Company: Gata Importer & Distributor
Tape Name: Attacks From The Guard:
Tape Cost: $29.95
Length of Tape/Time: Approximately 40 minutes
of Moves/Techniques: 14
Return Policy: Refund on damaged or defective tapes only
in dealing with this company: Great
The Instructor: Claudio Franca
Address: P.O. Box 902, Capitola, CA., 95010
Company's Phone Number: 408-465-9235
Main Grading Criteria
Instructors demonstrated skill level: 9
Comprehension Score: 8
to which this will make someone a better Martial Artist: 8
Degree to which we
would recommend this product: 8
Score on delivery vs hype: 9
Wasted Time (The
higher the number, the less " fluff "): 10
Playback Score/Watching it
over-and-over again): 9
Would I purchase more of this company's products: 9
grade based on cost vs value: 9
Grand Total: Revised to 88% ( Fair = 2 Stars
) Original score was 91%
Secondary Grading Criteria
Time to benefit: Immediate for most
of the material.
The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None
This is the first tape
in a four tape series by Gata Importers that deals with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. This
is a decently produced, no nonsense production that gets right to the techniques
and does not waste tape space with endless repetitions of the same technique. We
get an explanation by Mr. Franca at normal speed, a slow motion shot of the technique
and then it's on to the next technique. The techniques presented in this video are
presumed to be tournament techniques since that is how this video series is marketed.
Some, but certainly not all, of these techniques look like they would be street effective.
gives the viewer a quality production for their money. Although this video is relatively
short, there are a lot of techniques considering how inexpensive this video is.
material on this video is comprised of some basic gi chokes, leg chokes, and armbars
executed from the guard position. The camera angles are good and my only criticism
is that I had a problem at times understanding Mr. Franca because of his accent.
About halfway through the tape, I was able to adjust to his accent and I had no problem
If you are interested in tournament Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (and NHB
competition in general), then this video would be a nice purchase. Not recommended
for those with advanced grappling skills.