Jiu Jitsu Book + DVD
Triangle by Rigan Machado with accompanying dvd
after watching the DVD, you'll get the impression that Rigan is a seriously funny
man. The kind of guy that you want as your uncle, cracking jokes the one minute
and then sorting out any troublemaking dude the next. And in a way, that's the
nice thing about his presentation
A4 layout of the book isn't really necessary, as the information from each page
could easily be compacted. It looks like a graphic designer has gone to town.
That said, I personally like this layout, as clarity of image and information
is very good. (My assessment of image and info, is always based on having the
physical memory, a feeling of form as you see an image, a kind of, my body knows
just how that feels. And in this book' case the visuals are very succinct.)
I would say that most triangle specialists aren't going to learn much new here
(though I did smile at the Triangle entry from the back), the foundations are
rock solid, and everyone will find something of use. (My personal focus was
on the reverse triangle from the back, which marries well with choke specialists)
contents in Brief: A section on stretching - nothing new and the guy in it looks
really pissed off, like this guy doesn't like stretching one bit
point section and Clearing Obstacles section: Very basic, but very comprehensive.
it's also good to think BJJ as solving problems rather than just giving the impression
that it is a series of techniques that just need to be executed
- from the DVD this is good. I did this with a friend and thought fantastic. Basic,
but better than the drills that we do at present.
5 looks at your armbar, arm crank and omoplata in brief, but is then followed
by 59 setups for the triangle from every angle.
My only criticism
would be that Rigan, being the big man he is, sometimes uses the "drag your opponent
in the jaws of your waiting triangle" method, which big, strong guys can do on
lesser sized people. Whilst I prefer more of the unbalance, push/pull, or strategic
trapping sequences. Of course all techniques need to be looked upon in context,
and for most part you'll be looking to take a bigger opponents back.
there's a section on Defenses against the Triangle
in all good stuff with the DVD included. But beware, only some of the techniques
from the book are included.
very pro BJJ, but also covers the favoured Judo entries. Misses out, though, on
a classic marcelo triangle switch which is shear beauty (Marcelo's instructional