Note: This is my honest review of this DVD set. I have never met Kit Dale or Nic Gregoriades nor do I know either of them.
Kit is an Australian BJJ blackbelt and one of the most active Jiu-Jitsu competitors to come out of Australia. Kit has had a lot of success at competitions but is probably more well known for his social media presence and humourous YouTube videos than his BJJ accomplishments. He received his black belt a mere four years after taking up the art.
Nicolas (Nic) Gregoriades
Nicolas was born in South Africa. Nic is Roger Gracie’s first black belt. He is known for his effective approach to BJJ training. Like Kit he also recieved his black belt in four years.
This DVD is an hour long journey examining Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques from a more conceptual viewpoint. The DVD set features both BJJ blackbelts Nic Gregoriades and Kit Dale. The pair alternate on the DVD between teaching concepts. Nic teaches one technique then Kit takes the next one.
Although the pair do demonstrate techniques they are used to help illustrate concepts being discussed to the viewer. The idea is once the concepts have been understood by the student, he or she will be bale to apply these to any technique.
Both guys are strong advocates of not drilling techniques. Kit is very outspoken about not drilling techniques. His reasons are because drilling against a non-reacting opponent for hundreds of reps is not an efficient use of your time.
It is not a view held by many in the Jiujitsu community but it is refreshing nonetheless. Keenan Cornelius for one loves drilling and thinks it is essential.
This is not a new debate I remember it was being argued back and forth on blogs when I first started training five years ago and it still rages on today.
The DVD is about an hour in length so it is more like attending a college class then an instructional DVD. Pretty quickly you find out that this is not a technical DVD but it is a guideline for how to learn Jiu-Jitsu. Like I said before they do show techniques but it is only to illustrate a point that they are trying to get across to the viewer. Kit and Nic urge the viewer to find your own techniques that suit your own style and game.
These are the topics covered on the DVD.
- Transitional Pressure – Moving from one position to another.
- The Fisher man – A fishing rod analogy for BJJ.
- The Quadrant – The four quarters of stability.
- Post, Posture and Leverage – How a sweep occurs.
- The Porcupine – Using the bony parts of your body to great effect.
- Stopping the Guard Pull – How to defend against guard pullers.
- The Corkscrew – Pushing and pulling.
- Weight Distribution – How it makes all the difference in guard passing.
- Structure – How collapsing and creating a structure using your own body can be used to your own advantage.
- The Double Barrelled Shotgun – How to maintain the guard.
- The Open and Closed Chain – How to think of limbs as chains.
- Removing Leverage – How to feel much heavier on an opponent.
- The Spinal Torque – How twisting and other spinal manipulations can affect technique.
- Size Strategy – How to deal with different body types including what to do if you are shorted than your opponent.
- The Border Patrol – A metaphor for attacking or defending.
- The Loading of the Spring – How to execute a technique without telegraphing it to your opponent.
- The Pendulum – How to use a single part of your body to drive momentum for a bigger movement.
- The Takedown Posture – Principals for take downs.
- Its All In The Hips – Focus on hip movement when scrambling.
- The Misdirection – How to be the first to get a good grip.
Al together there are twenty concepts shown with approximately 40 techniques. The video is well filmed and both guys come across really well in the video. They will talk about a concept and them demonstrate the technique. There is one run through of each technique and then we move on to the next concept.
If you have been training Jiu-Jitsu for any length of time you will realise that the concepts lie behind all the techniques. Most notably leverage and technique over brute strength. In the majority of instructional videos the instructor shows a technique then explains the concept behind the techniques. These guys turn that process on its head by explaining the concept first and devoting more time to it. Their vision is that the student will improve on not just the forty techniques shown but improve n others by starting to think conceptually.
The Beyond Technique DVD is like being in a university lecture for BJJ. It isn’t as long as a lot of other instructional DVDs but it is obvious to anyone who watches it that the instructors have thought long and hard about what to include on the DVD as it is very well put together.
I would honestly recommend this DVD to a grappler of any rank. There is no filler like a lot of other six disk DVD sets. Again actual technical instruction is not the point of the DVD. It is to teach the viewer to think conceptually and approach their grappling from a new angle. I took a good number of concepts that I think will really take my game to a new level. So I would recommend it to anyone.