Company: Harris International
Tape Name: BJJ 101 Tape 2 Positional Dominance
Tape Cost: $59.00
Length of Tape: 42 min.
Number of Moves/Techniques: 16
Return Policy: Unknown
Experiences in dealing with this company: Excellent
The Instructor: Roy Harris
Company’s Address: 2260 El Cajon Blvd. #196, San Diego, CA 92104
Company’s Phone Number: 1.844.942.7747
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Primary Grading Criteria:

1. Production/Tape Quality: 10
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 10
3. Comprehension Score/Immediate Understanding: 10
4. Degree to which this will make someone a better Martial Artist: 10
5. Score on delivery vs. Hype: 10
6. Degree to which we would recommend this product: 10
7. Wasted time (The higher the number, the less “fluff”/repetition: 10
8. Playback Score/Watching it over and over again: 10
9. Would I purchase more of this company’s product: 10
10. Overall grade based on cost vs. Value: 9

Grand Total: 99% (Excellent = 4.75 stars)

Secondary Grading Criteria:

1. Beginners benefit: Excellent
2. Intermediate benefit: Very Good
3. Advanced benefit: Good
4. Time to benefit: Some Immediate, greatest benefit with practice
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Written Summary:

The second video of this series deals with positional dominance and is another first class job by Mr. Harris as he continues to bring us one of the best Instructional video’s on the fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. This video was a little shorter in running time than the previous video in the series. The actual Instructional portion of the video is approximately twenty eight minutes in length. The remainder of this video is made up of video clips of future releases and several of Roy’s fights. This video explains the rules of engagement as they relate to grappling. The first is to establish a superior position once the fight goes to the ground. The second is to never relinquish that position. The third is if you do find yourself in a inferior position to first establish base then escape and the fourth is to take your time. The first position dealt with is the mount. Mr. Harris explains the importance of space and weight. That is while you are mounted to keep your chest close to your opponent and your head down. Also your weight should be on your opponents upper torso. A good explanation of how to control someone in the mounted position using the above (space and weight) is given. At this point I personally would of liked to have seen more of an explanation and a demonstration of how to deal with a person who tries to bridge you. The basics for defending the mount are there but the bridge itself is never directly mentioned. Hopefully this area will be further addressed in future tapes

Next is shown how to dominate from the guard position. Stressed is the importance of keeping the person’s weight off of you. Mr. Harris shows you how to do this by 1) using your feet and arms. 2) by hooking with your legs using the top and back of your feet in order to control lateral movement. 3) by playing with their balance 4) Using the person neck and 5) their arms. Each of these movements are explained and demonstrated in excellent detail.

Positional dominance from the across side, kesa gatame and knee on the stomach is also shown. To Mr. Harris’s credit he shows how to put these techniques into combination. There are also various drills shown such as when one person tries to dominate from a position while the other tries to escape. Another point brought out in the video is the importance of grappling with your eyes closed in order to develop sensitivity. This really works! I highly recommend anyone to give it a try. The video ends with some more fight footage. Another excellent job Mr. Harris! (For more info on the series as a whole see review of tape 1).


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