BJJ Instructional Video Set - How to Defeat the Bigger Stronger Opponent with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Series 1, by Emily Kwok and Stephan Kesting. Learn the Techniques, Tricks & Gameplans of a Black Belt World Champion
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This program was specifically created to help smaller grapplers hold their own in both gi and no-gi grappling. It was created by two BJJ blackbelts, Emily and Stephan, who have spent years getting their techniques, concepts and strategies to work against larger grapplers.
This is a condensed look at a world champion's game, and the pieces fit together consistently, easily, and seamlessly.
This program covers lots of super-effective techniques to solve your most commonly encountered grappling problems. But even more importantly, it includes the concepts and strategies behind the techniques, which makes them more instinctive, even more powerful, and much easier to remember!
As you master the material it'll become easier and less intimidating to fight big people. You won't get stuck in horrible positions as often, and you'll have a clear idea of what to do at every stage of a match.
DVD 1: Drills, Gi and No-Gi Gripfighting (1 hour, 39 minutes)
Emily starts by sharing her favorite drills. Warm up your body, build strength and endurance, and create a foundation for the rest of her system with these highly functional sport-specific movements.
In part 2 Emily gives you a detailed what-to-do breakdown of stand-up and ground-based gripfighting. She also shares specific gripfighting strategies and mindsets that have helped her win world titles in both gi and no-gi grappling competitions.
DVD 2: Compensating for Strength (2 hours, 24 minutes)
Not all guard positions keep you safe or are effective when you've facing someone who is much larger and heavier than you. Here Emily shares her favorite guard positions that work well against bigger people, and breaks them down so you'll be able to keep good position and successfully defend guard passing attempts. Plus she teaches you which sweeps work against ALL sizes of opponents.
In part 2 Emily takes you through her bread and butter guard passes that she uses again and again when facing larger opponents. Don't let guard passing turn into a battle of strength; use speed, leverage and timing instead!
In part 3, Emily teaches transitional escapes, sharing with you the strategies and mindset that completely changed her own approach to pin escapes. She also shows you the exact techniques you need to know in order to keep things moving, and to not end up completely flattened and helplessly pinned underneath your opponent.
DVD 3: Top Five Moves (1 hour, 15 minutes)
Every champion has his or her favorite 'go to' moves... In this DVD Emily shares her top 5 submissions, her top 5 guard sweeps, and her top 5 escapes and transitions for dealing with much larger people. Most importantly, she includes the tweaks and details that take 'regular' techniques and change them into 'giant-killer' moves.
Bonus DVD 1: Q & A Session with Emily Kwok (1 hour)
This DVD was filmed during a semi-private Q & A session in which Emily answered questions from white, blue, brown and blackbelts. She shared the tricks and techniques she uses on a daily basis against taller, heavier and much stronger training partners - no matter how 'agro' they are.
Bonus DVD 2: An Introduction to Total Body Stability, by Roy Duquette with Emily Kwok (1 hour)
In this unique bonus DVD, master strength and conditioning coach Roy Duquette puts Emily through a workout from his TBS system. The goal of this system is to strengthen, stabilize and protect the joints and muscles that are most susceptible to injury.
About the Actor
Emily Kwok is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blackbelt, and there are at least three reasons why you should listen to her if you want to learn how to handle yourself on the mat.
First of all, Emily is one hell of a competitor, so when she tells you that something works under pressure you'd better believe her!
When she was a brown belt she competed against blackbelts at the 2007 Mundials, and came away with a gold medal. That makes her a legitimate Brazilian Jiu-jitsu world champion (unlike some 'World Champions' who won their title at an event that nobody has ever heard of).
She competed and won in Smackgirl, the premiere womens MMA organization of it's time. Both as an amateur and a professional fighter.
Emily is also a no-gi champion. She's taken gold at the Pan Am No Gi Championships in the Absolute (no weight limit) division! And a silver medal in the World No-Gi Championships. Secondly, she's got an impeccable pedigree.
Emily has learned from many of the very best instructors in the world, including Marcus Soares, Ricardo Almeida and Renzo Gracie. And she's currently training and working with Marcelo Garcia...
Marcelo Garcia is probably the most famous grappler active today. He's a 5 time BJJ world champion and 4 time no-gi ADCC champion. But he's also been an absolute terror in the Absolute division, regularly facing and submitting much larger world-class opponents.
She's really taken the aspects of his game that most apply to smaller grapplers and created a system that she can now pass on to others.
So in addition to all her other experience, you also get the benefit of Emily reverse-engineering Marcelo's game for you!
Third, and most importantly, Emily is a born teacher.
She runs a school in Princeton New Jersey, where she teaches men and women of a wide range of sizes. She's also a Head Instructor and Co-Founder of Womens Grappling, the only organization that hosts women's-only training camps throughout North America.
Emily has worked, hands on, with literally thousands of people. Many of whom were on the smaller side and looking for a little extra help to deal with larger, stronger, heavier people. Many people have commented that Emily has the 'magic touch' for connecting to people, breaking down and teaching techniques in a way that makes them easy to learn and quick to implement.See all Editorial Reviews
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Disc 4 is a “Q & A with Emily Kwok.” Again, though I suspect this would be interesting, it is essentially useless as far as technique goes.
Disc 5 is “Introduction to Tota Body Stanility.” Yet another disc with no substantive material.
The series is expensive. I haven’t watched the two discs with substantive material yet. I like Kesting a lot. But I’m disappointed there are only two worthwhile discs in this five-disc series.
Stephan Kesting (Grapplearts) and Emily Kwok (Princeton BJJ) are the featured instructors on the video. They are respected and established in the martial arts (esp. BJJ) community. They both have a real knack for teaching. They speak clearly and use good examples for each technique. They usually show the technique from several perspectives so you catch all the relevant details. The production values are quite high and Professor Kesting has a ton of experience in making video productions and instructional materials. Both Profs. Kwok and Kesting have competed at a high level in both gi and no-gi competitions so they have a pedigree beyond just theory. This is complemented by their respect for the traditions of the arts they have studied.
The theme of the material is how to overcome a size/strength disadvantage. Spoiler Alert! This is not just for smaller BJJ practitioners, this is for everyone. I originally bought these DVD's to help me train with the other students at my school. I'm 200lbs. and many of the students I roll with are much lighter/smaller. I wanted to be able to help them cope with the larger partners in my school, some of which are up to 290lbs. Instead of occasionally getting crushed (in a good way) I thought this material would be able to help me generate ideas to level the playing field among the newer students. The DVD's are great for experienced students in reviewing details of techniques already known as well as a springboard for ideas to take your practice in new directions. For new students this is extremely helpful. This almost cheating! Private lessons are a LOT more expensive than the DVD's and while nothing could really compare to getting a private lesson with Profs. Kwok/Kesting (or your own teacher too!), this is something in between. A pretty good compromise.
Overall a good product and money well spent. If you are sneaky you'll study up and not let you fellow students know for about six months (kidding), but I am sure this can help anyone improve. I look forward to their future releases.
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