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THE DEFENSIVE GUARD by RYAN HALL

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RECOMMENDATION:

Yes!  A white belt must have!  Also for anyone who has forgotten what the guard was primarily designed for.  Intermediate and Advanced players will also benefit from Ryan’s conceptual/philosophical outlook on the guard.

OPINION:

Like all of Ryan Hall’s instructional DVD’s, this one is crammed packed full of theory.  This is not simply a series of techniques or moves.  This is a well thought out and layered approach to a PRINCIPLE (or set of them) that he demonstrates through specific techniques.  The theme of Building Your Wall is hammered into the viewer. This may seem redundant, but with each chapter there are subtle differences and details that are important.

If you are not familiar with Ryan Hall, then understand this:  He thinks and speaks quickly. So the viewer must pay attention.  The casual viewer is sure to miss key details.  He gives constant analogies and examples to illustrate his message.

This 3 disc set is lengthy!  No one can (or should) sit through all of it in one sitting. It s just too much to digest.  The best way to extract the information is to watch Disc 1 several times over a couple days and let the information sink in.  Then move on to Disc 2, etc.

If you want your guard to get better, this is a great investment.

JEFF GLOVER – DEEP HALF GUARD DVD

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RECOMMENDATION:

Yes.  This is for anyone who wants to begin playing with the Deep Half Guard, probably around Blue Belt.  I would also recommend this for anyone who is of smaller stature.

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OPINION:

Jeff Glover’s 2-disc DVD instructional is an entertaining and informative journey through an unusual position in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu…THE DEEP HALF GUARD.  Jeff Glover, who is an extremely decorated BJJ competitor, is known for his limber and playful style, his wicked Darce Choke and of course, the Deep Half Guard position. Because he is smaller man he finds benefit of playing such an unorthodox guard because the opponent’s weight isn’t directly over to smash him.  By using the Deep Half Guard, he positions himself under just one of his opponent’s legs and controls it with all four of his limbs.  Using this control he is able to off balance and sweep his opponent.

The first disc of the set is entirely dedicated to the Deep Half Guard.  Jeff sets off the first section with the defensive side of the position by showing how to escape the gamut of bad positions (Back, Mount, Side Control, Knee-on-belly, Reverse Knee-on-belly, and the Front Headlock) into the Deep Half Guard.  He explains the step-by-step movements of the escape techniques very well, ultimately ending up in the Deep Half.  Next, Jeff teaches a series of entrances into the Deep Half Guard from a more neutral position such as the normal half guard and the open guard.  Lastly, Jeff covers a variety of sweeps from the Deep Half Guard.  This disc also includes some bonus material, such as an interview with Jeff, several of his competition matches, and a TIPS section.  This TIPS section has great detail and is where Jeff emphasizes key components to the half guard and how to avoid common errors.

The second disc is a nice treat because it goes beyond the Deep Half Guard.  Jeff flips the role of the position and starts off the disc by Continue reading JEFF GLOVER – DEEP HALF GUARD DVD