DVD Review:Roy Dean-White Belt Bible
It is an honor and privilage to be one of the first to review Roy Dean’s latest DVD project: The White Belt Bible (Jiu Jitsu in Theory and Practice). Roy’s latest work is his way of introducing men, women, boys, and girls to the beautiful and intricate world of Jiu Jitsu by encompassing not only Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but also the sister martial arts that lent a hand in creating it such as Kodokan Judo, Jujutsu, and Aikikai Aikido, all of which Roy holds a black belt or higher in. This DVD is unique in that it is not just an instructional teaching the basic positions of BJJ. Experienced practitioners can learn plenty from this DVD, but it’s bigger than that; it’s about the Theory and Practice of Jiu Jitsu.
The White Belt Bible’s production value is extremely well done as most fans of Roy Dean’s DVD’s have come to expect. Roy’s instruction is clear and concise and he blends his instructional segments with live sparring demonstrations, student’s belt tests, and of course his signature instrumental music which he composes himself. Also worth noting is that Roy wears his own white belt throughout the DVD which I feel is a great touch that makes it easy for the viewer to join in without feeling intimidated. Without further ado, let’s step into the world of the White Belt…..
Tying the belt- The DVD starts of with some upbeat music and a beautifully shot segment of Roy tying on a white belt. The segment is then shown again in slow motion so that the viewer can learn the proper way to tie their belt. Now that your belt is tied, it’s time to learn some Judo….your Jiu Jitsu wont be all that effective if you can’t get your opponent to the ground right?
Kodokan Judo- Not everyone knows this but Roy also holds a black belt in Judo. The segment on Judo begins with the theory of Kuzushi or off balancing your opponent. Once you learn the fundamentals of getting your opponent off balance, Roy goes into some of the most basic and high percentage Judo take downs such as Ippon Seionage, Kata Guruma, Osoto Gari, Uchimata, and a few others as well as how to use them in combination with one another.
Jujutsu Examples- The next segment shows examples of Jujutsu techniques such as armlocks, sweeps, throws, leg locks, and chokes. The examples are comprised from real footage of Roy’s students sparring during regular classes as well as during their belt demonstrations. This segment is a very clever way to make the viewer feel as if they are sitting against the wall watching their first Jiu Jitsu class and trying to figure out what the heck is going on.
Aikikai Aikido- Roy is a long time practitioner of Aikido and shows some really cool pins, wrist locks, elbow locks, and even a weapon disarmament that most Jiu Jitsu students probably haven’t seen before. The segment is short and sweet and flows right into an old Seibukan Jujutsu demonstration by Roy.
Seibukan Jujutsu Demonstration- Roy’s Jujutsu demonstration is an intricate combination of throws, joint locks, and sweeps….there’s even a sword and some knives in there. I think what he is trying to show by putting this segment along with the Aikido segment is that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was not just developed out of thin air. By watching these other forms of martial arts, you begin to realize how they are all interconnected and pieces and parts of each of these martial arts help make up what we know today as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu- Now we move onto the main event if you will, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The segment starts with Roy going into the basic positions of BJJ, starting with the closed guard which is where new students will spend a majority of their time. Roy breaks down the positions into Major and Minor positions, an example of a Major position being the mount and a Minor position being side control. Once he covers the basic positions he goes into showing submissions, but not before reminding the viewer that the submission is just “the cherry on top”. Roy explains that although getting a submission is fun and feels good, you must develop a strong foundation before being able to finish opponents frequently.
The submissions that Roy shows are some of the most basic and effective submissions in BJJ such as armlocks, shoulder locks, collar chokes, triangle chokes. He then shows how the submissions can be strung together to make them more effective against a savvy opponent.
So much of Jiu Jitsu is unseen. By that I mean that there are so many small movements, shifting of weight, etc. that only with experience can a student start to see the details that are going on below the surface. Roy ends the first DVD with a brilliant black and white segment that shows what Jiu Jitsu looks like from the perspective of a white belt and how that perspective changes as you advance in Jiu Jitsu. I was very impressed by this segment and I think it would be a great idea for a white belt to re-watch this segment every 6 months to see how their perspective changes and what they pick up that they didn’t see the time before.
As the first DVD was instructional based, the second DVD is meant to give the viewer examples of the skills it takes to go from white belt to black belt. Roy selected some of his top students belt test demonstrations and put them in order starting with a white belt testing for her blue belt. After the blue belt demonstration we can take a look at what it takes to get to the coveted purple belt and after that, the even more intricate test to reach brown belt. The last belt demonstration is Roy testing for his second stripe on his black belt which he recently received. After the demonstrations there is a video of Roy taking a private lesson with world champion Saulo Ribeiro, followed by a trip that Roy and some of his students took to England to train with one of his affiliate schools. The second DVD ends with some trailers for Roys other DVDs such as Blue Belt Requirements, Purple Belt Requirements, and No Gi Essentials…all of which are must owns!
Overall, I really enjoyed Roy’s latest project and would highly recommend it for anyone starting Jiu Jitsu, thinking of starting Jiu Jitsu, or even a seasoned practitioner to have on his or her shelf. I am told that Roy will begin releasing The White Belt Bible on iTunes first and will make it available shortly after that for DVD purchase. You can follow Roy’s blog and purchase materials from him at www.roydeanacademy.com
Thanks for reading!