We are always on the lookout for the best BJJ products and DVDs given we specialize in BJJ videos. This is especially true when it comes to instructional material that’s for sale these days. As you know, instructional videos can be a very valuable tool to help you learn new grappling tips and techniques. However, with so many thousands of DVDs and other paid membership site style videos available these days, it can often be difficult to separate the good stuff from the not so good.
Imagine our excitement, then, when we found out that Mario Roberto released a new BJJ instructional series. If you’re not familiar with Mario Roberto, he is a black belt, fought professionally and spends his time these days as a full time coach to some of the world’s best fighters (BJJ and MMA). We always like to find instructional lessons that are produced by people who actually coach fighters for a living, so it seemed that the new video instructional series from Mario Roberto was right up our alley.
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The Complete No Gi Guide to Head & Arm Chokes
BJJ Chokes: 101
The name of this instructional DVD series is The Complete No Gi Guide to Head & Arm Chokes; which makes it pretty easy to guess what you’re going to get with this video series: Tons of chokes! Hey, what red blooded, BJJ practitioner wouldn’t like to learn more ways to choke their opponents out??
As you know, effectively choking your opponents on the mat is about a heck of a lot more than simply wrapping your arms around their neck and squeezing like there’s no tomorrow. Despite what some people will tell you, choking is an art form in itself. It takes a bit of training, refining and learning from the best instructors to become a master at the art of choking your opponents out.
What Do You Get with the The Complete No Gi Guide to Head & Arm Chokes?
Mario has garnered quite a reputation as an all around BJJ expert and choke specialist. In this video series, you’ll get the following DVDs:
- Volume 1: Chokes from the Top – This video is dedicated to in depth techniques from various top positions, like North-South, Side Control and Full Mount.
- Volume 2: Chokes from the Bottom – Perhaps the chokes that most BJJ practitioners pay least attention to, in this video Mario teaches how to pull off some wicked chokes when your opponent is on top of you.
- Volume 3: Choking the Turtle – No it’s not about reptile abuse; this video is dedicated to teaching you some tricky choking techniques for those times when your opponent turtles up on you.
- Volume 4: Unorthodox Techniques – This informative video is all about unusual set ups to get into some pretty effective choke positions.
As you can see, Mario really does put in a solid effort to cover just about all the major choke scenarios that you might have to deal with. The majority of the chokes are versions of classic BJJ chokes, though there are a few interesting takes on some of them that were clearly inspired by other grappling based martial arts. All in all, we found that Mario really does offer a soup to nuts coverage of choking that intermediate to advanced BJJ practitioners and MMA fighters are sure to enjoy.
If you want to get a sneak peak of the DVD, watch the below video.
Is it worth buying?
Here’s the part of this The Complete No Gi Guide to Head & Arm Chokes review where we give you the bottom line on this DVD instructional series. So far, we’ve talked about Mario being a good instructor, and have even broken down all the videos in the series, to give you an idea about what’s included. However, we all know that some of the best martial arts instructors have put out some of the worst instructional videos over the years. So how does this choke specialist series stack up?
As it turns out, this video series is pretty good. It really does have more solid choking instruction, tips and tricks than any other video series we’ve seen to date. Mario takes a comprehensive look at each technique that he teaches, and shows you up close how to pull these, sometimes intricate chokes, off in your sparring matches or for street self defense. No, The Complete No Gi Guide to Head & Arm Chokes isn’t perfect; and it certainly doesn’t match up with getting high quality, professional BJJ training in person. But for people who want to sharpen up their choking skills on their own time, this video series is pretty hard to beat.
One Word of Warning
One thing that you have to keep in mind while working on the chokes demonstrated in this series is that you must have a workout partner to really get a feel for how to do the chokes properly. This is where you must exercise caution. It’s important that you know what you’re doing, and know when to back off on your choking pressure. This goes without saying for most serious BJJ practitioners, but it needs to be stated in this review. And just as important to mention is the fact that you need to make sure your training partners understands how dangerous chokes can be.
It’s very easy to get caught up in a bit of excitement when you learn a new choking technique. But neither you or your partner can afford to be lax when it comes to safely practicing these chokes. This is one topic that rarely gets mentioned when discussing video training, but you must keep it in mind. Whenever possible, go over what you learn from the videos with your instructor, just to make sure that you are practicing the chokes correctly and in a manner that is safe for you and your partner.
The Complete No Gi Guide to Head & Arm Chokes Review: The Bottom Line
If you want to be a true master of head and arm choke techniques, you can’t go wrong with this video series. Mario goes above and beyond what most BJJ videos teach in regard to choking. Serious BJJ practitioners are sure to glean more than a few gems from this in depth BJJ instructional series.
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Reviewed by Matthew Cotta