“The Academy” is an ongoing documentary web series showcasing the people, culture and art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu through monthly YouTube films, and weekly Instagram posts, each focusing on a different martial artist.
What sets “The Academy” films apart from other online media covering the subject, is its focus on the everyday Jiu Jitsu artist and not just the famous ones who compete at the highest levels (although here and there they may pop up). These are honest portraits of real people who have dedicated themselves to the art and made tremendous personal gains through its discipline.
Each film is crafted by Matthew Hickney, filmmaker and brown belt practitioner. He wants to bridge gaps, create awareness and spread the art through this work.
You can view Matthew’s IMBD profile here.