I finally broke down and ordered this 4 DVD set Ė if it had been available from Amazon, even without a discount, I would have bought the set earlier, but the jiu-jitsu.net website run by Simco, which is the only place thery are currently sold, puts me off with its aggressive marketing techniques. For example, despite declining an offer to subscribe to the monthly "on-line" training, the order system tried to sneak it into my cart at check-out. Good thing I checked the order details.
That negativity aside, I like Simcoís introductory book on BJJ (which I got at Amazon) although even a short period of real "on the mat" training makes it seem a little simple. I got interested in the 4 DVD "Essentials" set based on the free "sampler" DVD that comes with the book.
Whatever the problems with Simco's on-line marketing, the sampler DVD shines. It is well directed and shot, and Simco is a very clear and engaging teacher, going into great detail and showing techniques from several angles. That's also probably why 4 one-hour DVDís donít cover a lot of techniques, or go beyond "basics." But, as Simco says, his goal is to cover all the "essentials" and he makes a compelling argument why you need them, and need them first.
I feel I really need some additional help like this, since my training dojo has just started promoting its first "home grown" blue belts after a year and a half of operations. The students are hungering for intermediate and advanced instruction, and the days of getting "basics" at every class are probably long gone, unless they get another wave of beginners all at once.
Another reason for getting the set is so my wife can drill basics with me. I won't have to try to drudge the details of each drill and position from my memory - she and I will be able to watch a clip together, then try out the moves to see how they fit together.
(As a humorous aside, when I asked my wife to take the mount position last night so I could practice Upa and Shrimping and build up my strength against bodyweight resistance, she took her job way too seriously and fought like hell to keep me pinned down. Clearly she doesn't understand limits, boundaries, and drilling. :badgrin: On the other hand, maybe I should sign her up for real classes....)
Do any of you have any comments on Simcoís DVDís or techniques? Do his stuff all pass basic muster?