Company: Gata Importer & Distributor
Tape Name: Attacks from the Side and Top Position
Tape Cost: $29.95
Length of Tape/Time: Approximately 25 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: 13
Return Policy: Refund on damaged or defective tapes only
Experiences in dealing with this company: Great.
The Instructor: Claudio Franca
Company's Address: P.O. 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 fourth and final tape in this series from Gata Importers featuring Claudio Franca demonstrating techniques from Brazilian JiuJitsu. This video deals with finishing moves from the side mount and top mount position. There are 13 good techniques on this video and while experienced grapplers will consider these techniques as basic, those martial artists who have little to no experience in grappling will find them very useful. As far as the street effectiveness of these moves, they are probably highly effective as long as the opponent is not skilled in the grappling arts. These finishing moves consist primarily of armbars and chokes and are commonly seen moves in many submission fighting events.

This tape is relatively short ( about 25 minutes ), but like the other tapes in this series, there is no wasted time on needless repetition. The moves are demonstrated twice, and then on to the next technique. Even though this tape is only 25 minutes long, it is still a good value.

I would recommend this video to martial artists who have little or no prior training in the grappling arts, and for those who are advanced students, most should find this material to be a good review.


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