Company: Straight Blast Gym Productions
Tape Name: Tape 10 Four Quarter on Top & Tape 11 Four Quarter on Bottom
Tape Cost: $44.95 or $299.00 for the 12 tape series.
Length of Tape: Tape 10: 44 minutes & Tape 11: 46 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: Tape 10: 15 techniques & Tape 11: 13 techniques
Return Policy: Unknown
Experiences in dealing with this company: Excellent
The Instructor: Bob Bass/Rick Williams
Address: 1812 Ne 43rd Ave Portland Oregon 97213
Company's Phone Number: 503-230-79248
Web Page:

Primary Grading Criteria:

1. Production/Tape Quality: 10
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 10
3. Comprehension Score/Immediate Understanding: 10
4. Degree to which this will make someone a better Martial Artist: 10
5. Score on delivery vs. Hype: 10
6. Degree to which we would recommend this product: 10
7. Wasted time (The higher the number, the less "fluff"/repetition: 9
8. Playback Score/Watching it over and over again: 9
9. Would I purchase more of this company's product: 10
10. Overall grade based on cost vs. Value: 9

Grand Total: 97% (4.25 stars = Excellent)

Secondary Grading Criteria Series:

1. Beginners benefit: Excellent
2. Intermediate benefit: Excellent
3. Advanced benefit: Good
4. Time to benefit: Some Immediate, greatest benefit with practice
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None, although the entire series would benefit one the most.

Written Summary:

For an overview of the entire 12 tape series please see Passing the Guard Tape #1 (Review #279). Tapes 10 and 11 cover the Four Quarter Position both on Top and on the Bottom. These two video’s are up to par with the other tapes in this series. There are a number of techniques on this video that have not been seen on tape before. Throughout this series Bass and Williams really do try to give the viewers there money’s worth by showing new things that have not been seen on video. Of course some of the techniques will not be new however with all the tape series on the market today this is understandable as it is getting harder and harder to come up with new material. Of the material that has been seen before often I found an extra detail to the techniques that help me understand what was being done and why. These two tapes can stand alone for those that are interested in this particular area of ground grappling.

On the slightly negative side, without the long introduction and conclusion (11 minutes total for each tape) these two video’s would be 33 and 35 minutes in length. As I have stated in past reviews of some other the other tapes in this series I also believe that these two video could of been combined into one longer tape. This no doubt is better for the consumer and I do understand why Tape Companies make a larger set of tapes with a larger price tag, but as consumers we want the best bang for our buck! If you have the money this series will deliver the goods for those interested in Sport Jiu Jitsu. As I have stated before, of all the Sport Jiu Jitsu series available today this one would be at the top of the list.

Here is what you will find on these two video’s:

Tape 10:

- Good explanation of how a person typically gets to the Top position and the different positions your opponent may be in while he is on the bottom ie. Tight like a ball or with their base spread wide.

- the goals of the Top person are explained as follows: 1) to pull your opponent to the side or 2) get the hooks for the back mount. This is all explained in very good detail.

- how to get to your opponents back

- how to properly use your weight to control the person on the bottom

- various ways on how to turn someone over. One way shown was to grab you opponents arm and pull it away from their body. This could work but would be hard to pull off against a strong opponent. To Bass and Williams credit though they do show a counter if you can’t get your opponent’s arm.

- explanation of how to get the hooks in.

- several variations of collar chokes

- the clock choke

- several ways are shown how to set your opponent up from this position. Basically your giving your opponent something to get something.

- section on Rick teaching at the I.M.B.

Tape 11:

- explanation of how to get your opponent to their back and how to control them using your weight while obtaining side control.

- importance of trapping the top person’s arm high to prevent them from controlling your hips

-granby roll into an arm bar from the bottom position.

- roll into a knee bar.

- how to get your leg behind your opponent and roll into the side control position.

- several ways to obtain the guard position from the bottom

- how to roll forward to get the person’s back.

- Section on instruction at the I.M.B.

Overall another excellent job by Straight Blast Gym


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