Company: Gata Importer & Distributor
Tape Name: Escapes: Tape 3
Tape Cost: $29.95
Length of Tape/Time: Approximately 25 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 third tape in a four tape series by Gata Importers that deals with Brazilian JiuJitsu. Like the previous two tapes in this series, this video is geared for the NHB tournament martial artist. This video gives some basic techniques for escaping the side mount and top mount position and a few escapes for headlocks on the ground. This video also does not waste time with needless repetitions of techniques but instead shows the technique twice at demonstration speed and once in slow motion. After that, Mr. Franca moves on to the next technique.

The techniques shown on this video are not new to the experienced grappler but will be of much benefit to someone who has little to no experience in Brazilian JiuJitsu. While the tape is only about 25 minutes long, there are still 12 techniques presented which makes the tape a reasonable value. These moves would be effective on the street if the opponent is not skilled in this particular style of martial art. Mr. Franca is obviously a highly skilled grappler and my only criticism of this tape is that I had a hard time understanding Mr. Franca on the first viewing. On subsequent viewings, I was able to understand Mr. Franca without difficulty.

This tape is recommended for those martial artists who are new to ground grappling and want to learn the basic to intermediate techniques.


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