BJJ Blue Belt Requirements 2 DVD Set by Roy Dean
Product Review (submitted on March 6, 2009):
I purchased this DVD on the advice of my professor, Tim Shears, at Gracie Barra Vancouver. I was looking for an introductory set, at an affordable price, that would provide some review materials to compliment my on the mat training.
This is a digestible collection of elementary techniques that will give a solid foundation to fundamental skills for BJJ beginners. I especially appreciated Prof Dean's discussions on tactics and movement from various guard positions. This was especially useful to me, a newbie, who often finds myself thinking "What do I do next?" during live rolling practice.
So, all included, this is a good set of elementary skills shown in crystal clear detail with good explanations.
On a personal note, I was impressed by the level of etiquette that Prof Dean brings to his classes. He clearly has absorbed some of the traditional Japanese etiquette, without being artificial or pretentious about it. I also have a background in aikidô, as does Roy Dean, although certainly not at his skill level. But as someone who practices both BJJ and aikidô, I greatly appreciated the harmonious way he combines both arts in his lifestyle. All too often, I've heard Sherdog meatheads dismiss Ueshiba as a kite-flying fraud. Dean provides a clear insight into the grace and beauty that is in *both* aikidô and BJJ.
In short, highly recommended to those whose bare feet are first touching the mats.
Thanks, Prof Dean!