Martial Arts Trailers

New Jean Jacques Machado Grappling DVDs Coming Soon! Set Will Feature Submission Grappling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed-Martial Arts Techniques!

Based on their acclaimed best-selling book of the same name, Jean Jacques Machado and Jay Zeballos’ highly anticipated three-DVD set, The Grappler’s Handbook: Gi and No-Gi Techniques, serves as a martial arts multimedia companion wherein the two Brazilian jiu-jitsu masters demonstrate takedowns, chokes, holds and submissions in living color and in exhaustive detail. Filmed at the Jean Jacques Machado Academy in Los Angeles, this set will offer multi-angle coverage (front, three-quarters and overhead) of each technique with step-by-step instructions, contextual explanations for each technique’s application, and an optional on-screen subtitle track with page-specific book references for an even deeper learning experience!

BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU DVD TRAILER VIDEO
Jean Jacques Machado and Jay Zeballos’ Upcoming Three-Disc Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu DVD Set Demonstrates Techniques Found in The Grappler’s Handbook: Gi and No-Gi Techniques Book


Special features in this set will include the following:

Jean Jacques Machado and Jay Zeballos demonstrate a Brazilian jiu-jitsu takedown.

Techniques featured in this set will include (but certainly will not be limited to) the following:

  • Closed Guard to Back Control
  • Gi Choke Using Sleeve Control
  • Omo Plata Reversal When Opponent Posts One Leg
  • Guard Pass Defense to Brabo Choke
  • Arm Drag to Back Control to Rear-Naked Choke
  • Progressive Attacks From Leg-on-Shoulder Closed Guard
  • Double-Underhook Pass to Crucifix
  • Leg Sweep Butterfly-Guard Pass
  • Side-Control Escape Counter to Armbar
  • Tripod Choke
  • Anaconda Choke From Turtle Top
  • Jumping to Closed Guard
  • Butterfly Guard
  • Arm Trap to Shoulder Lock to Strikes
  • Reversal From Closed Guard
  • Standing Guard Break With Pass
  • Triangle Choke From Open Guard

DO YOU HAVE THE BOOK? … NO???!!! … STEP UP TO THE MAT!
If you’re interested in these upcoming DVDs, the book on which they are based is available in our online store! World-renowned teacher Jean Jacques Machado highlights the secrets behind gi and no-gi techniques for martial artists of all levels to successfully transition between styles.


Japanese Weapons Master Masayuki Shimabukuro Demonstrates Samurai Sword-Cutting Techniques in Advanced Samurai Swordsmanship DVD Preview!

In their new Japanese martial arts DVD collection, Advanced Samurai Swordsmanship, samurai sword masters Masayuki Shimabukuro and Carl E. Long detail and demonstrate a variety of samurai sword techniques. In this exclusive DVD preview, Long introduces Shimabukuro’s cutting demonstration, or suemono giri. “We’re going to explore the more advanced section of test cutting,” he explains. “The first one we’re going to do is called inazuma. Inazuma means ‘lightning strike,’ so it’s key that the cuts never truly stop moving. The sword continues to move properly back and forth through the mat.”

SAMURAI DVD PREVIEW VIDEO
Advanced Samurai Swordsmanship
by Masayuki Shimabukuro and Carl E. Long


The three-disc set Advanced Samurai Swordsmanship details a variety of cutting techniques, various attacks and defenses in two-man sword-sparring situations. Some of these situations involve equal swords, some are long sword vs. short sword, and some are even sword vs. an unarmed man! These methods for practice are explained first by Long and then demonstrated with his sensei, with particular attention paid to footwork, timing, hand positions and rhythm.



Topics in Advanced Samurai Swordsmanship include the following:

  • two-man sparring
  • deep-level practice of kata (forms)
  • agility and body movement
  • precision-cutting demonstrations
  • mastery drills for timing, blocking and drawing
  • expert development of footwork
  • on-screen glossary of samurai swordsmanship terminology

NEW SAMURAI SWORDSMANSHIP BOOK!
Samurai Swordsmanship: The Batto, Kenjutsu and Tameshigiri of Eishin-Ryu demonstrates and explains the history, construction and rituals of the 400-year-old art of battojutsu. Filled with detailed picture sequences illustrating the fundamental principles and techniques of samurai swordsmanship, it includes in-depth discussion of tameshigiri (test cutting), batto waza (sword-drawing forms), uniform care, sword etiquette, kumitachi (paired drills) and samurai philosophy. AVAILABLE NOW!


An eighth-dan in muso jikiden eishin-ryu iaijutsu and the 2006 Black Belt Hall of Fame Weapons Instructor of the Year, Masayuki Shimabukuro has received official appointment as the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai’s international representative for iaido and battodo.

Carl E. Long oversees certification of Jikishin-Kai International’s North American, South American and European instructors. The JKI vice chairman and director is a five-time recipient of the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai’s yushu-sho, one of the highest awards granted for the performance of iaido.


MASAYUKI SHIMABUKURO FEATURED
IN 50TH ANNIVERSARY MAGAZINE SERIES!


Masayuki Shimabukuro was featured on the first cover of a six-issue collection commemorating the 50th anniversary of Black Belt magazine, celebrated in June 2011! These six magazines are now available as a set! Follow the timelines as Black Belt travels back into the past with vintage cover prints and photos of famous martial artists from the past 50 years. Order your set today and relive martial arts history!


Real Samurai Sword Masters in Action on New Japanese Martial Arts DVD Collection!

Japanese weapons master Masayuki Shimabukuro takes you to the next level of samurai sword mastery in this three-disc samurai DVD set! In Advanced Samurai Swordsmanship, Japanese sword master Masayuki Shimabukuro and his senior student, Carl E. Long, delve deeper into the elegance of body-and-weapon movement that defines personal mastery of the legendary Japanese weapon.

As Shimabukuro and Long wrote in their recent book, Samurai Swordsmanship: The Batto, Kenjutsu and Tameshigiri of Eishin-Ryu (available now in our online store), “The study of the sword is the study of face-to-face combat–the study of life and death. It therefore stands to reason that in order to truly understand the sword arts, it’s necessary to engage in the regular practice of kumitachi (also known as katachi), which are the paired waza of kenjutsu and battojutsu. However, most practitioners of the Japanese sword arts today focus only on batto waza and engage in little if any paired practice. This is a mistake that results in an incomplete understanding of how to truly use the sword–how to really express the true depth and breadth of the battojutsu and kenjutsu.”

And thus, in their new 3-DVD set, Advanced Samurai Swordsmanship, Shimabukuro and Long spend a significant portion of the instruction time detailing various attacks and defenses in two-man sword-sparring situations. Some involve equal swords, some are long sword vs. short sword, and some are even sword vs. an unarmed man! These methods for practice are explained first by Long and then demonstrated with his sensei, with particular attention paid to footwork, timing, hand positions and rhythm. After all, as these sword masters write in Samurai Swordsmanship: The Batto, Kenjutsu and Tameshigiri of Eishin-Ryu, “A training partner changes the feeling and understanding of everything in a practitioner’s swordsmanship–timing, footwork, distancing and the feeling of receiving a real attack, to name just a few.”

Pre-order Advanced Samurai Swordsmanship from our online store today!

SAMURAI DVD TRAILER | Advanced Samurai Swordsmanship
by Masayuki Shimabukuro and Carl E. Long


This three-disc samurai DVD collection includes:

  • mastery drills for timing, blocking and drawing
  • agility and body movement
  • precision-cutting demonstrations
  • two-man sparring
  • deep-level practice of kata (forms)
  • expert development of footwork
  • on-screen glossary of samurai swordsmanship terminology

An eighth-dan in muso jikiden eishin-ryu iaijutsu and a Black Belt Hall of Fame member (2006 Weapons Instructor of the Year), Masayuki Shimabukuro has received official appointment as the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai’s international representative for iaido and battodo.

Vice chairman and director for the Jikishin-Kai International, Carl E. Long oversees certification of its North American, South American and European instructors. He is a five-time recipient of the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai’s yushu-sho, one of the highest awards granted for the performance of iaido.…

Mick Coup: Eye Gouges for Self-Defense

On March 8, 2007, reality-based self-defense expert Mick Coup visited the offices of Black Belt to be photographed for a feature article in the August 2007 issue. In the article, “Reach Out and Touch Someone,” Mick Coup discusses the role of indexing and how this age-old skill–when properly tuned up and utilized–can propel your self-defense ability forward by a quantum leap. Mick Coup demonstrated several techniques and theories from his long history of martial arts training, six of which were captured on video. Mick Coup is the founder of Core Combatives. The England-based self-defense instructor has trained in jujutsu, kung fu, kickboxing and karate for 25 years. He currently works as a security specialist and military consultant.


Gokor Chivichyan: Fighting Tall Opponents

If you don’t know Gokor, you’re not really into grappling. Disagree all you want, but you can’t dispute the fact that Gokor Chivichyan is the go-to guy for submissions, especially leg locks. He was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame in 1997 as Judo Instructor of the Year, but his curriculum vitae extends so far beyond that art that it’s not even funny. In addition to his ninth-degree black belt in judo, he holds a sixth degree in sambo and a sixth degree in jujutsu. Long before he earned them, he entered his first competition—and went home victorious. That was in 1971, and he hasn’t stopped winning since. The Armenian expatriate now oversees 27 affiliate schools in the United States and 43 in Europe, and organizes 10 Hayastan Grappling Challenge tournaments a year in the United States and seven in Europe. In this archival video, Gokor shoots a 2007 grappling story for Black Belt, the world’s leading magazine of self-defense and martial arts, and shows you how to fight tall opponents.


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