Company: Panther Productionss
Name: Gracie Brazilian JiuJitsu - Purple Belt Techniques
Length of Tape/Time: 40 minutes
Return Policy: for damages and defects
in dealing with this company: Fair
Instructor: Carlson Gracie Jr
Company's Address: 1000 Century Blvd, Midwest, OK, 73110
Company's Phone Number: 1-800-626-2787
Web Page: http://www.centurymartialarts.com/accessories/media
Primary Grading Criteria:
Production/Tape Quality: 10
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 10
Comprehension Score/Immediate Understanding: 10
4. Degree to which this will make
someone a better Martial Artist: 9
5. Score on delivery vs hype: 8
to which we would recommend this product: 8
7. Wasted Time ( The higher the number,
the less " fluff" /repetition ): 10
8. Playback Score/Watching it over-and-over
9. Would I purchase more of this company's products: 9
grade based on cost vs. value: 9
Grand Total: 91% (Good = 2.75 Stars )
Secondary Grading Criteria:
Beginners benefit: Good
2. Intermediate benefit: Good
3. Advanced benefit:
4. Time to benefit: Most material is of immediate benefit.
5. The need
to buy additional tapes to understand this one: Probably
previous 2 tapes in this series, this one showed about 11 techniques, if you count
a couple of variations.
You know it's kind of tough grading a series, because
there are so many perspectives to look at it from. Such as: Does this one tape stand
on it's own? Are other tapes required to understand this one? Does this one tape
rise above or below the other tapes, and if it does, in judging the tape or series
fairly, could it have more value than originally thought? I must say that this tape
suprised me. I did see a couple of things on this tape that made me feel it had
more value than the previous two. That by no means is meant to imply yet one should
run out and get this series, just means it was a little bit better than the previous
two tapes. And so you are probably wondering "Well how much better was this
tape?" Let's just say that I couldn't picture watching the previous two tapes
more than 3 times each (if that). This one, I could picture watching maybe 6 times.
It still wasn't one of those kinds of tapes I could picture watching dozens of times,
hundreds of times, or everyday forever.
One of the biggest problems I have
with this series, that I've failed to mention until now, is this, at times it's very
hard to get through Silveria's accent and understand what he's saying. I found myself
in numerous places on each of these tapes, rewinding and playing certain techniques,
a half dozen times or more, trying to make out what was said. Is Silveria to blame
for this? In fairness to him, I think not. When it comes to tapes that are marketed
to English speaking cultures, and an instructor has a foreign accent that's so thick,
that after 6 rewinds you still can't understand him, here's what I suggest. The
tape production company should either put text at the bottom of the screen explaining
things, or at least, naming the technique. Throughout this series, Silveria used
names for certain techniques that I still can't figure out, and I really tried too.
I can't help but wonder why the tape production companies, or tape marketing companies,
don't first go through a tape, or it's master, and rectify this sort of issue.
As said, I saw some things on this tape I really liked. Techniques were
explained better and more thoroughly. Counters to techniques were covered better.
Transistional points-of-danger were covered better too.
Enough said, here's
what I saw:
1. Pass the Guard to the Side Control
2. Transitioning from
Mount to a Choke
3. Transitioning from Mount to an Arm Bar
4. Another Mount
5. Another Mount to an Arm Bar
6. Open Guard to Triangle (2 variations
7. Defending the Triangle to an Arm Bar
8. Avoiding escape from Side
9. Mount to Side Control
I'd say there were maybe 1 or 2 more
slight variations to numbers 1-9 from above, bringing once again the total number
of techniques to about 11.
In closing, this wasn't a bad tape, nor was it
great, somewhere in between, but IMHO better than the previous 2 in this series.
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