Finally over the festive season I have been able to sit down and watch the package from start to finish and I have to say I liked what I saw.
Although the cover clearly displays Stevens perform a Drop knee Kata Guruma the DVD contains both IJF legal and illegal techniques. This is due to the fact that Stevens is a successful Judoka and BJJ player and has quite a following in both arts so it seems he wanted to create a product that catered to both art-forms.
Here is a rundown of what you get in the Takedown Blueprint and what I thought of the overall package. Because there are 3 DVD’s I am not going to breakdown each and every technique (as I would be typing for hours) but I will give a brief outline to some of the techniques that I really liked.
Breakdown of DVD 1:
In the first DVD Travis and Jimmy cover a whole heap of techniques, including some of their favourite throws that they have used in competition. Throws in this first DVD include
- How to breakfall
- Osoto gari
- Left vs right Osoot gari
- Drop morote seoi
- Drop tai otoshi
- Ippon seoi
- Tomoe nage
- Tai otoshi
- One handed tai otoshi
- Ouchi gari
- Ouchi left vs right
This first DVD covers a lot of good basics technical details especially for the techniques such as ouchi gari, tai otoshi and Osoto gari. Here is a breakdown of the four techniques I liked on DVD #1:Like many Judoka I grew up watching Jimmy on all of the Fighting films DVD’s. The first time I saw him in real life was surreal and it was awesome to see him fight in person. Jimmy has incredible technique and still to this day looks super strongin the hands and forearms. One of his best techniques has always been Ouchi gari. In this DVD he shows the basic version of ouchi gari and then he moves on to doing ouchi vs a an opponent in a variety of position. I picked up a few key things on this instructional including the timing of when he goes for his Ouchi gari as well as what he does with his sleeve hand. (I’m going to start drilling this one for sure.)
Jimmy’s Knee Osoto gari was also a really good breakdown and I loved how he once again talked about the timing of the attack and when he actually goes for it and what his opponent is thinking when he attacks, I believe it is thinking like this that many Judoka don’t think about.
In the first DVD Travis’s breakdown of Drop morote seoi nage and drop knee tai otoshi were great and were by far my two favourites from him. Many BJJ guys don’t like dropping for morote seoi nage but Travis talks about what to do if your opponent try’s to get hooks in (which I somehow never thought of) and it’s great.
His breakdown of drop knee tai otoshi is good as well and I haven’t seen someone teach a drop knee tai otoshi since Karen Briggs was around. I actually pulled one off a few weeks ago.
Breakdown of DVD 2
This DVD includes
- Sumi gaeshi
- Right vs right Sumi gaesgi
- Kouchi gari
- Kouchi gari variation
- Kata guruma
- Sticker foot sweep
- Deashi barai
This is once again another great DVD with a lot of great content. I love doing both Sumi gaeshi and the sticker foot sweep so obviously I liked both of these variations on the DVD but I also enjoyed the Kouchi gari breakdown that Jimmy does. Jimmy teaches the Kouchi gari really well (he has done it before J)) and after each rep he finished with a knee across guard pass which is a great way to transition into newaza. Jimmy is adamant about being the correct distance away from your partner with the ouchi gari and he touches on the fact that it is a great technique to do when your opponent is sitting backwards.
Breakdown of DVD 3:
This DVD is a DVD that is more targeted towards the BJJ, sambo or wrestler. It contains tactics on how to approach a guard puller, how to break the double lapel grip as well as how to deal with a head inside single leg. This DVD is taught more by Travis than Jimmy and I think this is because it is more of a BJJ style video opposed to judo specific.
Travis has been in a lot (and I mean a lot!) of BJJ tournaments including the Copa de podio in 2013 and in late 2013 he received his BJJ black belt which is pretty cool. Travis teaches an awesome Reverse Sanakau jime from a head inside single leg takedown attempt by Jimmy Pedro. This is a super neat technique that I never even thought about.Travis also teaches a super nice osoto gari counter to a single leg and a really nice low drop tai otoshi against a guard puller.
All in all DVD 3 is great for Judokas looking at entering BJJ tournaments and having to adapt to a BJJ fighters reactions opposed to a Judoka reactions and it’s also great for any BJJ guys looking at gaining the edge on their opponents in the takedown game.
Also DVD 3 contains some techniques where Jimmy gets slammed by Travis – it made me chuckle.
The quality is great and it comes in HD which is pretty cool. Although because there are multiple angles there are times where the presenter is looking into the wrong camera – although this is ok it is just something to nit pick about. I love seeing the different personality and teaching styles of each person. What may also become annoying for some viewers is the fact that Jimmy teaches all of the techniques left handed while Travis teaches right handed. This is another thing that isn’t that bad but it may confuse some viewers who may have trouble translating the techniques into their own game.
A few negatives about the DVD is that t doesn’t come as a DVD download and you must wait some time as it is shipped in the mail. When I first saw it I wanted to watch it straight away and by the time it came in the mail I was too busy to watch it – but now over the Christmas season I can finally watch it.
Overall though the package is great. It is a DVD presented by 2 Olympians and one of them is a former World Champion so you are bound to learn a heap of things to help your judo game.
The DVD package is $67 which is a touch expensive so if you are going to purchase it then purchase it through the link below and email me your receipt details and ill send you these 2 DVD downloads free of charge.