Friday, 13 May 2011

No Gi Essentials, by Roy Dean

No Gi grappling is very popular. More and more martial artists are starting to train no gi and this DVD is tailored specifically for this. Roy Dean, a master of the martial arts has done an excellent job in providing no gi grappling lessons that all martial arts will find enlightening. No Gi Essentials is presented professionally, very practically and easy to understand by all.

Roy Dean starts by showing essential movements and grips. These concepts are very important for no gi fighting just as they are for gi fighting and Roy clearly gives this section adequate focus with demonstrations proving that what he teaches is 100% effective.

Many grappling DVDs, when demonstrating takedowns, focus merely on single leg and double leg takedowns with variations. Roy Dean’s takedown chapter however provides viewers with much more. His deep knowledge of other martial art styles comes into play here as he demonstrates many other takedowns which can be found in Judo, Sambo and other forms of submission wrestling. Being such an expert, Roy has combined all of his takedown knowledge from many arts to provide his own expression of martial arts and in this chapter, it is clear to see.

The arm drag chapter is given a great deal of focus. It is a very essential technique that must become second nature to no gi grapplers and Roy gives demos of how it can be effective from various different positions, also showing techniques that can easily be applied after the arm drag.

The kimura and the guillotine are also demonstrated by Roy but unlike other DVDs, Roy provides options. Options and variations for when these techniques go wrong/or are countered. Roy doesn’t simply show a few basic techniques, keeping the secrets for himself, rather, he passes on the vital knowledge needed to succeed, on to others, gained from his many years of training. This is one of the reasons why Roy Deans DVD’s as so special and should be obtained by all serious martial artists.

The rolling analysis is where Roy becomes your own personal tutor. Narrating his own sparring sessions, he describes his own movements along with his sparring partners. This is great for viewers, so as they can see the exact movements Roy demonstrates in this DVD in real action, proving there effectiveness. A lot can be learnt by studying this rolling analysis chapter.

Disc 2 starts by providing viewers with options and learning material from the guard and the mount. Many options are given from these two vital positions and again Roy does a great job of providing expert tuition.

The side mount escapes chapter is including also in disc 2. It is amazing to still see grapplers with not much knowledge in this area, and Roy provides options and ideas for the aspiring grappler to learn and drill. Roy also demonstrates “baiting”. A very important and effective way of opening your opponent’s ankles when in there guard, and something that all should be aware of.

Training for many years with Roy Harris has provided Roy Dean with great knowledge of leg locks. This DVD shows leg lock combinations, options and variations which every grappler should be aware of and should practise regularly.

This is a great DVD. It shows Roy Dean at his best. Not just as a martial artist but also as a teacher. He speaks clearly, keeps the DVD from not getting boring and most importantly provides no gi essential tuition. It should be purchased by all martial artists.



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Saturday, 7 May 2011

Art of the Wirstlock, by Roy Dean

Many people view Aikido as a waste of time. They see it as ineffective and not practical. Wrist locks, a major part of Aikido, have been around since the dawn of time. They are used amongst law enforcement officers throughout the world to restraint assailants however, for some reason martial artists do not use them to the degree that they should be used. This DVD by Brazilian Jiu Jitsu expert, Roy Dean, proves to you that they can be more effective than many people think and that with the correct training they can be made to fit in with modern BJJ.

The DVD begins with Roy introducing viewers to various styles of ju jutsu. Nearly every martial artist has heard of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu thanks to MMA but there are so many other styles of ju jutsu that have been practised for many years that no one has heard of. Roy does a good job of expanding the viewer’s knowledge and during this brief introduction, Roy describes to the viewers his own training in Aikido and why many deem it as ineffective.

The Basic 5 chapter is where Roy demonstrates the 5 basic techniques of Aikido. He does this slow and with understandable explanations coupled with expert tutorials. The Shihonage and Kotegaeshi chapters are also given thorough examination by Roy. These are very important movements in Aikido and Roy outlines there effectiveness with clear demonstrations.

The ground fighting chapter is what many BJJ, Judo and other submission fighters should find very enlightening. Here, Roy demonstrates how the techniques outlined in the chapters above can be applied through common ground fighting scenarios.

The demonstrations chapter not only teaches, but inspires and motivates. It provides some great watching material to give viewers the drive to get into the dojo, learn, drill and implement Roys teachings shown in this DVD. It really is great to see the master showing his prowess here.

Disc 2 is an extra treat for the viewers. It provides footage of 3 seminars held at the Yosokan Dojo in California and covers basic BJJ techniques and how they are combined and there correlation with Aikido techniques. Also no gi leg lock footage taken from one of the seminars is shown. This is very interesting to see, especially for martial artists not used to leg locks as the principles for wrist locks and leg locks are the same.

When viewers watch this DVD they will clearly see how Aikido wristlocks can be applied in BJJ, submission fighting and even MMA. Aikido has something to offer to non Aikidoka and Roy has done an excellent job in proving this. It is a DVD that should be purchased by all martial artists.



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