New Jiu-Jitsu DVD
“Size doesn’t matter” is a common catch phrase in BJJ. Also known as the “gentle art,” Jiu-Jitsu has been touted as the art that can favor smaller bodies because of its finesse and leverage and lack of technique based on strength.
However, as a 5’3 female grappler, I’ve often found myself doubting this when the human equivalent of a Mac truck crushes me into the mat while rolling. Like so many in my situation, bigger and stronger people have long been the source of much frustration during my Jiu-Jitsu journey.
Enter Grapplearts.com’s newest DVD release How to Defeat the Bigger, Stronger Opponent, taught by black belts Emily Kwok and Stephan Kesting. Read More >>
Overcoming Size in BJJ
[social][/social]The 5-DVD set contains hours of instruction specifically geared toward people who don’t have the luxury of size and strength. The majority of jiu-jitsu instruction is delivered by Kwok, a world BJJ Champion competitor and small female athlete. Kwok’s instruction is a breath of fresh air in the BJJ instructional DVD world. Instead of showing endless chains of fancy and highly specific techniques, Kwok delivers not only easy to learn and well-detailed techniques, but also some lecture-type teaching where she explains the use of BJJ strategy and application of technique for smaller people. Her delivery is clear, concise, and humorous, and her technique is detailed and well demonstrated.
Starting with very basic movement drills, the pair move into concepts on grip fighting, guard sweeps, submissions, and escapes, ending with an enlightening Q&A session. The set also includes a workout guide to help improve strength and prevent injury.
For those who aren’t necessarily at the bottom of the size spectrum, the DVD also provides great insight and technique applicable to virtually everyone. As Kesting explains in the beginning, there’s always someone bigger than you who can use their size advantage over you.
A master class for the rest of us, How to Defeat the Bigger, Stronger Opponent is a must have for anyone looking to improve their technical skill and strategy in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Those who enjoy being squashed and manhandled need not apply.
For more information, check out www.grapplearts.com/biggerstronger
Cassidee Moser writes also for BJJ Legends Magazine