There are so many online BJJ subscription services these days, a BJJ student can easily be overwhelmed with choices.
Many top instructors have jumped into the online jiu jitsu training space, and it can be difficult to discern the differences between sites. This guide is meant to help those grapplers struggling to make sense of the myriad of online BJJ training resources. With the right choice, learning BJJ online has never been easier.
Quick summary of the best online BJJ resources:
With that summary, let’s get to the individual subscription services.
Henry Akins is a Rickson Gracie BJJ black belt. He runs the site hiddenjiujitsu.com, which offers two flag ship programs his “Mind Blown Jiu Jitsu Club” monthly subscription service and his “White to Blue” course.
Akins is known for his understanding of conceptual “hidden” movements and adjustments that can take years to understand if left to learn them yourself. These movements are things that you can’t discern from a simple technique video – weight distribution, hip angle, and so on.
Henry offers interactive support beyond just the tutorials. These include an active Facebook Group, Monthly Seminar Q & As and A Montly Live Q & A. I like that you able to get up close to the man, not just his videos.
Scrolling through the testimonials, it becomes abundantly clear that Akins possesses a deep knowledge of jiu jitsu. I searched for appraisals of Akins and everywhere I went, I found more glowing reviews. His assertion to “blow your mind” is a legit claim.
The material will be beneficial mostly for traditional positions – closed guard, side control, and mount.
From the outside, Hidden Jiu Jitsu is not the best-looking website.
The focus on “old school” jiu jitsu makes sense considering his lineage, and is excellent for several reasons. A modern competitor may want a different approach, however.
You can get a yearly subscription for $39 a month, or an annual fee of $329. This allows access to a new module each month. Akins also offers a money-back guarantee.
Hidden Jiu Jitsu also has modules available for stand-alone purchase. Each module has a different price and the price seems to reflect the amount of video content. I saw prices ranging from $29 to $192.
Akins depth of understanding is vouched for by almost anyone who interacts with him. No doubt you will learn some things from him that will last a lifetime. His specialty is a bit more slanted to the traditional side. If you think you could improve your traditional positions, and can look past the unpleasant site design, then you should consider the “Mind Blown” Club.
Keenan is highly cerebral and has a novel approach on jiu jitsu, and you can certainly benefit from this. The site is organized logically, with major positions broken down into subsets.
Keenan Online also has courses specifically geared toward white, blue, and purple belts. The white belt course is described as a “survival” course to help new white belts adjust to the rigors of BJJ. The blue belt course will allow blues to expand their game to all major guards and start using some advanced concepts. The purple belt course gets into more sophisticated detail on each position.
While Keenan is the best source in the world for learning lapel guard and its variations, he may not always give as much depth on other subjects. I also would recommend Keenan Online to higher belts, as the best content appears to be geared toward experienced grapplers.
There are two pricing options – $24.99 per month or $239.99 for a year ($19.99 a month).
This is arguably one of the best channels out there to date. If you are interested in any variation of lapel guards, or are a Keenan fan in general, you should consider Keenan Online.
Caio Terra is a 12-time world champion and is perhaps one of the most technical jiu jitsu athletes in the world. Because he is small in stature, he is often the smallest in the gym. Besides success in his own rooster weight class (127 lb), Terra also is known for competing in the absolute division and doing extremely well.
Caio started early in the digital BJJ library service, and his amount of content reflects that – with over 1700 videos! He has recently re-launched is site and is committed more than ever to producing content.
Caio has a very technical style and his instruction is excellent, as he adds tons of detail to help you perfect each technique.
New content is frequently added, sometimes based on input from members. Caio also brings in other instructors such as Samir Chantre or Yuri Simoes to provide their unique perspectives.
Additionally, Caio gives live seminars through his online service and provides narrated rolling sessions, slowing down the video in certain spots.
With so much content, it can be daunting to determine where to start. To aid with this however, there are lesson plans that link videos together on specific subjects.
Caio Terra Online offers three tiers of payment:
Caio Terra Online contains a massive database of technical jiu jitsu from Caio and others. If you are a smaller competitor, or you just like Caio’s style, his site can boost your game.
Gold BJJ Online is another new site offering an online subscription for instructional videos. Gold BJJ is trying the “Netflix” approach, with a low price point and variety of content. This is perhaps the best value for money option in the BJJ instruction space.
Gold has instruction from Dean Lister, Rory Van Vleet and other high level instructors. The site says it has a systemic approach and breaks down the instruction into digestible chunks. You also get a 10% discount on Gold BJJ gear.
The site is newer and might not have as much content as other sites that have been around for a while. Gold will be adding more as time progresses.
At $9.95 a month, Gold is one of the lowest prices in online subscriptions.
With its systematic approach, lower pricing and unique content, Gold BJJ Online is an interesting option for experienced grapplers looking to add more to their game without spending a ton.
Gracie University is led by Rener and Rorian Gracie, who are both grandsons of Helio Gracie – one of the founders of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The main goal of the site is to spread Jiu Jitsu to newcomers and help hobbyists start their own “garage gym”.
Gracie University features extremely structured material for people beginning their jiu jitsu journey, and has areas catered specifically toward women, children, and law enforcement personnel.
The site is built to be interactive and can be used by people who don’t have a formal jiu jitsu instructor or academy. You can even submit footage that can be graded by an instructor.
The main focus of Gracie University is self defense, so if you are looking for upping your competition game, this is probably not the site for you. It also can be more expensive than alternatives, depending on what you sign up for.
The courses can be purchased in a stand alone fashion (for example, the Gracie Combatives curriculum is $144), or there are monthly subscriptions. Most are $20 per month per subject, or you can get all of them for $45 per month..
If you are new to Jiu Jitsu, or are in an area that doesn’t have an established academy, Gracie University could be a good way to start your journey.
The service provides over 170 Master the System videos, each over an hour in length. There are places for Q&A related to each video, and many different instructors are featured. The price is much lower than other services.
The site could use an update – it’s a bit clunky to navigate and not optimized for mobile devices. It might not be clear on which progression of videos you should proceed with.
(Note: If you are not familiar with 10th Planet, they do not practice with the gi – this could be a con as well.)
The price is only $4.99 a month!
If you like 10th Planet or nogi grappling in general, the 10th Planet online service might be for you. It’s not the slickest website, but you really can’t beat this price.
Roger Gracie TV gives you access to instruction to Roger Gracie, one of the greatest BJJ practitioners ever.
Lots of instruction (over 800 videos) from Roger Gracie and other experienced instructors. The videos are organized well by position. There are also a ton of self-defense oriented videos instructed by Mauricio Gomes, who is a coral belt legend of BJJ.
Since Roger has a very traditional style, newer BJJ competitors might not benefit as much.
The cost is $19.99 per month or $192 for a year.
Roger Gracie is one of the greatest Jiu-Jitsu fighters of all time, and his video library lets you access his techniques. If you need to sharpen your self-defense or improve your mount, this subscription could help.
Cobrinha Online is led by Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles, another massively successful BJJ competitor with 13 world championships to his name. He is known for an outstanding overall game – but in particular, a spectacular guard.
Cobrinha Online contains tons of instruction from Cobrinha, organized by position. The videos are high quality and informative.
Besides BJJ from Cobrinha’s point of view, the site does not necessarily stand out amongst the services.
The cost is $25 per month or $250 for a year.
Like many online subscriptions, Cobrinha Online boils down to a personal preference for the instructor. If you like Cobrinha’s style, this service could be the one to elevate your game.
BJJ Library is run by the Ribeiro brothers – Xande and Saulo. Both are legends of the art and famous instructors. BJJ Library was one of the first online technique libraries and the amount of content reflects that.
BJJ Library is one of the most established online services. There is so much content (over 3000 hours), you will likely never get through it all.
Dozens of different world-class instructors have added their own material. It’s almost like a collection of DVD instructionals from over 30 different instructors. Each “set” is separated for easy categorization. There is a white belt university module for newer grapplers. They also have an extensive module based on JiuJitsu University, Saulo’s seminal instructional book.
If I have to pick one gripe, it’s the size. Since the site is so massive, finding specific techniques or counters could be difficult. Still, the site offers a search and filter system so this might not be a large problem.
A subscription will cost you $24.99 per month, or $249.99 per year.
BJJ Library is a massive archive of technique series given by many high level BJJ instructors. There is bound to be something in this collection that will help your game.
Andre Galvao leads the Atos team, one of the top academies in the world. Their online academy offers you access to their instruction.
The library includes techniques, drills, seminars, narrated rolling sessions, a “pro tip” section for mindset, and even a white belt section. There are over 200 videos in Portugese and a section focusing on women’s BJJ.
Techniques are organized well, and are often taught from multiple instructors, offering different perspectives. The site has a nice look and feel to it.
Atos houses many current top level competitors, so you will be getting a good resource on modern competition jiu-jitsu from some of the best in the game today.
$24.95 per month, 199.95 every nine months, or $249.95 for a year.
Many practitioners could benefit from an Atos Online subscription, especially competition minded grapplers.
Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhães runs the Draculino BJJ Training site. Draculino is one of the most accomplished BJJ coaches around – having taught since 1996, he has awarded over 100 black belts. Many, many legendary figures in BJJ will vouch for Draculino’s instruction.
Like most online services, Draculino’s site has techniques broken down by position logically. There are not just a bunch of techniques though – there are specific progressions and even a curriculum for instructors.
The site looks like it might need some support. I got a few errors while browsing around.
The cost is $25 per month, or $40 per month if you want access to structured curriculum. A year’s subscription is 10 times the monthly cost.
It’s a bit dated but the Draculino Online site does offer instruction from one of the best coaches in BJJ. This site could help a grappler to improve, or a coach looking to develop a curriculum.
BJJ Concepts is run by Rob Biernacki, whom you might know from Stephan Kesting videos and instructionals. He is the head coach of Island Top Team in Canada.
Biernacki has a fresh approach to learning BJJ, which is highly conceptual in nature. His goal is to offer a new, holistic way to study BJJ from learning to application. Rather than just a list of techniques, he focuses on the underlying principles to help grapplers understand why a technique works.
The curriculum is very structured and builds upon itself, starting with core concepts, then 101 and 201 courses.
Additionally, there are whole sections made specifically for instructors. These sections include lesson plans, program development, building a competition team, and more.
Rob Biernacki has a very different instructing style, and some may be put off by that.
The pricing is broken down in 4 ways:
Led by Rob Biernacki, BJJ Concepts is a systematic and highly structured approach to BJJ. If you like the conceptual methods of Biernacki, you may really like his BJJ Concepts site. Instructors could potentially benefit from the sections aimed at them.
Use coupon code “motivation” for a 10 % discount on the BJJ Concepts course.
Nic Gregoriades is another renowned BJJ coach who is recognized for his conceptual teaching style. He is also known for the Jiu Jitsu Brotherhood podcast and website.
Gregoriades favors a systematic and holistic approach to Jiu-Jitsu. The Master Academy reflects this style but doesn’t go into as much conceptual depth as BJJ Concepts, which could be a great balance for some students.
The site also contains seminars which focus on concepts, rolling analysis, and “Meet the Masters” where he brings in other high level instructors to share their knowledge.
The Master Academy also has some unique features, like podcasts, and live Q&A. One final potential advantage is the lifetime membership option.
Though the site is a few years old, the amount of content does not compare to the more established websites. The organization of the videos is not necessarily like other sites with positions broken down into smaller videos.
The Master Academy has 3 pricing options:
With its conceptual teaching and some unique perks, The Master Academy could be a great resource for the practitioner who is a fan of Nic Gregoriades. The lifetime membership is a unique option for long-term minded grapplers.
Gallerr is the gateway to the Renzo Gracie Online Academy. The world famous gym has joined the ranks of online services and has put together a nice collection of content.
Renzo Gracie Academy is a hub for many famous BJJ practitioners so there is content given by a large variety of experienced instructors. Notably,
The content looks to be a collection of instructional sets by Renzo and other instructors. The video quality is very good. There are videos in Portuguese as well, which is a nice touch.
The video library is not as large as other established sites. It is not a database of short videos searchable by position – it’s more like a compilation of video sets. The site language could use some quality control (though the videos themselves are of high quality).
$14.99 per month or $112.49 for a year. The modules can also be purchased separately for one-time fees.
The Renzo Gracie Online Academy is a collection of instructional videos by Renzo Gracie and other famous instructors. It’s newer and not as large as some programs, but the quality of video is very good and the price is a bit lower.
MG in Action is led from the famous Marcelo Garcia Academy in New York. Considered as one of the best grapplers in history, Garcia is also a great instructor. The MG in Action site contains a huge amount of instruction from Marcelo Garcia.
As a pioneer in online services, the MG in Action site has been around for a long time. The amount of content is incredible, with thousands of videos in the database.
Techniques are taught and then linked to other videos in the library with the same technique so that you can see it in live rolling sessions, drilled, or taught with a different emphasis.
With this large database in mind, the site has added some tools to help grapplers who may feel flooded with content. There is even a suggestion algorithm that selects potential videos for you to study next.
Even with all of the tools for a person to search and save videos, the site could overwhelm someone.
$25 a month, $250 for a year, or a deluxe membership for $450. The Deluxe Membership includes a special Marcelo Garcia gi and a week’s pass of training at MG Academy in New York.
MG in Action is one of the most established and experienced online services. It contains excellent instruction and has some innovative features to help find content. If you like Marcelo’s style this could be the service for you.
Digitsu is perhaps the most well known provider of downloadable BJJ instructional on the market. They literally offer 100s of videos that you can access instantly. Over the years, they have acquired rights to smaller libraries which resulted in quite a nice library of material.
With such a wide variety of material you will find every aspect of your BJJ game covered. The “Digistu on Demand” library system is really great because you can download video for offline viewing. This feature is not available in many other services. There is even a free preview section so you can test the platform before you buy.
Digitsu’s collection is second to known. They feature top notch talen such as Dave Camarillo, Oliver Geddes, and Lucas Lepri just to name a few.
It’s hard to think of any, but perhaps the pricing on some items can be high. However, Digitsu is usually always offering a sale so its hard to complain. The site can be a bit hard to navigate since you cannot sort by price other categories.
Pricing for each on demand product differs. Sometimes they are as inexpensive as $19 to as high as $75+.
Digitsu offers a great selection of products from world class talent. While there is no monthly subscription, the product and production quality of these instructional is extremely high.
Techniqly is one of the newest entrants to the BJJ instruction space but its worth a mention. The site’s claim is to bring together the best in BJJ instruction at an affordable price and at the highest levels of production. The site has, at the moment, an emphasis on European and worldwide instructions, as opposed to Brazilian and U.S. emphasis of other services.
The production value is high. The site works well on mobile. The audio is clear. Everything you could want in a modern instructional.
The collection is extremely limited right now, but the offerings they do have are very strong.
Presently each module is set at £29.99 ($38.59 USD)
It will be interesting to see how Techniqly builds out its library over the next few years. It looks to be on a great path.
BJJ Fanatics is the 900 pound gorilla of BJJ instructionals. They literally have a BJJ DVD on every technique.
The content is unrivaled. You can find just about anything under the sun within their library. With instructors like John Danaher, Bernardo Faria, Tom DeBlass, and Gordon Ryan, BJJ Fanatics has some of the biggest names in the BJJ scene today. You will truly “learn from the best.”
The prices tend to be higher, but there are numerous daily deals that make their products affordable if you are patient. Unfortunately, their is no current subscription services.
Pricing varies by title. The lowest titles are usual around $47 with larger sets running into a few hundred dollars. If you are price conscience, just wait for a “daily deal.”
BJJ Fanatics has what you are looking for… End of story.
What has your experience been with online BJJ instruction? Did we miss your favorite BJJ subscription in our review? Let us know in the comments!