Company: Paladin Press
Tape Name: The Submission Encyclopedia, Parts 1 & 2
Tape Cost: $55.00
Length of Tape/Time: Approximate 120 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: Over 60 techniques, Eight different chaining sequences.
Return Policy: Defective or damaged merchandise only
Instructor: Mark Hatmaker
Company Address: 7077 Winchester Circle, Boulder Colorado 80301
Company Phone Number: 303.443.7250
Web Page:

Primary Grading Criteria:

Production Quality: 10
Instructors demonstrated skill level: 10
Comprehension Score/Immediate Understanding: 10
Degree to which this will make someone a better Martial Artist: 10
Score on Delivery Vs Hype: 10
Degree to which you would recommend this product: 10
Wasted time (The Higher the number, the less “Fluff “/repetition):10
Playback score/watching it over and over again: 10
Would I purchase more of this company’s products: 10
Overall grade based on cost vs value: 10

Grand Total: 100% (Excellent = 5 Stars)

Secondary Grading Criteria:

1. Beginners benefit: Excellent
2. Intermediate benefit: Excellent
3. Advanced benefit: Excellent
4. Time to benefit: Immediate
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Written Summary:

Most submission and grappling videos/DVDs on the market all choose to demonstrate many techniques to help you better your ground game, but the techniques alone will not make you an “Ultimate Fighter.” Mark Hatmaker’s Submission Encyclopedia DVDs shows over 60 different grappling techniques, but then takes it one step farther by putting these techniques together in a series that teaches you how to flow from one submission to another. He starts from a single reference point and proceeds to “chain” the submissions together. Great concept!

Like other Hatmaker products, he takes what has already been shown in other videos, gives an altered tweak to it and amazingly produces a superior submission. Since I originally came from a straight stand up background, I always referred to submission techniques as “magic” because of the amount of pain that could be inflicted without a tremendous amount of strength. Consider Hatmaker’s Submission Encyclopedia as “first class magic.”

The first series shown in this DVD set is the “Lullaby Series.” This series is for finishing the fight when you have your opponent’s back. Mr. Hatmaker starts with the basic sleeper, improves it and proceeds with a variety of variations. The speed choke, the reverse lever, the single arm choke, jaw cutter and reverse cross face are some of the fantastic techniques in this first series.

The “Turn the Corner Series” is the next submission chain. This used when you are in a top body position or lateral press hold. This chaining series begins with a cool variation of the top wrist lock and continues with the turned short arm scissors, dragging down arm bar, the figure four hook up, the slammed home double wrist lock and finishes with the chasing short arm scissors.

The “Hanging Leg Series,” is the next series. This series is utilized when you are standing and your opponent is laying down attempting to kick at you. The basic Achilles lock is shown and again an improved variation is revealed. He proceeds with the falling Achilles lock, a great heel hook, the heel compression, the heel toe hold, the step over, the standing figure four knee bar and the step over crank. He really shows how changing your body leverage even in small ways can produce a tapout much quicker than ever imagined.

Next in line is the “Reverse Cross Face Series.” This series covers techniques for when an opponent shoots in on you and gives you many variations aside from the old tired “Guillotine” which everyone knows how to defend. The reverse cross face, free hand clinch #1 & #2, follow to top wrist lock, missed top wrist lock to dorsal lock, dig to unblock dorsal, dorsal head scissors, head scissors to crocodile roll, dorsal to cross body double wrist lock and cross body double to closed short arm scissors. This series brought back some of the previous techniques and showed how most of these chains can be intermingled to give you a tremendous opportunity to submit from a variety of positions.

The “Stand Back Series” starts the second DVD in this set. It explains several escapes from a rear grab. The rear straight arm bar, counters to it, the resurrection, attack the bottom hand, attack the top hand and the elbow dig. Mr. Hatmaker then follows up with these maneuvers to do after you have accomplished the release. The shear turn, the shear to double wrist lock, the shear turn to kick over double wrist lock, the shear turn to short arm scissors, shear turn to maximum crank, shear turn to near cradle crunch and the wedge sag finally complete this series.

The “Reverse Full Nelson Series” is also utilized to exploit opponents who shoot with their heads down. The standard reverse full nelson, then the reverse full nelson with a leg hook assist, the reverse full nelson into the killing mount, the spreader and finishes with techniques for using a wall or the cage for NHB.

The second to last series is “The Arm Drag to Floating Sweep Series.” This series is used for fighting of your back or for switching the fight so you end up into a superior top position. This series starts by securing an arm drag from the back and turn it into a floating sweep to a top body / lateral press. Then the chain moves onto a head to head spreader, the floating sweep to far cross body scoop and the floating sweep to time hold. He then ends this chaining series with demonstrating an arm bar if your floating sweep gets blocked and a head to head roll.

The last series in this incredible DVD set is “The Squatting Series.” These are set ups from the top saddle position (The Mount). These consist of the hanging top wrist lock, the cobra choke, the side scissor choke, the mighty head crank, the figure four legs short arm scissors and the falling arm bar.

The very end of this DVD set actually shows Mr. Hatmaker drilling each series and his recommendations for chaining the techniques together for the absolute best results in your ground game.

The production quality on these DVDs are second to none. The filming is as perfect as I’ve seen and it is very apparent Mr. Hatmaker is a specialist at what he is teaching. Not only does he speak with clarity, but he demonstrates with clear, concise, confidence without being arrogant or condescending. He knows exactly how to illustrate the techniques for the camera and as a plus, a camera is placed above he and his partner to show an overhead view.

By getting this DVD, you will be able to magnify your leverage, exert less effort, elevate your ground skills immensely, and see your tap outs come much quicker. In my opinion, this set is worth more than the asking price. Mr. Mark Hatmaker has unquestionably delivered another top shelf, quality DVD.

DC - Reviewer

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