I will be blatantly honest here and say outright that this material and the format it is presented is geared towards the intermediate to advanced grappler. Not to say beginners could not glean a lot from the lessons contained in the three hours here, but Jean Jacques assumes a base knowledge for the viewer. Again he lays out a strategy and game plan, so this is not the conventional "let me show you every arm bar from the guard" type of training. In lieu of being exhaustive JJM has pinpointed some choice techniques and grouped them into the following categories over three disks:
- Passing the Guard
- Attacking from the Guard
- Top Attacks
- Art of Pulling Guard
- Mixed Martial Arts
For instance when approaching the single leg Machado takes on the subject from all angles; literally. Walking the student through each scenario when grips are attained: push / pull / neutral, Jean Jacques lays the groundwork for understanding the principle, not just memorizing wrote technique. Your entry to the single is predicated on their response to the manipulation stimuli. Ultimately they have limited options as to which way they can go, and all options leave a leg exposed. A glimpse inside the mind of a master is rare, and that they can convey such information is even more rare. Practitioners of all levels will reference this DVD set over and over throughout your martial journey.
I have yet to read the two volume text of the same name; "Grapplers Handbook" so I cannot speak as to how much they are similar or different, though I have it by good measure that Jay and Jean Jacques cover much more detail in this DVD set. But you can purchase the 3 disk DVD set via Amazon by clicking here which will open a new tab on your browser. Every serious grappling student should own this set, and anyone considering producing a DVD should take note of the production quality, camera work, and editing done by Black Belt Magazine - Video. This is the standard all should be striving for.