu Jitsu.
If you’re looking for a site where you can pick and choose the exact content you want to watch, BJJ Fanatics is the best option.
#3: Gold BJJ Online
- Unique gear discount (members save 10% on everything at their store)
- Very intuitive, easy to use learning platform
- Excellent value
- Somewhat limited content compared to other BJJ training sites
Pricing: $9.95 monthly (includes 10% savings on all gear)
One of the biggest draws to Gold BJJ’s online platform is Dean Lister. BJJ black belt and UFC legend Dean Lister has produced several videos for them, including a really in depth one on leg locks. I really enjoyed this course because it was applicable to both gi and no-gi grappling and is also useful for MMA.
Another interesting part of Gold BJJ Online is that all members save 10% on their gear. Since there is no contract (you can cancel any time) and it only costs $9.95/month, you are actually saving money if you sign up before you buy one of their gis. Overall I think this Jiu Jitsu training site is the best budget option.
Other Training Sites to Consider
While the sites listed above are my top choices, there are a ton of BJJ training sites and every one offers something different. The beautiful thing about Jiu Jitsu is you can truly learn something new from every instructor. Here are some other sites worth taking a look at…
#4: MG In Action
MG in Action is Marcelo Garcia’s long established training platform.
The best part about MG in Action is the way it allows you to filter through the videos. Some of these other sites really struggle as their library gets huge, but MG in Action excels here. They have an absurd number of videos but they are all tagged in a very intuitive way.
For example, if you want to see standing submissions from the front headlock position, you can drill down into this subcategory.
You can even further narrow the content by filtering by gi/no-gi, belt level, and weight class.
There is no other site that organizes their content in such an intuitive manner. If you’re a 145lb blue belt that wants to work on side control, you can find videos specifically showing this position from your body type and skill level.
- Operated by World Champ / ADCC Champ Marcel Garcia
- More theory based videos than any other site I’ve seen
- Format designed by Josh Waitzkin (BJJ black belt, expert in memory and learning)
- Super detailed filters
- I wish they had more cohesive tracks that led you toward a specific objective (rather than just amazing individual clips)
Pricing: $25/month, $250/year, or $450/year with a gi and 1 week pass at MG’s NYC Academy
Marcelo Garcia’s online platform is a great choice if you are a self starter and know what parts of your game you want to work on.
#5: Atos Online
Atos Online is the digital training offering from Andre Galvao’s famous Atos Academy in San Diego. Andre is one of the most decorated competitors in the sport. As he’s transitioned away from competition, a big part of his focus has been building the video library at Atos Online.
There is a HUGE amount of content in the Atos Online library. Right now there are 1,517 videos from Professor Galvao alone.
- Where else can you learn from a legend like Galvao
- Easily filter by instructor to find content from specific athletes
- More drilling content than any other training website I’ve seen
- Excellent stand-up and wrestling instructionals
- The amount of content and layout is overwhelming
Pricing: $24.95/month or $249.95/year
Atos Online offers a wide variety of both Gi and No-Gi content, which is organized in sections by skill level. If you’re a beginner, you’ll enjoy all of the drilling content they provide. And if you’re a competitor, of course you are going to learn a ton from the Atos team that is consistently at the top of the podiums.
Their website is priced similarly to Keenan Online, and offers an equally vast amount of content. My only complaint is that it could be organized better. While there is a search bar, the 5 categories they have over 3,000 videos in can make it tough to know where to begin.
#6: Hidden Jiu Jitsu
Hidden Jiu Jitsu is a website ran by Henry Akins, who received his black belt from Jiu Jitsu pioneer Rickson Gracie. Rick Gracie does not give out black belts easily, and anyone who has earned one from him is going to be an extremely legit martial artist.
- Henry Akins earned his black belt from Rickson Gracie, an absolute legend in the sport
- Takes a fundamentally sound approach to Jiu Jitsu with heavy pressure and emphasis of staying on top
- A la carte pricing, where you can choose which content you’d like to purchase
- Lots of free content is provided before you sign up
- The site feels a little heavy on the marketing to me. Honestly I am impressed with any Rickson Gracie black belt, and I don’t need a long sales page or welcome e-mail series to get me warmed up about the product
Pricing: varies by course
If you want to learn some of the techniques that Rickson Gracie used incredibly effectively in both Jiu Jitsu and MMA, Hidden Jiu Jitsu is a good option to check out. There isn’t that much training content from Rickson himself (as opposed to the new guard of BJJ), so learning from one of his black belts is a rare opportunity.
#7: Caio Terra Online
Caio Terra Online Jiu Jitsu Academy is ran by twelve time world champion BJJ athlete Caio Terra. My favorite part about this site is how invested in it Caio is. You can really tell that he is putting his all into this project, and that he truly wants you to improve your Jiu Jitsu.
While he had an incredibly successful run on the BJJ tournament circuit, Caio has definitely found his calling in teaching Jiu Jitsu. Running an online training site allows him to reach many more athletes than he could by teaching seminars on the road.
- Over 1700 videos covering a huge variety of techniques
- Mobile friendly website that streams well on any device
- Very high definition, well-produced content
- Active community of members
- Heavily based around Caio’s BJJ style, while other sites have multiple athletes to learn from
Pricing: $25/month or $250/year
Caio Terra’s training site is one of the most established in the industry, and it shows. The website has a very polished feel and a respectable library of content.
Final Thoughts on Online BJJ Training
Remember, these sites are a great tool to use in addition to your training at the academy. You’re simply not going to get better at Jiu Jitsu if you’re not rolling and sparring with training partners.
I hope you enjoyed reading my breakdown of these BJJ training sites. Do you like one that I didn’t cover? Let me know in the comments!