Pretty much everybody in the BJJ community has heard of this documentary, since it's indiegogo campaign last summer. Director Dan Lewis of Eat Films set out to make the quintessential Jiu-Jitsu PSA:
"Our aim is to produce the Jiu-Jitsu film - The film that you show to someone when they ask "What is this Jiu-Jitsu thing that you do?"
He traveled around to interview some of the best and most prolific Jiu-Jitsu professors about why they train and teach Jiu-Jitsu. The full list includes: Eddie Bravo, Jocelyn Chang, John Danaher, Roberto de Abreu Filho, Harley Flanagan, Jeff Glover, Renzo Gracie, Christopher Haueter, Deborah Maxwell, Phil Migliarese, Nazareth Nirza, Felicia Oh, Cindy Omatsu, Kurt Osiander, Trevelen Rabanal, Orlando Sanchez, Fabio Santos, Paul Schreiner, Kris Shaw, Gary Tonon, Gui Valente, Joaquin Valente, Pedro Valente, and Jared Weiner.
It is a very uplifting and motivational documentary, featuring all the above waxing poetic about the gentle art, why they fell in love with it and how it changed their lives. I'm not sure if it teaches the uninitiated as to exactly what Jiu-Jitsu is, but it sure makes me feel good about doing it!
I'm looking forward to more Jiu-Jitsu documentaries from these guys. Perhaps some Jiu-Jitsu history? Or more narratives, maybe stories of specific instructors, their lives, struggles, triumphs and days in the life at their Academy? Just spitballin'...
For anyone interested in the cult of Jiu-Jitsu, or to get a better understanding of why I not only drank the Kool-Aid, but continue to stand next to the punchbowl, while simultaneously taping my wounds and counting my bruises, check out Jiu-Jitsu Vs. The World on YouTube: