Book Review- Submit Everyone: The Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu Files

January 8, 2012 3 comments

The wait is over. Dave Camarillo’s highly anticipated addition to the Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu series has finally hit the shelves. Five years in the making, Submit Everyone is Camarillo’s follow up to his best selling instructional book, Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu, released in 2006. Always looking for the finish, Dave is known for his aggressive grappling style he calls Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu (a combination of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Wrestling, and MMA). Submit Everyone is, in my opinion, the most unique book on grappling to hit the market to date. Why? Here’s my take on Submit Everyone- The Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu Files:

As I mentioned above, Submit Everyone is unique, and for many reasons. Pretty much every Jiu-Jitsu book on the market is, for all intents and purposes, an instructional guiding the reader from the most basic defensive skills and guard passes, to more advanced sweeps and submissions. Submit Everyone, however, is a military themed book based solely around SUBMITTING your opponent by using a combination of philosophy, strategy, and of course the physical submission moves that Dave has perfected over many years.

Submit Everyone begins with an Introduction Report which outlines the military terms the reader will be introduced to in the book and how they will be interpreted throughout. Sections of the book are referred to as Files rather than Chapters and each “move” or “sequence” is  referred to as a SITREP (situational report). The SITREP explains in great detail, a situation a practitioner may find him or herself in and then gives them a POA (plan of action) to follow in the quest for a fight ending submission.

But what if my opponent does this or turns to this side to escape? One move is rarely enough when grappling with an experienced opponent and Dave creatively anticipates an opponents POE (plan of escape) or other situations that can lead to a SNAFU Moment (Situation Normal: All F-ed Up) and prepares the practitioner to react accordingly to maintain control and get the finish. SITREP’s are summarized with After-Action Reports which link the most important elements of the SITREP’s grappling concept and directly bridges it to the individual. It is advised that you read these sections very carefully!

Further into the book you will be introduced to Dave’s concept of a Fire Base and a Fire Team….a Fire Base being essentially your “go-to” positions which you feel safe in both defending and attacking from and your Fire Team being your favorite submission which all of your attacks and transitions will be focused around completing. For Dave, his Fire Team has always been his armbar and because of this, he has built one of the most amazing collections of armbar finishes you will ever see and in my opinion, this section alone is worth the price of the entire book.

Files on Testing The Waters, Attack/Withdrawl/Ambush & Retreat, and Psychological Operations are fun to read and are also essential in helping the reader understand how to mentally and physically focus on seeking a submission finish.

Summary:
It’s very apparent from reading Submit Everyone, that Dave Camarillo wanted to give the reader as much of himself, his philosophy and his Jiu-Jitsu that he possibly could. The amount of material in this book is almost overwhelming and at first glance may seem confusing with the unorthodox military theme, but once you dive into it, it will all make sense and you will be thoroughly satisfied. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in grappling but feel it will be best suited for individuals who are, at the very least, already proficient in the basics of  Jiu-Jitsu.

Submit Everyone is published by Victory Belt Publishing who always seems to do a great job of releasing a book with high quality glossy pages and clear photos and this book is no different!

Read more about Dave Camarillo and Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu here.

Thanks for reading!

Jiu Jitsu Fest 2011- Bend Oregon

October 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Roy Harris, Ryno, Roy Dean, Keith Owen

Bend, Oregon…..home to beautiful mountains, sparkling rivers, friendly people, and more craft beer and delicious coffee than one could hope for (if you’re into that sort of thing). Bend is also home to one of the finest Jiu Jitsu schools in the country; the Roy Dean Academy. On August 31st, I made my pilgrimage to Roy’s academy for his 3rd Annual Jiu Jitsu Fest, held on September 2-3.  This years festivities included seminars by fourth degree black belt  under Professor Joe Moreira, Mr.Roy Harris and first degree black belt under Professor Pedro Sauer, Mr. Keith Owen.

I arrived in Bend after a 9 hour drive from the Bay Area and had a few hours to rest before joining Roy Dean’s evening class. Roy showed a few guard passes from the knees and then a few more from the standing position which then transitioned into a beautiful knee bar. Following the guard passes, Roy covered a basic Judo throw for good measure. After the instruction I was able to get a few rounds of sparring in with some of Roy’s students and himself which is always a pleasure.

Thursday night I had the pleasure of watching my friend Donald Bowerman get his brown belt evaluation from Mr.Dean and Mr.Harris. First let me note the distinction between an evaluation and an exam. An exam is what a student is given the day he  or she is to be promoted and lasts about twice as long as an evaluation. Evaluations are given when a student is close to his next belt but may have some things to tighten up. At the end of the evaluation, Mr.Harris will tell the student exactly what they need to be working on to get to the next level.

To say that an evaluation or exam from Mr.Harris is tough would be an understatement. The evaluation is a grueling series of live drills with fresh students of all levels cycling in to smash you. I’ll give you an example- one drill would start with Donald mounted by another student…Mr.Harris says escape and he has to escape whether it takes him 10 seconds or 10 minutes. You do this three times and then he brings in someone fresh and you start in another position.  This process lasts for over an hour with a handful of 5 minute breaks in between and the evaluation is capped off with some sparring sessions.

Donald showed amazing heart and put on a great display of Jiu-Jitsu and at the end of the night was given a list of things to work on for the next few months. While not all instructors practice or agree with evaluations and exams, I’ll tell you that everyone in the room learned a ton that night including myself and it was awesome to witness…..I am a fan.

Friday afternoons class at the academy was run by Mr.Harris. The lesson for the day was breaking your opponents guard open. Mr.Harris showed numerous ways to get your opponent to uncross their ankles followed by super tight, smashing single leg stack passes….one of my favorites! The class was amazing. Everything he showed fit right into my game and I’ve been using what he showed pretty successfully lately. Friday night they had another class but I was at The Little Woody Barrel-Aged Beer Festival:)

Saturday was the day everyone was waiting for. From 10am-12pm we had a seminar with Keith Owen and from 2pm-4pm Roy Harris.

Keith Owen- I had never met Keith Owen but had heard a lot of good things about him. Keith was extremely nice, had a great sense of humor, and put on an awesome seminar. He showed a series of techniques that all flowed from one to the next like a long “thread”. The first technique was an escape for when your opponent has a deep collar choke from the mount. The escape flowed right into a slick pass that puts you right into side control. From there, Keith showed a series of ways to maintain side control and finish with an armlock, wristlock, and collar choke.

Keith had some really “unique” names for his techniques like, The Barcalounger,  The Turkey Stuff, and The Happy choke. Like Eddie Bravo, the idea is that you’ll remember the techniques easier with names like this rather than “that collar choke”, plus if your at a tournament and your instructor yells out” Happy Choke”, there’s a good chance your opponent is going to have no idea what you’re planning on doing……it worked so far, I haven’t forgot them yet.

Roy Harris- I have trained with Mr.Harris several times over the years and have never been disappointed by any of his classes or seminars. Mr.Harris’ depth of knowledge in Jiu-Jitsu as well as numerous other martial arts is truly amazing and his explanation of techniques is phenomenal. I think I grinned from ear to ear when he told us the focus of his seminar was going to be PRESSURE. for those of you who don’t know…Mr.Harris’ nickname is Boa because of his crushing pressure and tight Jiu-Jitsu which shouldn’t be surprising given that his Professor is Joe Moreira.

For me, Jiu-Jitsu changed when I began to learn how to use my weight on my opponents. I thought I was doing pretty good with that but of course, this seminar changed the way I look at pressure.  Most of the seminar was focused on applying pressure from side control but we also spent some time applying pressure from half guard and the mount. The light bulb moment for me that day was learning that I could apply ridiculous pressure from side control while having both knees pulled into my opponent. I used to think that to be heavy from side control I had to have one leg out and one knee in (hopefully that made some sense).

We also learned about applying pressure from the bottom….but not necessarily what you may be thinking…applying pressure from the bottom, according to Mr.Harris means to pressure your opponent with submission attempts and sweeps while never letting them get comfortable in your guard, get grips, etc. If the pressure of your attacks from bottom is good enough, your opponent will eventually make a mistake that you can capitalize on.

Overall, amazing seminar. It was like Mr.Harris woke up that morning and thought “what can I show Ryno today that he would like”.

Summary- Overall, another amazing trip to Bend. Huge thanks to Mr.Roy Dean, Mr. Roy Harris, and Mr.Keith Owen for their amazing instruction. Thank you to my gracious hosts the Schauland’s for their hospitality, all of Roy Dean’s gracious students for always welcoming me, and of course I must thank all of the fine beer makers in Bend that satisfied my thirst after all of those training sessions. Can’t wait for next year!

Black Eagle Special Edition “Raptor” Gi Review

August 20, 2011 1 comment
Who is Black Eagle?
Black Eagle is a martial arts supply company located in the United Kingdom. Founded in 2005, Black Eagle began producing uniforms and equipment for a wide variety of mainstream martial arts. With the help of some experienced designers and testers, Black Eagle has been pumping out some amazing BJJ Gis and No-Gi gear, but none of their products have been as anticipated as the new Special Edition Raptor Gi! Read on for my full review.
Special Edition Raptor Gi:
It wasn’t until after a few weeks of training in a pre-production sample of this gi that I found out the interesting story behind it’s inception. My friend and fellow blogger across the pond, Seymour Yang of Meerkatsu.com , who is an authority on gi reviews, was given the task of designing a gi for Black Eagle from the ground up. Besides knowing a lot about BJJ and gis, Seymour is an amazing artist/graphic designer.
With the weight of the world on his shoulders, Seymour set out on his journey to create a gi that was as comfortable as it was beautiful, as functional as it was durable, and as bling as it could be without being obnoxious. After training in this gi for the past three weeks, it’s clear that Seymour and Black Eagle succeeded in creating an amazing gi that sets itself apart from the many options currently on the market.

The Jacket:
This jacket is like a luxury vehicle, there is no doubt about that. The Honda Accord is a fine vehicle , but step into the driver’s seat of a Mercedes and you’ll realize that there is no comparison between the two….especially in terms of style and comfort. This gi jacket was so comfortable that I joked with my wife that I was going to wear it out to dinner that night. The tapered cut was almost perfect for me and there is a rash guard lining throughout the inside of the jacket which is a really nice edition.

The pre-production sample I received from Black Eagle was a Gold Weave material which was extremely soft and comfortable but shrunk a bit after a few washes. The final production gi will be made of Pear Weave material that won’t be as soft, but should have minimal if any shrinkage, in fact, Black Eagle is guaranteeing that with proper care, the gi will never shrink out of fit. Although I will miss the softness of the Gold Weave (I know, I’m such a priss) the Pearl Weave is probably the right call for this gi.

Rash Guard Lining:
Although there are a handful of gis on the market sporting rash guard lining on the inside, this is my first time owning and training in one. I must say that it felt a little odd at first but I quickly became a big fan of it. The lining also has a beautiful metallic print of an eagle with the Portuguese words Uma forma de viver, um desejo de vencer, which, translated to English means- a way of life, a desire to win. The same words are also visible on the scroll that the Eagle is holding on the back of the jacket.

My only gripe with the lining, which was also noted by Seymour in his review, was that it extends all the way to the bottom of the sleeve which can be pulled out when your opponent is grabbing your sleeve. I think it’s just a matter of time before the lining becomes torn in this area. A good solution would be to stop the lining at the elbow or mid-forearm to prevent any accidents.

Embroidery:
The embroidered designs on the shoulders and back of the gi are beautiful and full of detail but Black Eagle is also offering the option to have your Raptor delivered with no embroidery on the back in case you want a little less bling or you need your academy’s patch on the back.

The Collar:
The collar on this gi is covered in a Rip Stop fabric which adds a little contrast and should add some durability to it. The thickness is just about right as well….not too thick and not to thin and is also quick drying.

The Pants:
The pants are made from heavy duty 12oz. canvas cotton and feel absolutely bullet proof. Besides the beautiful contrast stitching and embroidered logo, you will notice six….yes six loops for the drawstring…overkill you may say? Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. With six belt loops and a sturdy flat drawstring, thee pants aren’t going anywhere. The reinforcements are where they should be and the cut is tapered but allows for a comfortable range of motion when training.

Price and Ordering:
This Special Edition Gi is priced at 99 British Pound Sterling which converted to US Dollars, is about $163 and although shipping form the UK is generally very pricey, the owner of Black Eagle has capped the shipping at $15 for up to two gi’s for US customers.

Black Eagle is currently taking pre-orders for the Raptor which is to be delivered to customers in November. Please note that the only way to ensure you get one of these gis is to pre-order and pre-pay on their website- Black Eagle Special Edition Raptor Gi. Once the pre-orders are finished, this gi will never be made again.

The Raptor is offered in three color models: black gi with red and white styling, white gi with purple and lilac styling and finally, white gi with black and light grey styling. All of the gis meet current IBJJF regulations and are completely acceptable for competition.

Conclusion:
If you are looking for an ultra-light gi, this is not for you. If you are looking for a plain, cheap gi, this is not for you. If you want to spoil yourself and train in ultimate comfort and look good whether winning or losing, this gi is for you! Furthermore, unlike many “Special Edition” and “Limited Edition” gis out there, once pre-orders are finished, Black Eagle will not be making any more of these gis.

This isn’t the cheapest gi out there, nor is it the most expensive, but the quality is definitely in line with the price and I highly recommend adding one of these beauties to your collection. Please also check out all of the other great BJJ products that Black Eagle is making here.

Special Thanks:
Special thanks to Steve at Black Eagle for the opportunity to review this fantastic gi. A big thank you also to Seymour Yang of Meerkatsu, for not only helping me connect with Steve for this opportunity but also for the use of his photos for this review.  Please check out his review of the Raptor as well on his blog at Meerkatsu.com.

Thanks for reading!

Ryno

BJJHQ- One great deal a day on BJJ Gear!

These days there are a number of internet sites like Groupon, Living Social, Winewoot, etc., offering one deal a day on anything from wine to movie tickets. Luckily someone got the idea to apply this simple concept to BJJ and MMA gear. The folks over at BJJHQ.com have been offering everything from BJJ Gis to apparel and soap to defend against staph at greatly reduced prices.

The way it works is one item is chosen and put up on the website for sale until 12am Eastern time or until the item is sold out. Once it’s gone…it’s gone…it’s that simple. In following the website a bit, I’ve noticed that it’s very common for them to run out of a popular sized item (like an A-2 gi for example) very quickly so it’s a good idea to follow them on Facebook or Twitter to make sure you stay informed of the deals and act on them quickly if you’re interested.

BJJHQ also has another deal a day website for those interested in MMA. Appropriately enough, the website is MMAHQ.com….same deal here; one MMA related item per day such as shin guards, boxing gloves, apparel, and mouth guards.

A very big thank you to the folks at BJJHQ.com for sending me a Fuji Kassen gi for my review which will be posted in a few weeks as I have quite a few things in the works right now to bring you guys. In the meantime, make sure to “like” BJJHQ and MMAHQ on your Facebook so you can stay up to speed on all of the great deals they are offering!

Thanks for reading,

Ryno

Jiu Jitsu Super Powers

July 24, 2011 10 comments

With all of the super hero movies coming out these days; X-Men, Thor, Captain America, Green Lantern, the list goes on…..I am reminded of reading an old article my friend Alan “Gumby” Marques wrote where he mentioned that knowing Jiu Jitsu is  about the closest an average person can come to having Super Powers.

Last week I went to train at Caio Terra’s new gym and I was a little early so I suited up and waited on the side of the mat while the instructor was finishing up the kids class. As I sat down the instructor was just pairing up the kids to spar with each other for 5 minute rounds. My attention was immediately drawn to a wiry girl who was probably about 13 years old and most definitely not threatening looking. She was paired up with a stocky boy who was probably about the same age but much bigger than she…he didn’t look mean but to an outsider this match-up must have looked uneven to say the least.

As the two combatants shook hands and the instructor shouted go, they locked up…each one looking for a  take-down. From the way the girl moved I could tell that she was the experienced grappler, but, this boy must have had 30-40lbs on her….this could be interesting. The boy pulled guard. The girl took her time and passed his guard and moved to side control. After patiently waiting for her opportunity, she then seamlessly transitioned to mount. Knowing how hard it is to maintain mount on a much larger and stronger opponent, I expected the boy to bridge hard and roll the girl onto her back, turning the tide….if you think holding down an unwilling opponent much larger than you is hard, try getting them off of you when you’re on your back and they have gravity on their side!

The boy struggled….he was not letting the girl “win”….he was desperately trying to escape. You could tell from the look on his face that he was not expecting this outcome. It was like watching a mouse try to get away from a boa constrictor, the more he struggled, the more tired and panicked he became. In desperation, the boy turned onto all fours while the girl transitioned to his back. From here it was text-book; she got her hooks in and rolled him onto his side and sunk in a beautiful rear-naked choke. The boy had no choice but to tap out just before the 5 minutes was over. Graceful in defeat, the boy stood up and shook the girls ahnd and they gave each other a hug. The boy walked away having felt the power of Jiu Jitsu and no doubt eager to learn more and come back stronger. The girls mother stood on the sidelines beaming with pride and excitement over her daughters performance.

At some point in our youth, we have all pretended we were super heroes. We all wished we had Super Powers. I wanted to fly like Superman, have strength like the Incredible Hulk, sling webs from my wrists like Spider Man, and even though they are technically not Super Heroes…..I wanted to be able to “Judo Chop” my imaginary opponents helpless like Steven Segal and Jean Claude Van Damme. However, nothing I have ever done has made me feel closer to having Super Powers more than Jiu Jitsu.

Wielding the ability to control and submit (restrain or seriously injure) resisting opponents of all shapes and sizes from an unimaginable amount of positions using every available limb and every ounce of leverage, is a skill few people, as a whole, posses or will posses. This is the power of Jiu Jitsu. This is the closest you will come to having Super Powers.

What do you guys think?

Thanks for reading,

Ryno

Gi Review: Submission Light

June 26, 2011 1 comment
A while back I was contacted by the owner of Submission Fight Company to do a review of their new line of BJJ Gis. After thorough testing, below is my review of the Submission Light Gi.
Who is Submission Fight Co?
Submission Fight Co. was started by a young entrepreneur and BJJ practitioner in Encino California with the aim to make a high quality BJJ Gi and sell it at an affordable price point. Since I’m always on the lookout for a good, affordable BJJ Gi, I certainly couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try one of these out.
Submission Light Gi:
The Submission Light is the second generation of Gis made by Submission Fight Co. With a slick new logo and tastefully placed patches, this Gi is lightweight without feeling cheap and looks like it should cost about $50 more than it does!

The Jacket:
The jacket of the Submission Light is made of Pearl Weave fabric with one piece construction and no seam down the back (for those of you that own Gis with seams in the back you know why it’s nice to not have them!). Even though I am almost between and A2-A3 jacket, this top fits me very well and has been very comfortable to train in. It’s also reinforced in all the right places. My only gripe so far is that the color faded pretty fast after the first few washes, but to be fair, most Gis do. I’ve heard of some household remedies like soaking the Gi in vinegar before the first wash to prolong color but to me, it’s not a big enough issue to go through the hassle.

The Collar:
The collar on this Gi is covered in Rip Stop fabric which adds a nice touch to the look of the jacket. The thickness is just about right as well….not too thick and not to thin and is also quick drying.

The Pants:
The pants on the Submission Light are made from 100% Rip Stop fabric with plenty of stitching and reinforcements to stand up to a beating. Until now I haven’t been a fan of Rip Stop pants because the tend to feel very “waxy” and stiff. I was quite impressed while training in these pants that they never felt uncomfortable at all to me. One thing to note that while the pants have a rope drawstring which I like, the material it’s made from can bunch up when the pants are put through the dryer. Since I absolutely hate “air drying” my Gis, I am going to have to live with this minor issue. I spoke to the owner and he assured me that if anyone has a problem with the drawstring, he will send a replacement right away. The one suggestion I have besides changing the material of the drawstring  is to add two more belt loops to the front of the pants to help keep them from sagging.

Patches:
The patches on this Gi are just right in my opinion. The logo is not too busy and the placement of the patches let’s people know what kind of Gi you are wearing without looking like you’re a sponsored Nascar driver. Another nice addition is the logo tape on the bottom of the jacket and down the sides of each pant leg…It’s little touches like these that you normally don’t find on a lower priced Gi.

Price:
This Gi starts at an amazing price of $99.95 for the white with contrast stitching (which is the best looking one in my opinion, I just hadn’t had a blue one in a long time). They just made a black Gi as well that also has contrast stitching and it is retailing for $109.95.

Conclusion:
Submission Fight Company is a new company that is certainly headed in the right direction. Their newest Gi is a solid offering at an amazing price. With time, these Gis will be tweaked and refined making them that much better and if the price point stays low, having a few of them in your arsenal will be a no-brainer.

Rynobjj.com Discount Code:
The owner of Submission Fight Co. was nice enough to extend a discount on top of their already low prices to readers of rynobjj.com! Simply go to their website www.SubmissionFC.com and enter in the coupon code- rynobjj5 at checkout. This coupon code is good for 5% off anything store wide and is good until December 30th 2011. Happy shopping!

Thanks for reading!

Caio Terra Interview & DVD Review

May 15, 2011 5 comments

Caio Terra is a multiple time world champion in Jiu-Jitsu both gi and no-gi; his accomplishments as a competitor are far too many to list. He has defeated opponents at rooster weight, light feather weight, and on multiple occasions, he has defeated opponents twice his size in open weight divisions proving that technique can beat size and strength.  Caio received his Jiu-Jitsu black belt in just 3yrs of dedicated training, a feat reserved only for those extremely gifted both physically and mentally. Now Caio has decided to share his knowledge with us by releasing his first DVD focusing on the half guard. Below is a short interview with the Champion and my review of his first instructional DVD:

Interview with the champ

R- What inspired you to make an instructional focusing just on the half-guard? 
C- I haven’t seen any DVDs covering the whole half guard, which has become one of the guards most used in tournaments. So I wanted to make the most complete Half-Guard DVD possible.

R- Was this DVD project something you’ve been planning on doing for a while or did it just kind of happen? 
C- I was planing on doing a DVD for about a year, when I finally had the opportunity then I thought about Half Guard bottom.

R- Your instructional has 111 very detailed techniques in it. How long did it take to film all of this? 
C- Five days working in the morning, afternoon, and night. And that’s because I didn’t get any complications with the moves. If I had to review moves before every time I filmed it, then it would take about a month.

R- Are you happy with how it came out? 
C- If the public is happy, then I am happy too. I just wish I had more time .

R- Are there any plans right now for another DVD? If so, what would it focus on? 
C- Right now I am focused on my new gym in San Jose, the other gyms I also teach at and on the tournaments.

R- I hear you are opening a school in San Jose. Can you tell us a little bit about it? 
C- Yeah, it’s a great facility, with almost 8000sq/ft. 3 Mat areas for different Martial Arts, such as Muay Thai and Cardio Kickboxing, Krav Maga and MMA. Kids and Adults.
I will have 2 more black belts teaching with me, Oswaldo Augusto “Queixinho” and Flavio Meier. I think it will be the only school in USA which will have 3 black belts teaching at the same time. We will have beginners classes, advanced (mix) and competition classes, all of them on gi and no-gi. It’s almost like a 24hrs BJJ hahaha!

R- Will you be instructing all of the classes? 
C- Unfortunately I wont be there for all the classes, but I will be in most of them. Specially the advanced and Competition.

R- Where can my readers go to buy your DVD and find out more about you and your new school? 
C- caioterra.com for my DVD or mmajiujitsukickboxing.com for my school.

R- Thank you very much for your time Caio, good luck at the Worlds!
C- Thank you and everyone who took the time to read this……OSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!

DVD Review:

111 half guard techniques, over 450 minutes of material on three DVD’s, all for about $100 dollars. Let’s do some math- that’s roughly $0.90 per technique or $0.22 per minute to learn from one of the most highly decorated Jiu-Jitsu competitors in the world. Anyone who doesn’t realize what a bargain this DVD is should…. never-mind, I don’t want to offend anyone:) Seriously though, Caio gave it all in this DVD and the rumor is they actually had to stop him at 111 techniques! This instructional could have easily been broken into three separate DVD’s with so much material but you get it all.

Besides being a really good value, this DVD is also very well done. The sound quality is good, the lighting is good, and Caio’s instruction is excellent, especially considering he hasn’t been speaking English for very long. My only gripe with this DVD is that I would have liked to see the camera men show more angles. Caio’s techniques are extremely detailed and a few get slightly blocked by the camera angle but all it take is watching the technique a few times to figure out what he’s doing….not really a big deal.

When I decided to review this DVD, I had no idea what I was getting into. Caio covers so much material it’s almost overwhelming…there were so many techniques I had never seen before. My brain went into overload trying to absorb everything I was watching. Besides just teaching a move and moving onto the next, Caio shows the same move with many different scenarios that can occur during sparring or competition. Also, unlike many other  instructionals out there,  you can actually watch Caio perform some of these techniques at the highest levels in his competition footage.

Overall this DVD has something for everyone regardless of rank, size, flexibility, or strength. The list of techniques is far to long to post but include the half guard, deep half guard, inverted half guard, upside down half guard, Terra’s guard, and even some 50/50 guard thrown in. Also shown are sweeps, escapes, take downs, submissions….the list goes on and on. One could study on this DVD for months or even years and still keep picking up useful techniques. My focus after initially watching the instructional in its entirety is to go back and see what speaks to me or fits into my game now and try to implement one technique every week or so. After that, I can start exploring and branching out to moves or positions that may be more foreign to me and my style.

In conclusion:

If you are a fan of instructional DVD’s, you cannot go wrong with Caio’s 111 Half Guard Techniques. It’s a well made DVD and a real value for those who don’t like wasting their money! If you have any questions feel free to post or email me. I hope this review helps you guys out.

Thanks for reading,

Ryno


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