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Interactive White Belt Curriculum

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The great thing about mindmaps is that they provide an easy-to-follow visual reminder of the techniques and positions covered.  For most this is quicker to review and easier to assimilate than text notes.  You’re also able to get a birds-eye view of how everything is connected and (hopefully) improve your understanding those intricacies.

The downside is that without the source material (DVD, book, magazine, etc) they’re usefulness is greatly limited.  Don’t get me wrong, they’re cool to look at but how much are you really getting out of it?  So what can be done about that? 


[bjjad][/bjjad]You could buy every instructional video, jiu-hitsu magazine and book that I map out.  You could even rent them from MMA Vault, but the costs still add up.  Luckily we have access to the interwebz and specifically to YouTube.

Below is an interactive map that I’ve created by using the suggested white belt to blue belt curriculum from Alliance BJJ (there are a lot of them out there, this is the one I was looking at most recently) and filled it in with techniques that I was familiar with and felt confident that I could find on demonstrated YouTube by a quality instructor.

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white belt curriculum 

I’ve used the following instructors for technique:

Jeremy Arel – Bio, School and YouTube.  All the BJJ techniques are taken from Jeremy’s excellent YouTube page.  Please be sure to check Jeremy’s pages out and support him.  He’s provided a huge amount of great content over the last few years for free.
Ken Primola – Website and YouTube.  The wrestling techniques were taken from Ken’s YouTube page.
Stephan Kesting – Website and YouTube.  I use Stephan’s stuff whenever possible, in this case an example of a standing headlock escape.  He’s also been a huge supporter of BJJ with his free content and webpages.
Roy Dean – Website and YouTube.  The escape from a headlock on the ground is demonstrated by Roy.
Pedro Sauer – Website and YouTube.  The standing guillotine escape is demonstrated by Prof Sauer on Jeff Curran.

1.  All the YouTubes are from respected BJJ Blackbelts that I have no relationship with.
2.  I did not write the curriculum and I am in no way, shape, or form associated with Alliance BJJ.

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Matthew Corley

I'm a 37 year old husband and father to two girls.  I train under Ezra Lenon (black belt under Kiko France of American Top Team) in St Louis MO.  I drag my two little girls with me to the gym every chance that I get and usually end up training 5 days a week.  I'm a huge gear junkie, spend entirely too much time watching BJJ videos and am fascinated with the cerebral side of our sport.  When I'm not training or hanging with my family I work as a clinical pharmacist.


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