of the Trade
Produced by: Greenwhale
Review by: Karlinhos
is a fun, first venture DVD from Green Whale.
It features interviews as well as techniques
from notables such as Bao Quach (Team Oyama),
Marco Nascimento (Pitbull Team), Mauricio "Tinguinha"
Mariano and Gustavo "Guga" Machado
(Gracie Barra Team), Joe Camacho (Aloisio Silva
Dojo), and the ever lovely Ulysses "Useless"
Gomez (Cobra Kai Jiu-Jitsu).
video magazine DVD is hosted by Roslynn K of
now Tools of the Trade is being sold for a mere
$17, which by itself is a GREAT deal, ut now,
for a short time, shipping is FREE! Take advantage,
because who knows how long this deal will last!
Produced by: Grapplechaun
been looking to sampling this DVD for quite
sometime now, and when I finally got the opportunity
I wasn't dissapointed. This DVD was produced
and released by "Grapplechaun", a
regular to many, many tournaments and the sibling
of an individual that probably frequent's even
DVD is very entertaining throughout, from watching
Eddie Bravo get "dissed" to watching
him succeed, numerous times... at applying the
"Twister" to many unsuspecting victims.
also plenty of other comedic footage that's
a nice mix with the all the fight footage.
one minor gripe... steady on the camera work
Grapplechaun! Find a spot. Plant it... and shoot.
Outside the Guard, Vol I & II
recently got a hold of Randy’s newest tape series,
and decided to offer my thoughts... so here we go.
Outside the Guard, Vol. I - approx. 35 mins.
tape starts off with some solo warm up moves such
as reviewing the different variations of the “snake
move” and its fundamentals. Most of the moves
on this tape are based on the “snake move”.
then moves on to warming up with a partner. He reviews
grip and rolling techniques and then moves onto spider
guard warm-up suggestions.
following techniques are covered on this tape set:
different sweeps from the “feet in” guard.
(more grip tech review)
4 sweep variations/counters from half guard
sweep/sub variations/counters from open guard
Outside the Guard, Vol. II – approx.
positions covered on Vol. II are attacks/counters
from open guard, with one foot half up (on hip) and
standing (sweeps and attacks)
quickly reviews the details of the spider guard and
exercises to prepare one’s self for this technique.
then reviews 2 basic sweeps from open guard to set
up the instruction and lay a foundation for the rest
following techniques are covered on this tape set:
“sneaky” chokes from open/spider guard,
against a resisting/posturing opponent.
sweeps from open/spider guard.
quick sub from spider guard.
“fancy” sweep to sub (armbar). When I
say “fancy”, don’t think it’s
one of those techniques that won’t work. I saw
this exact technique recently work in a brown belt
sweeps/subs against a standing/posturing opponent.
sweep to kneebar against a standing opponent.
sweep to Achilles attack against a standing opponent.
countering/passing spider guard techniques being used
against you, while you’re standing.
you find you’re looking for some new sweep/attack
ideas from the various guard positions, this tape
is a great resource that just may fill those gaps
in your game.
is good at communicating the how’s and why’s
of the techniques so that you fully understand and
comprehend what he’s teaching you.
people that will benefit most from this tape set are
advanced white belts and higher. A basic understanding
and foundation of the fundamentals of BJJ are necessary
to get the most out of this tape set. This is not
a beginner series.
note: As a bonus for all you 80’s music lovers,
the music on this instructional series is written
and performed by Duran-Duran guitarist, John Taylor.
side note: Seeing Randy’s various hair styles
throughout this tape series is worth the price of
recently got a hold of one of the new Koral gi-material,
hooded jackets. I, for one, really dig the idea of
making things out of gi material... duffle bags, backpacks, shorts…
and now hooded jackets!
jacket is made of gi material and canvas. The hood
and certain sections of the body are canvas, but the
majority is gi material.
jacket is pretty warm, considering it’s not
lined, but yet it’s not too hot in moderate
temperature settings. It also has drawstrings on the
sleeves, the waistline and the hood. That way, you
can cinch it tight to keep the warmth in or the cold
out at any specific location on the jacket.
only design flaw I feel are the pockets. The openings
are placed a little too far back. The opening is right
next to the side vertical stitching. You get the urge
to wanna keep pulling your hands towards the front
Koral could have produced something simple and basic,
they opted to make an effort and do a nice job with
this jacket. It’s very well made, with a lot
of attention to detail. This jacket is durable, andI
think will last a long time.
in mind, if you order one, they run a little large.
Unlike a lot of the clothes from Brazil that I’ve
experienced, this jacket runs bigger, rather than
smaller. I’m about 5’10, 190lbs., and
usually wear an XL t-shirt and a Large in jackets.
I picked up a Medium Koral jacket and it fits perfect,
with a little room to spare in the sleeve length (I
have long arms).
the time of this review, they weren't yet up on the
but they are available and I'm sure Gilberto will
gladly take your order and send one out to you. You
can also visit him at his store front at 4646 Manhattan
Beach Blvd, Lawndale, CA 90260 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 21, 2003
Marc Laimon Seminar
Todd “AZChokester” Gerrish
Saturday, October 18, 2003, world class Brazilian
Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, Marc Laimon, conducted a seminar
at the Laurita Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Phoenix,
Arizona. I anxiously anticipated this seminar because
I have seen Marc compete against some of the best,
and he looked very impressive. Also, Marc’s
students always seem to be well prepared and ready
to compete at all tournaments.
began the seminar by getting right down to
business. He began
by teaching some interesting open guard techniques.
I was amazed at Marc’s innate ability
to communicate the small details of the different
positions, which make the difference between
success and failure. Marc then covered various
sweeps, and the nuances of each, which allow
you to complete the technique successfully
on bigger, stronger opponents.
Marc moved onto submissions. He showed different
variations of the triangle. What amazed me
the most was his complete understanding of
the techniques. He explained that the ability
to time an attack is crucial in Brazilian
then demonstrated the set ups for the clock
choke from various transitions/positions.
was very attentive and responsive throughout
the seminar, answering all questions posed
to him. Along with verbally answering the
questions, he would also demonstrate what
he was explaining.
the seminar wound down, Marc opened it up
to questions and continued to go over the
various positions that the students requested.
in attendance were thoroughly impressed with the level
of Marc’s Jiu-Jitsu. I have attended some great
seminars in the past, and some not so great. Marc’s
seminar was one of the best I’ve been to. All
of the techniques were taught in a sequential manner,
or in a progression that would likely occur during
a match. Marc shared his philosophy of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu,
which is to ATTACK! Marc possesses the mental attitude
of a hungry shark when he does his Jiu-Jitsu.
you have the opportunity to attend a Marc Laimon seminar,
GO! If your school can sponsor Marc for a seminar,
I would strongly recommend it.
Laimon is truly one of the most technically gifted
grapplers in the world today.
October 19, 2003
BLOOM’S Basic to Intermediate Escapes, Vol.
I & II
off, these DVD’s are of superb and exceptional
production clarity and quality… excellent
lighting, sound, etc. Now, on to the summary/review.
Randy goes over the proper posture and positioning
to avoid chokes from within someone’s guard.
He then reviews some techniques to release your opponent’s
grips when he’s trying to apply a lapel choke.
then transitions to showing three (3) different blocks
for collar chokes while in your opponent’s guard
and one (1) technique blocking the cross choke after
it’s locked in.
shows a bridge/roll escape, and the basic pushing
the leg over your head and crawling up technique.
then demo’s how to drill these two (2) escape
techniques, showing how to gradually increase the
pace and intensity with every series.
then goes over an escape with the basic, straight
armbar already caught, with the climb, stack and pull
arm out technique. He then reviews that same variation,
again, with the straight armbar being caught, climbing,
stacking and then choking your opponent, and then
pulling your arm out.
this series, Randy reviews one basic, but effective
way to block the triangle attempt and the proper positioning
to avoid a triangle.
then goes over how to escape a triangle that’s
already been locked in, while transitioning to side
reviews one escape from a caught guillotine on the
ground, in the closed guard. He demonstrates the push
arm down over head and posture up technique. Again,
a simple, but effective technique if your timing and
execution is right.
Plata Escapes and Defenses
basic rolling escape is demonstrated first, then Randy
shows how to block your opponent from moving forward,
applying the pressure and cranking your shoulder.
then proceeds to demonstrate a technique that follows
the oma plata block, into a sweep out of the submission.
Escape – From a Sitting Position
reviews being caught from behind by opponents with
long legs and short legs.
legged opponent – Defense from an attack from
behind with hooks. Remove one hook, snake to side
and turn to side control.
legged opponent – Here, Randy shows two (2)
techniques. The first is a leg-pinning technique,
the second is a toe-grabbing technique. Randy then
demonstrates a submission technique after the escape
then gets into the submission mood and quickly demonstrates
a couple of quick choke/armbar combo submissions.
(more bonus stuff)
collecting himself, he then goes back to teaching
escapes. He demonstrates a technique where you control
the arm, roll to side, remove both hooks (one at a
time), then climb up controlled arm to side control.
covers a variety of positions your opponent may have
has NO hooks – Roll the opponent (before he
gets a hook in). Controlling your opponent’s
arm, and rolling by oompa’ing the person off
of your back, then controlling the position.
has ONE hook in – Arm control, rolling escape.
has TWO hooks in - remove one hook, oompa/roll into
a control position.
the standard chest to chest side control position,
Randy shows how to set up the oompa and snake move
to guard replacing technique.
there Randy shows how to neutralize an opponent who
wants to go from side control to mount. Randy shows
how to time the move and snake to the side, trap the
base leg, push the opponent over, towards his own
momentum. Continue to sweep and take the back.
shows a few basic escapes from this position. First
he demonstrates the roll backwards and over technique.
Making sure to tuck your knee in and taking the back.
next option Randy shows is controlling your opponent,
legs straight up, swing them to one side, then the
other, rolling your opponent over.
next position is when your opponent is mounted high
up on you. The bridge and push off technique is taught
for escaping this position.
Randy uses a slightly different approach to this series.
He shows the techniques, on his partner, then reviews
them again using his two students while being in the
instructor position. With this approach, you get to
see them being taught/shown from a slightly different
perspective than normal. This approach offers yet
another way to learn the techniques, and for some
it may be better.
of the techniques shown in this series are admittedly
(by Randy) white and blue belt level techniques, inching
up on purple belt level. Don’t be discouraged
by that disclaimer. There just may be a few techniques
you’ve never seen before or maybe completely
forgot. The techniques are simple and basic, but effective.
sum up, if you’re looking to brush up on your
basics or learn some good, solid, foundation-building
escape techniques, this latest series from Randy is
a great supplement. They are shown in an easy to understand
luck and good training!