Showing posts with label instructional. Show all posts
Showing posts with label instructional. Show all posts

July 25, 2015

Tambuli Media

For those book worms like me there is no better source for Filipinio Martial Arts titles, nor Chinese for that matter, then Tambuli Media, and I am very happy to announce a new affiliation with Tambuli.  For any order placed via the link to your left, or by clicking here, The Ground Never Misses will get 25%! 

So if you are looking to add a new title to your collection, or you have a martial artist with a birthday coming up make sure to use the hyperlink and the rest is taken care of.  Simple.  Check out Tambuli Media today and see what you have been missing.  And check back for some future reviews of Tambuli titles here on the Ground Never Misses. 


February 11, 2014

"The Grapplers Handbook: Gi and No Gi Techniques" - Review of Jean Jacques Machados Latest DVD

Jean Jacques Machado and Jay Zeballos have released the DVD set "Grapplers Handbook: Gi and No Gi Techniques" which very well could be considered the pinnacle of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu DVD sets.  A companion to the two books under the same title, "Grapplers Handbook (GH)" offers a unique approach that we have not seen a lot of in the DVD instructional realm and that is a glimpse into the game plan of a high level master.  With this 3 disk DVD set you will be introduced to Jean Jacques complete grappling blueprint for both gi and no gi.



Jean Jacques Machado is considered by many to be one of the most technical grapplers alive today where his ability to execute is only overshadowed by a keen teaching prowess that few possess.  When his other four brothers need the details to a certain position or move they come to Jean Jacques as he truly embodies his own quote "the more you know, the less you do."  The devil truly is in the details and lets be frank... BJJ instructionals are a dime a dozen now days, so why should you buy this DVD set over any other out there?  The answer my friends is two fold; exquisite details in both the strategy of the pedagogy of the presented material as well as the beautiful editing and camera work provided by Black Belt Magazine-Video. 

I will be blatantly honest here and say outright that this material and the format it is presented is geared towards the intermediate to advanced grappler.  Not to say beginners could not glean a lot from the lessons contained in the three hours here, but Jean Jacques assumes a base knowledge for the viewer.  Again he lays out a strategy and game plan, so this is not the conventional "let me show you every arm bar from the guard" type of training.  In lieu of being exhaustive JJM has pinpointed some choice techniques and grouped them into the following categories over three disks:

  • Passing the Guard
  • Attacking from the Guard
  • Top Attacks
  • Takedowns
  • Art of Pulling Guard
  • Mixed Martial Arts
Details of the techniques are taught along with slow motion and full speed versions for each segment demonstrated.  This is imperative when training with JJM, as his attention to detail often requires several reviews just to get into the context of the technique.  I must admit that one of my favorite aspects of this set is the overhead camera angle which offers SO much detail while JJM is instructing that I cannot believe others are not following suit.  Especially when we are talking about ground grappling, a third angle is desperately needed to see the complexities of the technique.



For instance when approaching the single leg Machado takes on  the subject from all angles; literally.  Walking the student through each scenario when grips are attained: push / pull / neutral, Jean Jacques lays the groundwork for understanding the principle, not just memorizing wrote technique.  Your entry to the single is predicated on their response to the manipulation stimuli.  Ultimately they have limited options as to which way they can go, and all options leave a leg exposed.  A glimpse inside the mind of a master is rare, and that they can convey such information is even more rare.  Practitioners of all levels will reference this DVD set over and over throughout your martial journey.

I have yet to read the two volume text of the same name; "Grapplers Handbook"  so I cannot speak as to how much they are similar or different, though I have it by good measure that Jay and Jean Jacques cover much more detail in this DVD set.   But you can purchase the 3 disk DVD set via Amazon by clicking here which will open a new tab on your browser. Every serious grappling student should own this set, and anyone considering producing a DVD should take note of the production quality, camera work, and editing done by Black Belt Magazine - Video. This is the standard all should be striving for. 

November 26, 2013

"Domination" - Control the Wrist, Control the Game: Carlos Machado's Wrist Control Instructional

Red Black Belt Carlos Machado has just released a brand new instructional called "Domination," and it is all about controlling your opponents wrist/grips.  We all know the grip game is essential to BJJ and at the highest levels the first to dominate the grip is usually the first to win!



From Prof. Carlos:
"Want a better sweep game against a more seasoned opponent?  Want to escape easier against anyone, even if you are still a beginner?  How can a white belt last a bit longer against a black belt?  That, and many more answers can be found at this easy to follow, broken down video of my "Domination" concept, where the simple knowledge of how to control the wrist can become a game changer for students of all ages and levels.
 Remember, the one who controls the grip first will determine how the match
goes!"

So for those gentlemen bored on Black Friday while the ladies are out shopping, sit back and spend an hour with a legend improving your game while battling the tryptophan hang over.  It is only $19.99 and runs 50 minutes!   I am currently viewing it for a future review on The Ground Never Misses, but for those who can't wait click here to be redirected! 

August 23, 2012

"Unstoppable: Secrets of the Hook Flip" - DVD Review

We have been on a Machado kick here lately and I wanted to continue the theme with a review of 8th dan Prof. Carlos Machado's latest DVD instructional, "Unstoppable: Secrets to the Hook Flip."  Carlos has produced what many grapplers secretly wish for when we hear an established master is releasing a DVD; a comprehensive overview of ONE aspect of their game!  And the hook flip / sweep is arguably what all the Machado brothers are known for, especially Carlos.

The hooks game in general is believed to have been developed by Rolls Gracie (1951-1982) and Jean Jacques Machado in response to Rigan Machado's ability to break open closed guards and attack the legs.  Whether or not this is fact is inconsequential as the hooks in game is now a staple open guard strategy worldwide both in gi and no gi.



Filmed at his school in Dallas, TX. during a seminar that Carlos offered a couple years back, "Unstoppable" runs a solid 90 minutes of pure instructional material.  And again it only covers one aspect... the hook flip/sweep, broken down into these 12 chapters:

  • Setups
  • Controls
  • The Cup
  • Arm & Collar Control
  • Double Sleeve Control
  • Positioning 
  • Theories & Details of the Sweep
  • Guard Pass Prevention
  • Elbow Over Head Flip
  • Head Sweep
  • Cross Body Sweep
  • Opponent Stands

Check out the 1:00 minute and 2:00 minute mark for hook sweeps!

Easily navigate chapter to chapter, or play all progressively each chapter hosts a ton of information on fundamentals often overlooked by many practitioners and coaches alike.  Prof Carlos' attention to detail and progression of instruction is indicative of his 40+ years on the mat.  Notice the bulk of the chapters on the DVD are focused on control and positioning!  This is not accidental as the Machado brothers are adamant about ensuring you have control prior to attempting any offensive technique.  

Those looking for dozens and dozens of techniques should pass on this DVD.  "Unstoppable" is solely for those who are willing to work in a logical progression to better their understanding of the principles involved with the hook sweep.  Once the student understands the principle, then the variations on a theme are truly endless.  Yet many instructors neglect this aspect not only in their own training but also when they offer an instructional DVD.  Not here.... Carlos teaches a handful of sweep variations but the bulk of the 90 minutes is making sure you (the student) have a clear understanding of the fundamental aspects of the hook sweep game; grips / positioning / proper hooks / off balancing of your opponent / troubleshooting / and then the actual sweep!  This is the Machado approach to training.  Some call it OCD... others prefer "proper technique."

I have had the pleasure of training with Prof Carlos only once so far, but I will attest to his attention to detail.  And this DVD makes you feel as if you are right there taking a class in Dallas with Prof Machado.  

Another critical facet that Prof Machado covers is guard pass prevention / re-guarding your opponent.  I have seen few better then the Machado brothers at recovering a lost guard.  Carlos addresses the possibility of your guard getting passed and talks about several methods to use to block your opponent from passing.  Invaluable info here!!  

As with all RCJ Machado DVDs the quality is excellent.  Filmed in HD, with top notch editing, the only glitch I experienced was my "play all" function was finicky at best.  Sometimes it would start, other times it would take me back to the root menu.  Annoying, but overall a small detail.  Otherwise the picture and audio quality is top notch.  One note here though... unlike other instructionals that are filmed in studio, this was filmed at a seminar and the editors left it solely as if you were there.  If you want repeated scenes, slow motion, etc. then you are going to have to do it.  This is 90 minutes of non-repetitive instruction!  
Also I need to mention that it is about time that producers started putting some time and effort into the score of martial art DVDs!  "Unstoppable's" music is excellent!  Not obnoxious.  Not scene stealing.  Just a nice solid score reminiscent of a summer blockbuster.  


Click here to be re-directed to the RCJ Machado shop where you can purchase "Unstoppable" for a measily $29!  For under $30 you can dramatically improve your hooks game.

And if you would like to experience Carlos Machado's teaching in person, make sure to register today for the 5 Brothers Camp by clicking here!

Train Hard.  Train Smart.
Jake