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Gracie Lifestyle Combatives Standard DVD Package
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- 65-page Gracie Combatives Blue Belt Qualification Handbook
- Poster-size 24"x36" Gracie Combatives Flowchart
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The Course Although Gracie Jiu-Jitsu consists of more than 600 techniques, studies of the fights conducted by members of the Gracie Family show that 36 techniques have been used more often, and with greater success, than all the other techniques combined. Originally developed for the U.S. Army, Gracie Combatives is the only course that is entirely dedicated to the mastery of these 36 essential techniques. Up until now, this course was taught exclusively at a small network of Gracie Academy certified training centers, but now, for the first time ever, the complete Gracie Combatives course is available on DVD and can be learned from the comfort of your own home. The Objective What makes the Gracie Combatives collection so unique is that it is the only instructional DVD series ever produced with the sole objective of taking the viewer - regardless of their age, gender or athletic ability - from no knowledge to street ready without ever stepping foot into a school of martial arts. Every other instructional video series to date was designed to give viewers additional techniques and tips to complement the training they were receiving at an actual school of martial arts, whereas the entire Gracie Combatives series was produced under the assumption that the viewer had absolutely no previous experience and, for one reason or another, would never have the privilege of learning at a Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Center.
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You are presented with 36 individual lessons dealing with individual techniques and variations within them that, per the Gracie brothers, are the most commonly needed for self defense (not necessarily for competition). Then these are blended into relatively simple reflex drills that help reinforce the techniques as well as transitions between the techniques. The techniques are then further blended into slightly more complex fight simulation drills that provide the opportunity to practice combinations of techniques in a more complete type of self defense situation. Knowing technique is not enough. Being able to transition from one technique to another quickly and smoothly is a critical skill. Indicators are provided to help you know when you should transition to which technique to give the maximum probability of success. This complete combination of information is something I haven't seen in other similar DVD sets.
For those who wish to test for a blue belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu, there are complete instructions on how to present your test in video format to the Gracie Jiu Jitsu headquarters for evaluation. I expect that a lot of people will object to the idea that you can do such a test by video. But there are stringent requirements for how you must set up the test (no multiple takes on an individual technique, or technique combination, within the test for example; it must all be one continuous video). The test you must present on video is exactly the same test that would be conducted if you were testing in person at the Gracie headquarters. Even for the video testing you must have a training partner providing adequate resistance and who is also trained enough in the system to convincingly play the role of the "bad guy" for the different techniques. It's not easy or a sure thing that you would pass. The Gracie brothers point out that there is a 50 percent fail rate on the testing.
Bottom line, I have never seen a DVD training curriculum as complete and thorough as this one. It also very well produced and the presentation quality is excellent. The Gracie brothers are clearly experts on the material they are presenting. Having trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu myself at a sport/competitive school to blue belt level, and having purchased Brazilian Jiu Jitsu DVDs in the past to supplement my in-person training, I was doubtful of the value of these kind of DVDs when I came across them. But I read a lot of reviews, mostly positive (some not so much), and decided to take a chance on them. I am so glad that I did. They greatly exceeded my expectations. I am using them actively now as a supplement to in person training. These are the best DVDs of their kind that I have ever come across.
Its is highly professional and well structured course in BJJ. The approach, breakdown of techniques and teaching methodology is flawless.This is vital on any distance learning approach and in reality the standard of teaching via this video will be higher than at many clubs.
Some people may attempt to dismiss it but its really good and a really great way to learn. With time, and a partner it is entirely possible to develop great foundation skills for your ground game with this programme.
I disagree with some of the opinions put forward as fact. Less than half of all street fights go to the ground. We research violence and aggression and found less than 39% do (adjusting for those who took the attacker to ground for restraint). Of those BJJ was academic as they were knocked down and attacked by a group. We found typically the victim is struck from the side or behind. But that aside, in a 1-2-1 situation or match fight the effectiveness of BJJ is unquestionable.
I question some of the techniques for the average man on the street - you should escape and run away asap not work for a prolonged ground offensive ;-( but, this is a truly excellent resource and with practice you can learn some great skills.
The best of its genre by far, well done the Gracies.
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