The Great Escapes and Counters DVD by Gustavo Machado

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From the creator of the Quarter Guard, Gustavo Machado, in conjunction with Fightlife Productions, has released his latest DVD, Great Escapes and Counters. Along with Mauricio “Tinguinha” Mariano, Gustavo first demonstrates the submission or the position, immediately followed by a technically sound and detail-oriented escape or counter. Gustavo affords a variety of options for each attack with this DVD showcasing around 50 BJJ (grappling) basics and advanced escapes.

This exciting instructional will overwhelm you with techniques and is a must have for any serious ground fighter. With escapes from specific positions, arm bars and chokes, Gustavo unlocks his knowledge from the details insuring each technique’s maximum effectiveness. Alongside the instruction, Gustavo brings his charisma and conveys his passion for jiu-jitsu which has made him one of the most valued and respected Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teachers in the world.

Gustavo is the head instructor and founder of Gustavo Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as well as the president and founder of the Virginia Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation. Gustavo was promoted to Black Belt by Professor Roberto "Gordo" Correa.

Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
It's Okay

This DVD is relatively old now, and you'll notice in the production value. There's only one camera angle shown, and sometimes it's a bad angle. During some of the positional escapes you got a great view of the patch on the back Tinguina's gi, but you don't see how Gustavo is positioning his legs, which is definitely a more important detail. Also the menu is kinda primitive; one you click on one escape to view all the rest of them are automatically played. Going forward and backward is not easy, you have to go back to the main menu and then select another escape to view.

I did get a couple of good escapes from this. Some of the unorthodox positional escapes are pretty good, but only in limited situations. The collar choke defense is great and has become my go-to defense to that submission. If I had to do it over again I might have purchased a different instructional on defense; something newer and with higher production quality. Different camera angles, at the very least, would be welcome.

Sylvain Archambeault

The Great Escapes and Counters DVD by Gustavo Machado

David Tice
Must have instructional

Man it just goes on and on. I feel like a black now knowing all these escapes. People ask me how did I learn so much.
For one thing it teaches you the submission first and then the counter so it's like two DVDs in one.
Actually I don’t want other people knowing about this or having this DVD.

william Barron II

All white Belts need this DVD learn to Survive first,worry about submissions later.GREAT VIDEO!

Alberto Gonzalez
a lot of great escapes

As the name says, a lot of great escapes from every position and very easy to do them.