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  1. GoatArtemLobov Brown Belt

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    Considering I have been training for 3 years and have a blue belt.
    Here's the instructionals I've already purchased:
    -Foundations of bjj from Bernardo. Got that for 30 bucks, bought it as a blue belt but I don't regret it at all, as I wanted to make sure I knew my basics well, and it already helped me to correct some litttle mistakes I was still making. It's only white belt stuff but to become an expert you have first to become an expert of the basics so...
    -Half guard anthology. For 38 bucks, simply amazing, haven't studied it all yet but this DVD is a goldmine
    -Leglock anthology. Got it for 77 bucks last year, amazing too.

    I want to get some Danaher/Ryan stuff now.
    Both have instructionals on back attacks so according to you, which is the best and which is the most suited one for a blue belt?
    I am also thinking of buying Danaher's leglock instructional, but ist is worth the price, especially considering I already have the 50/50 anthology?

    In case I might get answers like "you are a blue belt stop wasting your money on shit you won't understand" I actually want you guys to know that my gym has been closed for 8 months and that I turned my garage into a dojo where I train with a blue belt buddy of mine, trying to keep improving without our instructor, so that's why we need structured stuff we can work on, not just random youtube videos like we have been doing lately...
    Fucking covid
     
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  2. GoatArtemLobov Brown Belt

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    And another little question:
    Can we add different reduction codes together on bjj fanatics?
    For instance there is this FANATICSYOUTUBE code who gives you 15% off.
    Generally, after buying one video, you get 30% on another video if you buy it right after.
    Can I add all those codes to the APP2020 code who gives you 50% off or would that be too beautiful to basically get a video for free?
     
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  3. Bubblun Brown Belt

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    Buy whatever you what to work on, work on your weaknesses and make you strong assets better.

    I have been doing the same during lockdown with a friend and I feel I never progressed as much in my life.
     
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  4. judoka loca Training to eventually grapple a bear

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    Anything Lachlan Giles makes is sure to be good. He is definitely my favorite person to buy instructionals from. His leglock anthology, half guard, and no gi chokes dvds all changed my game.

    Danaher's leglock system is very different from Lachlan's. Danaher teaches an inside sankaku game while Lachlan's stuff is focused on 5050 and the outside sankaku position.

    Also, I don't think you can combine coupon codes on BJJ Fanatics.
     
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  5. Whitebeltatlife Yellow Belt

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    I like Tom Deblass's style of teaching and really like his deep half domination dvd, there's a lot of good stuff there, similarly, Jeff Glover's is good but is also a rehash of his older dvd just broken down a bit more.

    I would also suggest Gordon Ryan's floating stuff which is good.
     
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  6. Daz2300 Orange Belt

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    @GoatArtemLobov have you thought about any passing stuff, it's probably one of the areas people most neglect as it always feels less exciting than leg locks, new guards and the like?

    I don't think the BJJ Fanatics codes stack, from what i've seen you can only enter a single code per purchase as it just goes of the last one you entered.

    Also if you've any particular person who's style you try copy have you thought about signing up for a site like MGinAction, AOJ, Keenan's, Roger Gracie's or BJJ Library for a while or getting Grappler's Guide instead of buying a bunch of instructional sets?
     
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  7. GoatArtemLobov Brown Belt

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    I agree with you, passing is often neglected and I really need to work on that.
    With that being said, I first want to work on guard/leglocks/backtakes, which are my natural strengths. I'm not very fast, nor I am strong, but I am super flexible, 6.2, with Jon Jones type of legs... So guard playing has always been/will always be my go to. I plan to work on those strengths for another 3/4 months, then I will definetely get some guard passing and wrestling stuff. Do you know good instructionals for passing etc.?

    No BJJFANATICS coupons indeed don't stack, would have been too good lol

    Never thought of that but I think I prefer instructionals. Moreover, there is no style I want to copy. I also prefer to build my own learning program.
    For instance, the goal during this quarantine was first to make sure I know very very well everything a blue belt should know. So I bought Bernardo's instrutional and drilled the shit out of everything for 2 months... I think this was very wise, because, as my boxing trainer says, to become an expert you first have to become an expert of the basics.
    Then I wanted to go more in depth in the areas I'm predisposed to be good at, that's to say all the guard playing/bottom stuff. And as I said previously, in a few months, I will try to become better at passing.
     
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  8. GoatArtemLobov Brown Belt

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    Do you mean the "Systematically attacking the guard " one?
    Is it an instructional that also focuses on open guard passing or does it just covers techniques/concepts to pass when you are already locked in a guard?
    Is it suited for someone who is pretty amateur at guard passing (I just know the basic stuff that you need to know to get your blue belt)?
    If it's a good instructional I will give it a try, maybe I will already purchase it during Black Friday because Gordon's instructionals are too expensive to be bought without a -40 or -50% coupon.
     
  9. maximus__ Brown Belt

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    Lachlan Giles is the best value for money instructional on all of BJJ fanatics.
    Pritt Mikhelsons dvds have amazing concepts that will change your game defensively without even having to drill. He also now has a subscription site.
    Neil Melanson's stuff has little tweaks that will change key positions or submissions you use and will up your sub percentage.
    Gordon Ryans stuff is the most expensive but is also game changing.

    Most others I have bought have barely been watched compared to the ones above.
     
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  10. Daz2300 Orange Belt

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    What guards do you currently use most and is it gi or nogi you're more interested in then i can suggest a few i've seen based on that?
     
  11. GoatArtemLobov Brown Belt

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    Closed guard, half guard (but I already have Lachlan's hf guard anthology), but also open guard.
    No Gi mainly
     
  12. Ishaq Brown Belt

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    If you like hitting triangles,

    Ryan Hall triangle and Back Attacks.
     
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  13. judoka loca Training to eventually grapple a bear

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    Also Neil Melanson's triangle chokes book.
     
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  14. Whitebeltatlife Yellow Belt

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    Yeah I think it's on there. He's got content on closed and open guards, there's a great youtube video on the fanatics channel of him escaping a locked in rubber guard which is awesome. As much as a practical escape, it's good as a concept if nothing else.

    I'd say with the floating stuff it looks kind of advanced but if you drill it with a friend, it's actually not. I can't comment on how skilled or not you are to attempt learning it though. Basically the idea is you put your hands ahead of your opponent and float through their legs to mount or side control. It's really powerful when learnt. He also covers more basic stuff though too.
     
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  15. Daz2300 Orange Belt

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    Since you're already looking at a bunch of stuff on BJJ Fanatics i'll mention a few other options elsewhere. If it's shot in the gi it isn't anything very gi-specific being shown bar Jon Thomas's set:

    (Digitsu) - Vagner Rocha's '50/50 of the Arms' & 'Savage Back Attacks' and Abraham Marte's 'Aggressive Closed Guard'. Dan Covel's 'Black Magic Closed Guard' sounds like it could be perfect for you too its inversion in to armbars etc. from Closed Guard.

    (The Grappleclub) - Kaynan Duarte 'Advanced Guard Concepts'

    (techniqly) - Tom Halphin's ''Modern X Guard & Leglock Game'

    (Grapplerts) - Jon Thomas' 'The Open Guard System' and Rob Biernacki's "Nogi De La Riva'
     
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  16. maximus__ Brown Belt

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    Further to above I also have the grapplers guide which is great value for money.
     
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  17. dimmyfinster Blue Belt

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    In my opinion, at that level it's best to get a subscription. AOJ, Roger, BJJlibrary, MGinaction, Caio Terra, Cobrinha, whatever.

    That way, you learn an entire system. In a system, everything kind of goes together and they reuse concepts between different positions.
     
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  18. Kforcer Dragon Slayer

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    David Avellan is great.
     
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  19. TheJewBear Green Belt

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    Lachlan's escapes anthology has been game-changing for me as I've drilled it the past month or so. I haven't been stuck in anyone's side control/mount since. I'm able to escape 100% of the time with guys in my gym, including black belts, with a fair amount of ease.
     
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  20. GoatArtemLobov Brown Belt

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    So here is what I finally got myself
    -Danaher Back attacks: as I said, I wanted to improve on something which I was already not too bad at (so closed guard, back or leglocks).
    Got it for 88.5 bucks (197-50%-10 bucks coupon I had)
    -Danaher pin turtle escapes: wasn't supposed to buy that in the first place but the fact there was -55% savings on this one and that I had an extra 20% coupon because of my previous purchase definetely convinced me (ok it's still expensive and I fell for bjjfanatics aggressive selling methods, but fuck I need structured shit to work on, as my gym isn't going to reopen soon...). Moreover, Danaher is by far my favorite instructor, many find him annoying because of him babbling what they call Platowannabe BS, but I'm absolutely fascinated by his ability to systematize things, I could listen to him for hours and the results he had with his students speak for themselves. What I really want to have when I buy instructionals is concepts, I don't necessarily want some specific techniques or tricks (there is plenty of this stuff on youtube already), and, in that regard, Danaher is the best IMO. So it was the worth the extra 75 bucks IMO

    Thanks for all your sound advice and I will definetely go back to this thread in a few months when I will be fed up with drilling back controls and pin escapes (especially the Gordon Ryan, Lachlan and Jon Thomas instructionals interest me)
     

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