Company: Gata Importer & Distributor
Tape Name: Passing The Guard: Tape 2
Tape Cost: $29.95
Length of Tape/Time: Approximately 30 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: 12
Return Policy: Refund on damaged or defective tapes only
Experiences in dealing with this company: Great.
The Instructor: Claudio Franca
Company's Address: PO Box 902, Capitola, CA., 95010
Company's Phone Number: 408-465-9235
Web Page:
E-Mail: Don't know.

Main Grading Criteria

Production/Tape Quality: 9
Instructors demonstrated skill level: 9
Comprehension Score: 9
Degree 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
Overall grade based on cost vs value: 9

Grand Total: Revised to 89% ( Fair = 2.25 Stars ) Original score was 91%

Secondary Grading Criteria

Beginners: Good
Intermediate: Good
Advanced: Fair
Time to benefit: Immediate for most of the material.
The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Written Summary:

This is the second tape in a four tape series by Gata Importer that deals with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. As in the previous tapes in this series, this video is a concise no nonsense look at some tournament techniques and is directed at the NHB martial artists. This video is well produced and although short, it does not waste time with needless repetitions of techniques. Mr. Franca gets right to the point quickly and covers a lot of material for a 30 minute video.

The techniques on this tape deal primarily with passing the guard and with counters to these attempts. Most of the material is directed at beginning to intermediate martial artists, and I would estimate that just over half of the techniques shown are street effective. Mr. Franca's accent takes a bit of getting used to but I was comfortable with his explanations after the second viewing of this video.

This video is a good buy if you are interested in tournament jiujitsu and need to learn a few basic to intermediate moves on dealing with the guard position. Not recommended for experienced grapplers.


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