Posted by Jackelope
Posted by Svartorm
It absolutely can hurt, which is why I said not to start with it. If you don't have a background in grappling and attempt to learn it via video, you'll iron in all kinds of bad habits that are difficult to take care of later. This is much more true with stand-up fighting than ground, but still true just the same.
Agreed X 1,000
Once again the ever important intangible of training partners comes into play. This is yet another reason why going to a school is way better. I don't care if you've studied a move a million times- if you don't have experience training it with competent and realistic opponents you're not going to be effective with it. I've seen it time and again.
Your best bet to me sounds like hooking up with a school that has MT and BJJ. If that's not an option- hey, keep watching the videos online but be aware of these things we've discussed
to just add to that.. If your rolling with partners who have enven less experience then you.. your going to seem great even if your making mistakes that an expereienced grappler would get out of.. your friends might not know how to exploit your mistakes so when you think ytour doing something correctly or not...
I have some pretty good experience with grappling and can hold my own against most... but as I look up new moves and techniques online or in books... I'll look for at least 3-4 examples of the same move from diffeent online videos and then I will get a freind or two and practice.. luckily I have some friends with grappling and wrestling expereince so I can get some useful feed back so I know if what I am doing works... then I also show the move to my freinds so they can apply it to me as well... this way I can expereince it from thre other end and see if I can find a flaw.. cause more then likely if I am doing something wrong and show it to my friends they will be making the same mistakes I am so I will spot them , HOPEFULLY, and then can take steps to correct them.. like rewatching the vids.. looking for even more vids...