Showing posts with label 2014. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2014. Show all posts

January 11, 2015

Roy Dean's "Pure Rolling" - 2014 DVD of the Year

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! 

March 17, 2014

Jordan Burroughs: Bronze Freestyle World Cup

Jordan Burroughs remains an inspiration for any aspiring athlete as he personifies discipline, commitment, and drive!  This past weekend the Nebraska alum took third place in the 74kg division at the Freestyle World Cup beating the Ukraine's Giya Chykhladze, below is the full match:

March 15, 2014

2014 Mens World Freestyle World Cup

Not only does So Cal host the 2014 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Pan Am's this week, but the 2014 Mens Freestyle World Cup is taking place today and tomorrow as well with over 50 nations offering their best grapplers in Los Angeles as well. 

Here is the schedule for today:
Session I
11:00 a.m Armenia vs. USA Mat A
11:00 a.m India vs. Turkey Mat B
12:00 p.m. Iran vs. Armenia Mat A
12:00 p.m. USA vs. India Mat B
1:00 p.m. Georgia vs. Japan Mat A
1:00 p.m. Mongolia vs. Russia Mat B
2:00 p.m. Japan vs. Mongolia Mat A
2:00 p.m. Ukraine vs. Russia Mat B

Session II
5:30 p.m. Armenia vs. India Mat A
5:30 p.m. Turkey vs. Iran Mat B
6:30 p.m. Turkey vs. Armenia Mat A
6:30 p.m. Iran vs. USA Mat B
7:30 p.m. Mongolia vs. Georgia Mat A
7:30 p.m. Japan vs. Ukraine Mat B
8:30 p.m. Georgia vs. Ukraine Mat A
8:30 p.m. Russia vs. Japan Mat B

And click here to watch a free stream of the matches throughout the weekend!

Jordan Burroughs is once again the 74 kilo favorite.  A funny Tweet from him the other day is sad but very accurate and indicative of the importance and relevance wrestling has in our society:

"I just walked into Dick's, asked for & bought a pair of my own wrestling shoes, JB Elites and no one recognized me lol. Life of a wrestler."