Company: Straight Blast Gym Productions
Tape Name: Tape 6 Attacking from the
Guard Part 1 & Tape 7 Attacking from the Guard Part 2
Tape Cost: $44.95 or $299.00 for the 12 tape series.
Length of Tape: Tape 6: 46 minutes & Tape 7:
Number of Moves/Techniques: Tape 6: 20 techniques & Tape 7: 19
Return Policy: Unknown
in dealing with this company: Excellent
The Instructor: Bob Bass/Rick Williams
Address: 1812 Ne 43rd Ave
Portland Oregon 97213
Company's Phone Number: 503-230-79248
Primary Grading Criteria:
Production/Tape Quality: 10
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 10
Comprehension Score/Immediate Understanding: 10
4. Degree to which this will make
someone a better Martial Artist: 10
5. Score on delivery vs. Hype: 10
to which we would recommend this product: 10
7. Wasted time (The higher the number,
the less "fluff"/repetition: 9
8. Playback Score/Watching it over and
over again: 9
9. Would I purchase more of this company's product: 10
grade based on cost vs. Value: 10
Grand Total: 98% (Excellent = 4.5 stars)
Secondary Grading Criteria Series:
1. Beginners benefit: Excellent
2. Intermediate benefit: Very Good
Advanced benefit: Fair for Tape 1 (very good for tape 2)
4. Time to benefit:
Some Immediate, greatest benefit with practice
5. The need to buy additional tapes
to understand this one: None, although the entire series would benefit one the most.
overview of the entire 12 tape series please see Passing the Guard Tape #1 (Review
#279). Tapes 6 and 7 deal with attacking from the guard. Tape 6 does not contain
a lot of new techniques that have not been seen before on video. There are some new
moves on this tape that I haven’t seen but not a lot. I did however learn several
new details to some of the moves that I already knew. There are no sparring sessions
in this video and there were also fewer interviews than on previous tapes hence more
techniques were shown. This video is more for the beginning student but would also
be of some benefit to the intermediate student. There is not much in this video for
the Advanced student. Tape 7 however has much more for the advanced student than
Tape 6. The 2 tapes together are a detailed look at attacking from the guard.
6 starts off with the closed guard. The video begins with some of the basics on this
subject. Good detail is given on how to control your opponents body by using your
legs to keep them off balance thus preventing them from passing. Also covered is
how to control your opponents head and arm and leg thus taking away his base which
can lead into a roll. Other techniques shown are as follows:
- a bicep choke.
Nothing new but well explained.
- how to combine the previously shown sweep
together with the above bicep choke.
- very thorough explanation on obtaining
the armlock from the guard. This is an excellent section which shows several different
ways on how to set the armlock up. Also shown are some of the different ways your
opponent may react to your armbar and how to properly deal with his reaction. Overall
a detailed look at this area.
- leg assisted choke from the armlock
set up from the armbar to the mount
- Sweeps (basic)
- Simple sweep
to the armbar with either of your opponents arms
- armlock by locking your
opponents shoulder with your leg
- when opponent pulls their arm out into
the triangle choke
- Putting your hooks inside your opponents legs to roll
them. Two variations depending on which side your opponents head is on. I haven’t
seen these on any other video’s. Nice move.
Overall a excellent video especially
for the beginning student. Lots of good details which show the basics of attacking
from the guard.
Tape 7 has more advanced material on it then on the previous
tape and continues with a look at the closed guard. The tape then moves into a detailed
look at the open guard. I have not seen a video to date that offers as much detail
on how to deal with the open guard. This video also includes about 6 minutes of class
Here is what you will find on this video:
- two on
one arm control into a triangle
- one arm control to an arm lock
what to do if you go for a sweep and your opponent collapses your leg or bases with
Very good information.
The majority of this tape deals
with the open guard and contains the following:
- importance of keeping your
legs moving in a circular motion when your opponent is trying to control the legs
- how to break your opponents grip on your pant leg into a reversal
which leads into a muscle lock. Very good technique.
- how to reverse ending
up in the mount.
- how to reverse when you sit up (4 variations)
what to do if you sit up and person gets knee on stomach to reversal.
to lift your opponent up with your legs and turn them over to mount
to defend if your opponent pushes your legs aside and steps towards you with their
far foot.. This first technique was good and involves turning back into your opponent.
A good plausible technique. The second variation deals with when your opponent steps
in with their near foot. I felt this technique would be hard to pull off. It involves
do a 360 degree turn on your back when the opponent steps in. IMO any experienced
fighter would be all over the person defending before he completed the turn.
how to set someone up when they attempt to pass your open guard into a muscle lock.
Nice set up.
Another very good video by Straight Blast Gym!