Paul Viele, instructional video producer, said this about turtle guard when asked about his work on a Telles series:
Hey guys, thanks for all of the interest in the Telles series. I am sure that he will be excited to know that so many can really appreciate his game. One of the things that he really wanted to push on this series is that his Turtle is indeed a type of guard. It's not just to protect, it's to attack and submit, sweep and turnover the opponent.Just thought that was interesting.
Another really cool thing that came out was his Octopus guard. This was something that he started to talk about from the moment that we met and Telles claims that this new guard is almost sort of replacing his own Turtle guard. Of course he will continue to use the Tuttle all of the time, but he believes that the Octopus guard will become even a bigger weapon for him. He uses this game more for no gi and we filmed a whole DVD just on this topic.
I know that there will be a few people that will play it off as my creation (this already happened when I first announced it). Telles is serious about the Tuttle and Octopus and in fact he has tattooed a huge Octopus on his back. This is his creation and I can take no credit for it. As far as its legitimacy, I was impressed to say the least and I have seen it all. Will it become the next X-Guard? No, I don't thing so. However I believe that his concepts are extremely unique and he may be the most creative guy in the business.
I don't believe that Telles is looking to create concepts that only work on Jiu-Jitsu world champions. That focus is more in line with Marcelo Garcia's thought process. My impression of Telles is a guy who just loves grappling and just really likes to be part of the whole process. Competing and teaching. Does his Turtle Guard work against the best all of the time? Maybe not but I do not believe that this is his intention. He is a very smart guy and a deep thinker about his game and the philosophies of Jiu-Jitsu. He is taking Jiu-Jitsu to a whole new level with his ideas and thinking out of the box.
I have not started to edit this set yet. My plans are to begin after the first of the year. This will put this set out around February. I can't give you any insight to the layout of the DVD yet. I can give you an update in January.
We also have to thank and give Kid Peligro credit for this set happening. He helped Telles make his decision to bring his game to DVD.
Paul Viele World Martial Arts LTD.
Talking to my instructor, he's told me about even more black belts he knew in Brazil who have games that you'd never expect to work, but they would still win in tournaments with them. One was a guy who would pull "quarter guard" (as Eddie Bravo would call it), were he's just trapping their foot at the ankle. Almost everyone else in the world considers this the last act of desperation before your half guard is passed, but this guy just loved it and would play an entire game of sweeping from it. Another black belt has a butterfly guard where he lays flat on his back and holds on to their the fabric at their knees.
I suppose I could get mad and think they are forgetting vale tudo by using positions and games that don't translate. And maybe I should. But I doubt any of them think they are advancing vale tudo tactics, and I have yet to see anyone believe they are, so I don't see it misleading anyone. Personally, I am glad that they are finding games that others don't explore and fleshing them out. Creating over conforming.