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    Mark Hatmaker's "Complete Grappler"

    Newest DVD from Hatmaker - about 380 techniques all in all. Anyone seen it? Read any reviews? Is it worth my money?

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    Hatmaker is a borderline catch wrestler who teaches sloppy BJJ basics. His material is mediocre at best.

    If you're just deadset on getting an inordinate number of techniques, go for Craig Kukuk - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu A-Z. I don't know what anyone needs a 13 DVDs set for, but hey, who am I to judge.

    Or better yet, don't get either of those and just go train. Then buy cheaper topic-specific instructionals as needed or wanted.

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    Like I've mentioned in another thread, my location at present means I don't have access to a BJJ/MMA gym, and I need an alternative for the time being.

    Can you give an example of Hatmaker's "sloppy BJJ basics"? And why the hate of catch wrestling? Is it because of Tony Cecchine and Matt Furey?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aesopian
    Hatmaker is a borderline catch wrestler who teaches sloppy BJJ basics. His material is mediocre at best.

    If you're just deadset on getting an inordinate number of techniques, go for Craig Kukuk - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu A-Z. I don't know what anyone needs a 13 DVDs set for, but hey, who am I to judge.

    Or better yet, don't get either of those and just go train. Then buy cheaper topic-specific instructionals as needed or wanted.
    blech!!! Kukuk's is supposedly the "Encyclopedia Britanica" for BJJ, or at least that is what I have heard.

    MMAVault.com has all 50 or so of his A-Z BJJ crap. I'm gonna get a few and check 'em out. Most of the reviews I have read say they are crap but I suppose I can't actually attest to the craptitude of them before watching so stay tuned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angry welshman
    Like I've mentioned in another thread, my location at present means I don't have access to a BJJ/MMA gym, and I need an alternative for the time being.

    Can you give an example of Hatmaker's "sloppy BJJ basics"? And why the hate of catch wrestling? Is it because of Tony Cecchine and Matt Furey?
    Where are you located? Isn't there a Judo, boxing, kickboxing, MT or some other good **** school near your area????
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    I wasted my time watching part of Mark Hatmaker's "Escapes From Impossible Positions" once. Based on that and what I've seen of him on the internet, you'd be wasting your time buying--or even watching--anything of his. He's that bad.

    He moves like a white belt that's been reading Ashida Kim books . . . or, more likely, a high school wrestler with 3 months of "BJJ" experience. He uses "knee mount", which is two knees on the chest, recommends needless elbow and knuckle grinding, crossfaces endlessly instead of encouraging you to learn proper control, the list goes on and on . . .

    Basically, he's teaching you junk instead of good grappling skill.
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    Okay, how about Mario Sperry?

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    I'm going to have to run damage control here, in the hopes of stopping the extreme crappling that video training will cause. Forget all the other recommendations or whatever you were look at and get any/all of these instead:

    Roy Harris -- BJJ 101: http://www.royharris.biz/catalog/i6.html

    Matt Thornton -- FJKD2: http://www.straightblastgym.com/videoinfo.htm#JKD2

    Saulo Ribeiro -- Jiu-Jitsu Revolution: http://www.groundfighter.com/details/prodid/193.html

    Stephan Kesting -- Grappling Drills: http://www.grapplearts.com/Grappling-Drills-Info.htm

    Or just look harder for some real instruction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aesopian
    I'm going to have to run damage control here, in the hopes of stopping the extreme crappling that video training will cause. Forget all the other recommendations or whatever you were look at and get any/all of these instead:

    Roy Harris -- BJJ 101: http://www.royharris.biz/catalog/i6.html

    Matt Thornton -- FJKD2: http://www.straightblastgym.com/videoinfo.htm#JKD2

    Saulo Ribeiro -- Jiu-Jitsu Revolution: http://www.groundfighter.com/details/prodid/193.html

    Stephan Kesting -- Grappling Drills: http://www.grapplearts.com/Grappling-Drills-Info.htm

    Or just look harder for some real instruction.
    Rubiero is good, and the DVD's are well explained. Cesar Gracie's DVD's were pretty good as well IMO.

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    Okay, point taken. The FJKD DVDs were my first choice anyway. Just wondering, does FJKD Vol 1 cover standup?

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