BJJ Hangouts on Air, back from our Hiatus
So last night I broke from the normal routine of only doing BJJ hangouts from Worcester MMA/ Simmler Brazilian Jiu Jitsu on Wednesday and did our first Monday HOA.
Baby Steps, one must crawl before they can walk
Since starting BJJ Hangouts On Air we have had 3 episodes. I am getting acclimated to getting everything set up and ready in a timely manner. Last evening I did run into some issues with the camera freezing and before learning the trick to unlock the C910 I use I had to restart the hangout twice. it appear that usb connection was a little dodgy.
That was the only minor set back I watched some of the footage while having breakfast this morning and have quickly edited it down between the three different hangouts to 1 hour 16 minutes.
During the class we covered a Non Cross choke scissor sweep and two effective passes to side control. Where I was having issues with the camera and usb and I didn’t get the cam right on top of the techniques as they were being shown but I hope to be able to resume a 2 camera set up on Wednesday to fully cover the techniques. Also, you can see them and hear them on the video. I will be posting the video as soon as it is ready here in this post.
Spreading the love
The other awesome thing about last nights hangout is that I embedded here on danielsfontaine.com. Love the HOA embed feature and last night was the first time I have taken advantage of it.
Thus far I have only typically invited a few people that I have participated in the non On Air Hangouts to sit in, last night I did the same but they were not able to join. I did however tweet it out and posted to our facebook group and although our viewership numbers were not staggering it is a start.
I look forward to sharing BJJ with those who wish to watch hopefully 2 times a week moving forward. Every Monday and Wednesday at 6PM we will be holding our BJJ Hangouts On Air on Google+, youtube and here on danieslfontaine.com.
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So for a few months now I have been holding Hangouts during an intro to BJJ class at Simmler BJJ/Worcester MMA. I thought it would be a great way to use hangouts to show people that maybe have considered BJJ but haven’t taken the leap to actually do an intro course. I have been doing about 1 a week, usually on Wednesday evenings.
Some of the hangouts have been very well attended, say 30 people or so dropping through over the course of the class ( usually an hour and fifteen minutes) and other have only had 2 or 3 people come through.
People tend to hear Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and think Karate or Tae Kwon Do with kicks and strikes. I often find myself telling them that is a grappling martial art and as such there are no strikes.
Using Google Plus hangouts to raise awareness and demonstrate some basic techniques is new way to use the technology that excites me.
Just recently we had a team mate that wasn’t able to make it in to classes as he had a newborn at home and his bandwidth was at a minimum for the first few weeks. He hit me up on Facebook and asked when and if I would be doing the BJJ hangout. I told him I wa planning on holding ont that night. He was excited and told me to invite him when it started. That night from the comfort of his couch he was able to watch the class and hear and see the techniques we covered.
Right now, I am struggling with getting the camera closer to the action on the mat when our coach is demonstrating the technique. I tried using my EVO 4G and logging in under different account to use as a second camera to get right on top of the action. However, this proved to be a laggy, jumpy mess.
I am currently seeking a good solution so we can better broadcast the techniques when needed. I think that having a two camera set up that is stable will be the best way. I think in the next week or so I am going to try getting a usb extender and try to have a C910 that I can use to get close to the action.
If that works, George Sepich who has Hangouts On Air has been kind enough to host an On Air hangout of our class. I think that will be a great opportunity to leverage the power of hangouts to broaden awareness of both Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Simmler BJJ/Worcester MMA where I have trained for over two years now.
Onward and Upward!