Tanner's Law

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From The Martial Arts Encyclopedia

Tanner's Law (for short) or "Evan Tanner Law" is an adage created on the Bullshido.net forums to address the effectiveness of using video training as a primary method to learn Martial Arts skills.

The law is named after the late Evan Tanner, who early in his MMA career, used videos to learn Brazilian Jiu-jitsu skills.

The "law", as it was formulated, reads:


This is stated in such a manner to illustrate that while someone with superior athleticism and talent may be able to glean a productive knowledge of a skill set through video instruction, the vast majority of people are not similarly gifted and will not be able to reap the same benefits from such methods.