If a tree falls in the forest and you happen to be right there to hear it, it still doesn’t make a sound, unless you get the whole thing on video. In our social networking society, it’s both sad and beautiful that the sharing of an experience with others through a social network is often a central part of the experience itself. For example, you posting a picture of you having fun at a party may be more fun than the party itself, due to the conversation and interaction it leads to in the minutes, hours, and days afterwards.
The negative side of this of course is that people can easily become addicted to the enjoyment of the cyber interaction and completely forego the “real world” experience.
I’m a big fan of videoing life in general, but especially jiu jitsu tournaments. When I compete, I usually set up a camera on a tiny tripod (as pictured above) on the score table, so that I can analyze the matches afterwards. This is important to get an understanding of the mistakes I made and the opportunities I missed. Sitting down with a coach and analyzing those videos can be of great help in developing your jiu jitsu game.
But also it’s good to put some of the videos up online so that your friends and training partners that couldn’t make it out to watch you compete can still catch some of the action. I like watching friends (in real-life or video) doing well at something they are passionate about, and I can share in their pain when they don’t do well. Anyway, it’s something I think is valuable on many levels, and so I’ll continue to preach that message 😉
I particularly like when the tournament organizers themselves take on the task of videoing some or all of the tournament matches. The latest example of that is the PGL: a tournament I just competed in and wrote a bunch of plog posts about (preview 1, preview 2, recap). I don’t usually write so much about a particular tournament, but I’ve been very happy with how they promote and run things, and that they are doing all that on the east coast where the tournament scene is lagging behind the west coast (at least for now). Check out the YouTube playlist from PGL II.
Budovideos do a good job of videoing some of the tournaments for the IBJJF. I wish they were better at making them available in on-demand form in a more accessible fashion, but I’m sure that’s something that we will see in the future. One of the great things about Budovideos is they are always improving. Grapplers Quest also does a good job of catching many of its best fights on video. I do wish that they ran their tournaments in a more timely fashion, and also supported those competing in the gi a little more. But nobody’s perfect 😉