Tape Name: Mastering Grappling and Groundfighting,
Volume 2, Grappling Fundamentals
Tape Cost: $49.99
Length of Tape: 36 min.
Number of Moves/Techniques: 21 plus some variations
Return Policy: Video tapes
are non returnable. Defective tapes will be replaced with same title only.
in dealing with this company: Excellent
The Instructor: Scott Shields
Address: 335 Billingsley Road, Charlotte, NC 28211
Company’s Phone Number: 1-800-774-6284
Web Page: http://boxergenics.com
Primary Grading Criteria:
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 10
3. Comprehension Score/Immediate
4. Degree to which this will make someone a better Martial Artist:
5. Score on delivery vs. Hype: 9
6. Degree to which we would recommend this
7. Wasted time (The higher the number, the less “fluff”/repetition:
8. Playback Score/Watching it over and over again: 9
9. Would I purchase
more of this company’s product: 10
10. Overall grade based on cost vs. Value:
Grand Total: 94% (Good = 3.5 stars)
Secondary Grading Criteria:
2. Intermediate benefit: Fair
3. Advanced benefit: Poor
Time to benefit: Immediate
The need to buy additional tapes to understand this
This video is Volume
2 of a 6 video series entitled Mastering Grappling & Groundfighting by Instructor
Scott Shields. This volume deals with Grappling Fundamentals. This tape is clearly
meant for beginners. If you are an intermediate to advance student you will want
to pass on this tape. If you are a beginning student this video does contain a lot
of very good basic information for someone interested in grappling. This series
draws from a combination of Jiu Jitsu, Sambo, Shootwrestling and Dumog.
first 16 minutes of this video is dedicated to stabilizing the various positions.
The positions covered are the mount, cross body, scarfhold and the guard. A lot
of tapes fail to cover this area of ground fighting and just show various submission
holds without first covering the basics. Mr. Shields gives a good explanation of
how to control someone from each of these positions. He also shows how to properly
protect yourself from punches when you have someone in the guard position. I would
of liked to of seen Mr. Shields better explain the importance of switching from position
to position while your opponent is trying to escape. He does briefly cover this
but I felt a better explanation of this would of been helpful. Maybe this aspect
is covered on one of the other tapes in his series? At the end of the video though
there is a excellent segment where Scott demonstrates how to control and switch from
position to position.
The next portion of the tape is dedicated to solo
and partner drills. These are all excellent drills and will improve a persons grappling
ability. Here is what you will see. Hip scape, dragging hip exercise, 4 corner drill,
shoulder bridging, leg extension drill, reverse squats and a spin drill. Mr Shields
also explains the practical use of each of these drills.
On a final note
I would say that this video is quite expensive as it is only 36 minutes long and
I feel that $49.95 is asking a lot. The entire 6 tape series sells for $250.00.
I could think of a few other tape series I would like to own for that type of money
ie Mario Sperry series 1 or 2 (BTW I also think that Sperry’s are overpriced). If
the price was lower on this series it would be graded higher. There actually is
a lot of very good (technically sound) information on this tape. Also I would of
liked to of been able to review the rest of the video’s in the series. This video
is obviously just one piece of the puzzle and we at MAVR and our readers would be
able to get a better idea of how good this tape set is if we were able to review
the entire series.