Not that anyone asked but my nomination for martial arts DVD of the year for 2014 is unquestionably Roy Dean's "Pure Rolling." A three disk DVD unlike any other you have seen, as it is not proper to categorize it as an "instructional" as it does not offer a traditional lesson. But "Pure Rolling" is much more then a pure documentary as to the trained eye there is actually a TON of lessons to be seen. A unique offering from one of the most philosophical grapplers out there, Roy Dean.
Filmed by renowned documentary film maker Stuart Cooper, Pure Rolling brings the best out of the two sharpest minds in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu today. Roy Dean and seven of his students are filmed free rolling/sparring at their home dojo in Bend, OR. where slow motion, replays, and commentary offer the viewer a glimpse into the strategy and application of students when they free roll. Analysis by Roy Dean himself as he watches the film with you offering commentary and slowing down critical key points and elements. Coupled with the technical prowess of Cooper along with his understanding of how to film rolling, makes this one of the best DVD's I have seen in quite some time.
The complexity is actually in the simplicity of this film, and if I may be so bold to say so... I can't believe no one thought of this years ago! I mean professional sports teams have used video technology since it has been affordable, why shouldn't grapplers? One of the best things I have ever done as a stand up martial artist and a BJJ grappler is analyze myself on film. Be it free rolling, competing, or simply practicing, one can see many areas that are in need of improvement from video analysis. This video offers insight into a handful of different games, sizes, ranks, and experiences. The diversity of which is well represented and caught by Stuart Coopers sharp eye, alongside the commentary by Roy Dean (competitor, teacher, student of Roy Harris) whose experience speaks for itself.
A great idea that I am sure is going to be mimicked and become standard in no time, but remember where you saw it first. Oh... and did I mention the cost? Free. Yeah, you read that right... free. Click here to get your free MP4 download now!