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  1. Aesopian is offline

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    Review: Principles of the Art of Submission by Baret Yoshida

    When I first heard Baret Yoshida was coming out with a new book, Principles of the Art of Submission, I was interested. When I found out that it came with a DVD, I got excited. I had always heard of his instructional tapes are among the best for no-gi, but I never liked how they were only on VHS. I ordered the new book/DVD combo off budovideos.com the week it was released.

    When I received my copy and took it out of the package, what first struck me was how small the book is. It is only slightly larger than a DVD case, or about the size of Eddie Bravo's book. Aside from the nice laminated jacket, it's all black and white. The photos are also pretty small, though this is partly due to them trying to fit enough pictures to show the move without skipping details. The book is Japanese and Engrish, and suffers from some funny typos and bad translations, but it's intelligible.

    That's not to say the book is all bad. They show close-ups of important details, give alternate angles and shows grips or positions without a partner so you can make it out better. Despite the Engrish, they do an okay job of explaining techniques, though each photo is given one sentence of explanation or less.

    But to be honest, I had just read Kid Peligro's Black Belt Techniques and The Essential Guard so I had spoiled myself with pretty photos, large print and lengthy text, so don't worry about the book too much.

    Anyway, the first page of the book contains an item that solves all its problems: A DVD of Baret demonstrating and explaining every move, doing it at full speed and showing it in slow motion (from two angles). Each technique has its own chapter, and you have the option of watching them all in a row, looping a single one or watching them all at full speed (without any instruction). Any shortcomings of the book are more than made up for by the DVD.

    Like in his original instructional tapes, Baret never seems comfortable in front of the camera and has some nervous ticks like clearing his throat and fumbling with words, but he still does a good job of explaining and showing the techniques. Some may complain that he doesn't go into the move in enough detail or show how the techniques go together, but considering he shows 87 techniques (with variations), I forgive him.

    So far all I've addressed is the quality of the presentation, but not the content, the techniques themselves. And I am happy to say they are great.

    He shows a wide variety of setups for chokes from all most major positions, such as arm-inside guillotines, drop guillotines, reverse guillotines (which are like a brabo choke, only without an arm inside most of the time), arm triangles and more. He shows how to use one guillotine to setup each other, or other options like taking the back or triangles.

    I don't have much faith in the no-gi ezekiel and baseball bat chokes, but maybe that's just me, and if you do like them, I'm sure his setups are fine.

    How shows setups for armbar, reverse armbars and bent armlocks a variety of positions. Most of these are solid and useful, but one or two seemed iffy to me.

    All of the triangle setups are solid and are often shown in combination with armlocks and omoplatas.

    He shows a pair of kneebars from north-south, but that's it for leglocks.

    He shows a variety of ways to take the back from different positions, often when they defend submissions, such as off an americana from mount or a countered kimura from side control.

    The guard passing is nothing revolutionary, but it's all reliable. He breaks closed guard with his knee or by standing. He shows the double under pass, as well as using it to flip them to all fours and taking the back (which I've loved for a while now). He also covers passing open guard by binding the leg as well as going over or around them, and he addresses passing half guard.

    He shows several guard pass counters that lead to submission, such as defending the double under pass to setup a triangle or using an armdrag against the binding pass.

    As for sweeps, he shows one from half guard, three from a two-on-one open guard (a no-gi spider guard of sorts), and three from butterfly guard (including one that ends as a x-guard sweep). I liked them all, and found the two-on-one open guard interesting.

    Almost every technique is high percentage and well-presented. I know some people are concerned over the uniqueness of moves in instructionals (if they are also in other series), and I think you can find some in other DVDs, but that is an unfair comparison when this priced as a book ($25 on budovideos.com). As a book with a companion DVD, it is an incredible reference with a wealth of information at an affordable price, and I highly recommend it.

    You can order it here.
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    well, i just ordered it, since i loved all the baret yoshida videos i have seen (vol I +II of his series.)

    is the stuff from the 3 part series covered again in this?
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    I never saw all of his first set so I can't give a complete answer, but I recognized some of the more distinct guard work from the tape that covers defending the guard passes by attacking, but I think that may just be because they are his signature moves.

    Here's the full list of techniques from the new book/DVD. Maybe it will help you tell how it compares to the VHS set:
    -Finishing the Triangle 
    -Finishing The Triangle With Arm On The Outside Of Your Leg 
    -Finishing The Triangle When The Knee Is Up 
    -Finishing The Triangle When The Arm Is Inside 
    -Arm Lock From The Triangle 
    -Mount From The Cross 
    -Armlock From Mount 
    -Keylock From Mount
    -Taking Rear Mount From Keylock Defence 
    -Arm Triangle From Mount 
    -Taking Rear Mount From Arm Triangle
    -Reverse Guillotine From Mount
    -Triangle From Mount Stepping Inside Arm
    -Hand Choke From Mount
    -Triangle From Mount Stepping Over The Arm
    -Arm Lock From Face To Face
    -Knee Lock From Face To Face 
    -Knee Lock From Face To Face When Leg ls Blocked
    -Arm Lock From Cross #1
    -Arm Lock From Cross #2 
    -Taking Rear Mount From Face To Face
    -Reverse Arm Lock And Key Lock From Cross
    -Forearm Choke To Keylock From Cross 
    -Shrimping Kimura
    -Kimura from Cross
    -Blocked Kimura To Rear Mount
    -Guillotine From Cross
    -Sleeper Guillotine From Cross
    -Cross Choke To Sleeper Guillotine When Passing
    -Cross Choke To Sleeper Guillotine From Cross
    -Cross Choke When Passing
    -Cross Choke From Reverse Knee
    -Over Under Choke
    -Reverse Guillotine From Cross
    -Arm Choke To Rear Mount
    -Guillotine Over Arm
    -Sit Out Guillotine
    -Step Over Head Guillotine
    -Step Over Head Guillotine To Guillotine Over Arm
    -Sit Out Guillotine To Step Over Head Guillotine
    -Guillotine From Rear Mount
    -Guillotine Over Arm To Guillotine
    -Blocked Guillotine To Rear Mount 
    -Opening Closed Guard With Knee
    -Opening Closed Guard With Knee
    -Opening Closed Guard Standing
    -Passing The Guard By Stacking #1
    -Passing The Guard By Stacking #2
    -Passing The Guard On The Outside
    -Passing by bear hug
    -Passing By Binding Legs
    -Passsing By Binding to Switch
    -Passing By Binding To Mount
    -Passing Over The Leg
    -Passing From Half Guard#1
    -Passing From Half Guard #2
    -Passing From Half Guard #3
    -Kimura From Knee on The Belly
    -Arm Lock From Knee In The Belly
    -Reverse Am Lock From Knee In The Belly
    -Knee In The Belly Kimura To Rear Mount Variation
    -Armlock From Guard
    -Keylock To Armlock From Guard
    -Arm Drag Armlock #1
    -Arm Drag Armlock #2
    -Armlock From Guard
    -Reverse Armlock From Guard
    -Reverse Armlock To Armlock
    -Reverse Armlock To Triangle
    -Slingshot Armlock
    -Triangle From Guard #1
    -Triangle From Guard #2
    -Guillotine To Triangle
    -Overhook Triangle
    -Armlock To Omoplata to Triangle
    -Armlock to Omoplata To Triangle
    -Baret Inside Hook
    -Twisting Leg
    -Sweep From Half Guard
    -Sweep From Two On One #1
    -Sweep From Two On One #2
    -Sweep From Two On One #3
    -Sweep From Butterfly Guard #1
    -Sweep From Butterfly Guard #2
    -Sweep From Butterfly Guard #3
    -Armdrag From Binding Pass
    -Armdrag From Butterfly Guard
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    1/07/2006 9:57pm

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    ok, i got it today, and even though i have only begun to watch it, i can already tell that this is the best instructional i have ever seen (hands down.)

    and i have an absurd amount of instructionals. like stupid amounts. so many that i have trouble even watching them all.

    every grappler should buy this, and if they don't they deserve to be tapped out like a little bitch the next time they roll.
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    I've been using the americana grip from guard to armbar and armbar to reverse armbar on the far arm a ton now. I also see big things for his brabo choke setup from side control where you walk all the way around the head to get it.
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    I jusr bought this book and I must say that it's very good, in my opinion. This is the second book i have bought from budovideos the first was from the same publisher,Airyudo, and was called "BJJ Progressive".
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    I'm sold. Buying it today!

    Thanks Ming and Aeso!
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    anyone know where i can get his other instructionals?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aesopian
    I've been using the americana grip from guard to armbar and armbar to reverse armbar on the far arm a ton now. I also see big things for his brabo choke setup from side control where you walk all the way around the head to get it.
    I'm sorry, but there's one thing I don't get. From guard, wich arm is the far arm?
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    You try an armbar on one arm. The one you're not trying to armbar is now the far arm.
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