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Caio Terra blew me away the release of “Modern Jiu Jitsu”. It has far and away the best production value of any Brazilian Jiu Jitsu DVD ever. The moves are explained in extreme detail at as perfect of a pace you are going to get. The freeze framing and slow motion are used to absolute perfection in this series and the techniques are solid. Each technique flows into the next technique which really helps for picking up sequences which are essential to good Jiu Jitsu. Being of smaller size Caio only uses techniques that work and his abilities have been proven by winning multiple open-weight competitions despite him only being a rooster weight. With 140 specific techniques and 5 hours of instruction, this is an excellent pickup.
Saulo Riberio released Jiu Jitsu Revolution in 2004 but I am still using it for instruction. One of the things I have noticed about using Saulo’s videos is that when I watch a technique and apply it in class, it’s a technique I continue to use and it doesn’t just drop off into BJJ technique pergatory. I do the below example technique virtually every single time I open someone’s guard. The techniques he shows are very focused on tight and proper control, which is what I believe is key to a sound BJJ base. He also takes time to show techniques he believes are ineffective and his preferences instead (his back mount philosophy is a personal favorite).
Saulo’s basics and fundamentals are some of the best ever put on DVD.
Released in 2007, many felt “The Science of Jiu Jitsu” was ground breaking BJJ DVD stuff. It had exquisite details for fundamental and advanced concepts alike. Beyond showing simple moves, Demain Maia shows specific variations one can make to the angle of an arm to increase it’s power and control. One of my favorite aspects of this DVD Set is his guard retention segment. His win over Jacare is a prime example of his guard retention abilities. He doesn’t just show moves, he examines concepts and theories that are transferable to any position. A must have set indeed.
This is the only set I’ve listed that focuses on a single position, but man does this DVD change your back attacks forever. I can watch some of the moves in this DVD, immediately go to practice and hit them all over the place. They are just THAT effective. Beyond individual techniques Ryan discusses principles and concepts that will change the way you play your game. Don’t fear, Ryan Hall flexibility levels not required. (I just wanted to agree that you can do this stuff without being flexible! ~ Brendan)
In my opinion, the second best DVD set in regards to production quality, Cobrinha, like Maia, also covers excellent guard retention techniques to compliment your game. He also introduces the viewers to more advanced techniques such as the reverse de la riva and spider guards. His competition videos included with the DVD set are an awesome added bonus.
Hands down, one of the most innovative DVDs put out in a long time. I own this personally, and have trained with Caio Terra. The DVD is incredible and the techniques are amazing.Copy Caio Terra’s Half Guard Techniques now!
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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 28, 2012
Brendan is the Founder and mastermind behind Gireviews.net. He is currently a Purple belt training in both gi and no gi. By day he is a elementary school teacher, by night, a jedi gi reviewer!