Last week Nic Gregoriades from the Jiujitsu brotherhood released a new online product called BJJ Building Blocks. Now Nic G and I have a bit of history. I first knew about him after reading a few of his articles on BJJ brotherhood as well as knowing his face from some of his material on YouTube. I especially liked him after seeing his ‘how to hold sidemount video.‘
Then a few months later Nic released his first product Blackbelt Blueprint which i downloaded. Then a few months after that my mate Felipe hosted Nic at his gym so I drove the 3+ hours to Sydney to attend the seminar. It was here at the seminar that I began liking Nic’s stuff, He talked about concepts instead of techniques which is the same way that I teach. We want to UNDERSTAND how a move works, not just DO a move, we need to understand, and this some of the stuff Nic covers in his seminars.
A few years later Nic released his Beyond Technique DVD which i also downloaded and watched multiple times. And now BJJ Building Blocks is here. It was pretty obvious that because I have downloaded all of Nic’s other stuff, and been to his seminar that I was gonna hop online and get a look into his newest product.
This product is a little different to his other products because his other products you could download straight to your pc or mac but with bjj building blocks you log on to a website and access the videos online. Don’t worry you can access all the videos from PC, Mac, Iphone and Ipads which is great.
As you can see from the picture below BJJ BB is set out like a website with various menus you can go through.
As you can see there are loads of videos to go through. I think there is roughly over 3 hours of video on this site (but i cant be too sure, I havn’t added them all up). When you click onto a Module it then brings up multiple videos within that Module, (below)
Once you click onto the video it will then open up into a new page where you view the videos. Nic has gone to the trouble of including some dot points of things to remember with each technique in the module, which is great as it means when I am watching the video I am mentally looking out for the key elements.
The videos themselves are very well done. First off they stream very very quickly. In Australia we don’t have the fastest internet but the videos still loads quickly and i have not had a day where i had to wait for a video to buffer before playing. So video loading speed is great.
Secondly the quality of the videos is top notch, they are Roy Dean style quality. If you have seen any of Roy’s stuff then you would know what I am talking about. The Picture is crisp and clear (above) Nic’s videos are top quality HD and to top it all off he has also spent the long hours editing so that we can get multiple angles at the same time.
If you have seen some of Nic latest videos on YouTube then you can see how clear and concise they are. Nic is a great instructor and doesn’t waffle on all day and turn a 3 minute instructional into a 25 minute instructional like the Gracie Uni guys. He demos the technique, teaches the technique, talks about the concepts, then highlights some common errors people do when completing the technique. The audio is also very good and lucky for us Nic doesn’t have an overly strong South Africa accent so he is easy to understand in each and every video.
The overall product is fantastic and you can tell Nic has put in hundreds of hours to get it to where it is. The site is easy to understand, easy to navigate, videos stream very well, audio is great, video picture is HD quality and the actual jiujitsu itself is top notch.
Each video leads on from one to another. Nic doesn’t show you an armbar, then a half guard sweep followed by a twister setup. Each technique has been carefully thought out and sequenced so that through the videos you start seeing the art as it flows and connects.
Through BJJ BB you gain an insight into what Nic believes are the foundational techniques for all BJJ practitioners, from side control escapes, mount attacks as well as takedowns. There are so many videos in this product that I could see a few holes in my own BJJ game and I have already started using Nic site to fix up those holes.
What didn’t I like about BJJ BB?
I pretty much liked a=everything about this product but there were some things that I thought shuld be part of the package. for example it would have been great if Nic added a section on strength and fitness or on how to recover after training or just other general health and fitness tips. I say this only because I know Nic is really big into yoga, stretching and physical training in general and i wanted to hear his thoughts around this area of BJJ.
I also would have liked it if Nic included a ‘special guard section’ which may have included some techniques or principles around delariva, spider, x-guard, reverse dela riva etc. I know the product is based on ‘foundations of bjj’ but we all have that one guy at training who has some crazy worm/galaxy/crazy z or x guard that we cannot pass or squash. If Nic covered some techniques around that then that would have been great.
Also the price is a tad expensive but in saying that though it is a top quality product. Compare the price to this to a lot of other products and it is more expensive but it also covers a lot more things. For example a Keenan guard passing DVD may be $97 but it only covers guard passing where as this product covers everything from knee on belly, turtle, takedowns, side control and more.
Who should buy BJJ BB?
I highly encourage people to get themselves access to this package if the are a white, blue or even early purple belt level practitioner. I would also highly encourage someone who doesn’t have regular access to a knowledgeable black belt to get onto this product as it covers a whole lot of foundational Brazilian Jiujitsu techniques.