Company: World Grappling Federation
Tape Name: Oleg Taktarov Series - Tape Two - Setting up submissions on the ground
Tape Cost: $ 24.99 ( All five tapes of series $ 99.95 ) + s/h $4 per tape , $ 12 max. per order
Length of Tape/Time: 50 min.
Number of Moves/Techniques: Ten
Return Policy: Unknown
Experiences in dealing with this company: Unknown
The Instructor: Oleg Taktarov
Company's Address: P.O.Box 366 , Lakeside , CA 92040
Company's Phone Number: (619) 938-0611
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Primary Grading Criteria:

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

Grand Total: 93 %

1. 80%-100% = 93%
2. Poor, Fair, Good, Excellent = Good
3. 0-5 stars = 3.25 stars

Secondary Grading Criteria:

1. Beginners benefit: Fair
2. Intermediate benefit: Good
3. Advanced benefit: Good
4. Time to benefit: Practice makes perfect
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Written Summary:

As shown by the percentage value above, I liked this second video by Mr. Taktarov somewhat more than his first one. It also seems that I owe Mr. Taktarov an apology. I still feel that Mr. Taktarov's approach is too technique (as opposed to concept or principal) oriented and that some of his techniques are not the safest and simplest options, given the situation and positioning; but the second video shows that Mr. Taktarov does have a solid grasp of at least some of the basic principles of grappling.

As the title suggests, this video concentrates on setting up submissions on the ground. In other words, it deals with being on the offensive. One of the most important principles, if not the most important one, when on the offensive, is to "keep it tight ". Having achieved a superior, controlling position, the first essential is to deny the opponent any room to move. If I am in control, in a superior position, using my body-weight to pin my opponent down, and I keep everything tight as I apply a submission, my opponent will have problems moving, therefore will have problems escaping. To escape you need to move, to move you need space. Mr. Taktarov repeatedly emphasises the need to keep it tight. So I was wrong in assuming that Mr. Taktarov knows nothing of basic grappling principles.

However, the techniques shown on the first video and a lot of what I have seen of Mr. Taktarov in NHB events does leave one wondering why he does not apply them more consistently? Anyway, the video covers ten techniques :

1. Straight arm-bar from the mount
2. Straight arm-bar from the guard
3. Straight arm-bar from the 100 kilo/cross position
4. Choke from rear mounted position with opponent flat on belly
5. Reversal from open guard to mounted position to wrist-lock
6. Passing the guard to an ankle-lock
7. Reversal from being rear-mounted via a roll-through into a knee-bar
8. The Texas Move
9. Leg-lock ex open guard against standing opponent
10. Leg-lock against opponent who is in the half-guard position on top of one

So much for a list of contents. There is a lot of interesting material here and, although the reviewer was taught some of these techniques in slightly different ways, the old saying that there is more than one way to skin a cat, surely applies. Again, in spite of the fact that I felt this video to be technically better than the first one, I do not feel that it is one of the top ten grappling videos ever, not with the likes of Mr. Sperry, Mr. Carvahlo and Mr. Harris out there.

After one has acquired the top ten grappling videos though, I would think that this video would make for some interesting watching and experimentation.


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