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I had been aware of the DVD set for months. Either in the blogosphere or maybe on a random check on Youtube I bumped into the Roy Dean academy’s Blue belt test videos. The movements the 4-stripe white belts were displaying were crisp and smooth. They also performed quite a few techniques before they had to spar against people of varying ranks including their instructor. I was thoroughly impressed.
I watched each one I could find over and over again. Then I saw the BJJ combinations clips, the BJJ Purple Belt Exam and other videos from the Roy Dean Academy and I knew I had to buy it. But I hesitated. After buying the University of JiuJitsu, which is awesome, I decided to curtail my spending on BJJ related items. My training fees, my nephew’s training fees, online membership (which I just cancelled), books, magazines, etc., was (is) getting to be expensive.
But one Friday after watching Roy Dean’s videos on YouTube a dozen times I couldn’t resist and ordered the DVD set, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – Blue Belt Requirements on Amazon. It arrived last week on a Tuesday and I have been reviewing it every day. As a four stripe white belt who will be testing soon for blue this is an awesome resource.
It reviews “escapes, submissions, guard passes, ukemi (falls), takedowns, demonstrations” and Dean’ guidelines for his Blue belts. Dean also reviews the techniques from numerous camera angles and explains the philosophy behind the techniques. It is a comprehensive resource as all of the material one would probably need is in one place.
Even though I am a four stripe white belt, I started training no-gi BJJ in 2004 and only since June of last year have I been learning BJJ with a gi. I know that a DVD set like this would have been a very valuable resource for me in 2004. Many academies provide you with the basics, but unless there is a BJJ beginners class after a while you will have to join in with the rest of trainees and either sink or swim. But to be fair, most training in academies is cyclical and if you stick around long enough you will see most techniques again and again. However, a DVD, such as Blue Belt Requirements would have let me continue to refine my basics while learning the advanced material as well.
I can’t say enough good things about it as I believe the DVD will help you to become a master of the basics, increase your technical proficiency, prepare you for your own Blue belt exam as well as serve as a fundamental review of techniques for anyone who needs a review. It is easy to navigate and thorough.
Well worth it…