Karl Gotch calls him his best student. He was the training partner of Satoru Sayama (SHOOTO founder), Nobuhiko Takada (Takada Dojo founder), Akira Maeda (Fighting Network RINGS founder), Antonio Inoki (the professional wrestler that fought Muhammad Ali), and also trained and assisted in the training of Minoru Suzuki, Masakatsu Funaki, Ken Wayne Shamrock, and many others.
This is his instructional, long out of print and referred to as "The Holy Grail of Catch Wrestling", brought back in its entirety IN THE ORIGINAL JAPANESE (no translations or subtitles).
-Applying shin locks with the elbows and knees
-Inside and outside achilles locks (from standing and the ground)
-Transition to heel hook
-Simple escapes and reversals
-The near side inside toe-hold
-Hindu squats, fully demonstrated from multiple angles.
-Transitions from shinlock with the elbow to toe holds
-Step-over toe-hold variations
-Rough & tumble and gouging set-ups for toe-holds
-Toe-hold variations when someone has your back with hooks in.
-A clever set-up to a toe-hold from the side-double wristlock (this one is nasty!)
-Toe-holds from leg rides
-Introduction to knee bars
-a BRUTAL reverse banana-split submission
-Brief overview of the bio-mechanics of the arm joint.
-The proper way to apply the bread & butter hold of catch wrestling, the side double wrist lock (hint: grab the hand, NOT the wrist)
-How to set-up the DWL by "walking" over to it
-How to turn a useless top-wrist lock into a CRUEL shoulder lock.
-A DWL that you can secure with only two-fingers!
-Armbar from the head and arm (scarf hold)
-Gouging and rough & tumble set-ups
-A simple reversal out of a DWL into a hammerlock
-Attacks the abdominals and core from a variety of angles
-Tight wristlock set up into a straight arm-bar
-"Turking" to apply armbars with your legs!
-Really mean reverse armbars
-How to turn your opponent's single leg takedown attempt into a reverse armbar, neck crank, etc. with the sprawl and spin maneuver.
-Head & arm submissions and a simple way to bride out of the head & arm.
-Arms, different ways to strengthen the arms
-A very technical look at the triangle choke plus a variety of innovative set-ups
-Also, many other tips to make your no-gi chokes more effective and tight.
- 4 easy, do-them-anywhere, neck exercises. Bridging and wall-walking too.
-Crossfacing and neck cranks using your entire body to generate force.
-Gouges to set up neck-cranks (even neck cranks using the legs!)
All this, plus there are animated diagrams showing the force vectors and pressure points to use!
The ADVANCED course is just that, for the more advanced student.
Here is a sample of the menu to choose from on the ADVANCED course (DVD #2):
-How to maim a turtled opponent with toe holds, unique Achilles locks, cross faces, even your chin!
-How to blanket ride and make your opponent carry your weight
-Rough & Tumble and gouging tricks to force your opponent to open themselves up to submissions
-Choke, cranks, and strangle variations
-How to turn a simple cradle into an excruciating submission
-Nail the toe-hold from the ball & chain ride
-A clinic on toe-holds
-the INFAMOUS oil-check (yes, I think it was revealed on video here first)
-Shrimping (forward and reverse)
-The Gotch Bible
Advanced II (lots of chaining work here)
-How to ride your opponent and make them carry your weight when you are crossbody
-A simple method to counter a strong bridger when you have the mount
-How to use your chin & knuckles for submission from north & south (and lots more gouging and rough & tumble tactics)
-Wrist flex to shoulder lock to straight armbar chain
-Double wrist lock to wrist flex to armbar chain
-How to apply the achilles lock so that your opponent cannot stand up on you to counter
-Escape from the quarter nelson
-Counter your opponent when they have a single leg on you on the ground
-Reversal when your opponent has a bodylock on you on the ground
-Tricks to break your opponents grip
-More escapes and reversals!
-Rolls and falls (including pro-wrestling's "bump" method for absorbing the shocks from falling by distributing the energy over a larger surface area)
-A novel double wristlock takedown (hint: not the one you've seen Karo or Sakuraba do)
-Indian Club Swinging
There is also some footage from both some Japanese strong-style pro-wrestling and competitive shoot wrestling matches at the end.
Fujiwara shows a number of shoot wrestling techniques and submissions, with some unconvential entries and takedown counters. The language barrier proves no problem, as pain is universal! Also includes conditioning excercises. Good stuff!
Lot of pintfull tricks and movements that will help you in grappling competition or street situations.
Great DVD set. No subtitles but none are needed. The drawings of the pressure points in each technique are very helpful. The conditioning excercises are very useful as well.
very good stuff. its in japanese but thats not a problem its still perfectly understandable. this is a good buy!