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Interview with Colby Black – Draculino’s main man

Well I have said it before but I am finally back in the game and back online.

I have been concentrating on getting my new job settled and making sure I make the right impact and that is now all going great and am enjoying myself even though it is a fair bit of travel.  I also managed to squeeze a wee break in to the south of France and all that along with settling a few other things has taken me away from the game I love and from this site.

So I thought that the opening of the new Forge and the Mendes Brothers Seminar would be a good time to kick start my ass into gear again.  Thus as of 23rd September 2011 I am have until December 30th 2011 to get from 23st 5lbs to a maximum of 21St and to prgress my BJJ in general.

I will also be tweeting from the ADCC weekend and writing an update when I get back so you can follow me @stewnorriss Here

Now to the main point of this article, I ran an interview some time ago with the legendary Draculino none of which would have been possible without both Justin and the Colby and I wanted to learn some more about Colby the man himself and also about his training.  In typically cool style he produced a video interview for me in two parts and here they are.  A genuinely interesting and certainly very good guy…

Interview Part 1
Interview Part 2

 

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Draculino My Interview

With many many thanks to the awesome Colby who made this video for me here is my video interview with the legend Draculino – all my thanks to him too.

What an amazing start to the new year watch this space as I will keep the good things coming.

Draculino Interview

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Killer Apps – Chokes, Armbars and Sweeps

I got a copy of these three apps two of which were given free (armbars and chokes) one of which (sweeps) is currently free on the apps store with the aim of reviewing them as I have done with some others out there on the market. I am reviewing on an iPhone 4 running IOS 4.2.1 (8C148).

This is a fledgling market and really only the Machado Brothers, Stephen Kesting, Darculino and Roy Dean have embraced it fully, with only Roy and Draculino going for a full course offering.

As with all new apps and technologies there are bound to be teething problems and issues so I have taken this into account in this review. It is not the same as reviewing DVD’s, Gi’s or belts as these are all established and should be at that point of perfection, or at least nearing it.

Overview

This is a review of the app suite that killer apps offer in conjunction with Bradon Quick and his online training site.

Before I go any further I am aware that there has been some controversy surrounding Brandon in the past but this is nothing to do with this review I am purely looking at the apps.

There a standard disclaimer at the start of the app, about the risk of the sport and the fact that you take this on yourself and should always be aware but it does need to show you a down arrow or something to suggest how to navigate away from it.

The initial loading and screen is well branded if a little slow to load through some of the screens but this may be down to the need to push sales to keep price low.

Menus

The menu system is functional in each app offering a by the position breakdown

The Armbars app for example offers

Guard
Butterfly
Back
Mount
Knee on Belly

Then a task bar menu with
Home – News – Contact – Library – More

These do what they suggest with the more tab pushing me to sponsors and links to the app on facebook which sadly just would not load when I tried to use it.

There is no branding on this screen just a sparse menu but this is something which could easily be added as the app is updated.

The menus then take you straight to a set of videos with small icon previews which when clicked on first, load a rate our app screen which can become a little tiring as it happens each time you click a video and you may not be ready to rate the app for some time till you have been through it.

Video Content

The videos themselves however are good quality visually. The sound as with any BJJ video, DVD or App I have seen is a bit hollow but that comes from filming in a large matted room.

Where the chokes and armbar (no gi) apps do fall down a little compared to some of the others I have reviewed is that at times you only get to see the technique from one angle which does not always give you all you nee. The sweeps application (with gi) does remedy this somewhat but has a lot less content at the moment.

Also the fact that two are no gi and one is a gi application is a little confusing but I guess it is a case of just growing so everything is covered and I know that they are planning to keep expanding.

Details

So what do you get:

Armbars (no gi) £2.39
35 videos each around a minute and a half in length
Neat organised menu and icon based previews

Chokes (no gi) £2.39
31 videos each around a minute and a half in length
The menu system on this one is a little less well organised but still with previews

Sweeps (gi) Free and if it gets 100 ratings they will update again for free
9 half guard videos from a minute and a half to over seven minutes
1 sub menu and icon based previews of videos

Conclusion

If you are looking to see if the iPhone based app versions of BJJ instructional videos are for you then you cannot go wrong with these apps as the price makes them accessible to all and a very good jumping in point. If you are looking for a full traditional BJJ suite of apps which cover the teachings, ethos and a full curriculum they do not offer that and you should look towards Draculino or Roy Dean’s apps which are of course a good deal more expensive.

The overall feel and look could be improved with a few minor updates and as the apps grow and the library of what is offered grows the apps could do with being standardised. All the apps need the same look and feel and probably to state if you are getting a gi or no gi training library. These are all things that can only really be done with the support of the BJJ community and these apps do deserve that because at the price they do offer a good tool.

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Draculino BJJ Training – A Library of Jiu Jitsu Techniques

I just got a copy of the subscription iPhone App from Draculino which is free to download, I was also given access to the full Training Videos and Structured Curriculum free from his webmaster Justin who has been amazingly helpful.

I am reviewing on an iPhone 4 running IOS 4.1 (8B117).

This is first iPhone app I have seen which uses a subscription basis backed up by a website http://www.draculinobjjtraining.com/

As with all new apps and technologies there are bound to be teething problems and issues so I have taken this into account in this review. It is not the same as reviewing DVD’s, Gi’s or belts as these are all established and should be at that point of perfection, or at least nearing it.

Overview

The App Icon is of course the well known and very strongly positioned Draculino Vampire style bat logo, once you see this you know who it is and the same for the app.

There is no disclaimer at the start of the app, about the risk of the sport and the fact that you take this on yourself and should always be aware but this seems to be something which varies across apps.

When you access the app you get a strong Draculino image and a link to the site which is good strong branding.

The menu like the blue belt app is very well designed showing:

– Closed Guard
– Half Guard
– Side Control
– Mount
– Rear Mount
– Turtle Guard
– Standing
– Spider Guard
– Open Guard
– Knee on Belly
– Back
– Hand on the Collar Guard
– Outside Hook Guard
– Sit-Up Guard
– Other

The main screen also has little images of each technique along with the description which is a nice touch and gives you a good idea of where the technique is carried out from. This is a point which makes the application stand out initially from others.

The whole thing is set out just as I would want it to be done and is very easy to navigate and use, the fact that the videos are streamed means that you are quicker using this on WiFi but 3G is also a very acceptable speed and the videos do not lag at all.

The videos themselves however are of the very best quality as you would expect from someone who has so embraced the technology. The sound is as good as I have heard on one of these apps and works very well through headphones which I think most people will use when viewing a phone application like this.

Each technique is shown, explained, shown again, then issues and adjustments are looked into before finally showing the technique from all angles. One thing carried over from the Blue Belt App is the bullet point breakdown of the technique and how to do it which is a nice touch before each video. As before each section is as good as you would get from a DVD with the added portability that this format offers you. Couple this with excellent scaling to the screen of an iPhone make it an extremely valuable tool for a BJJ practitioner both new and experienced.

Details
Cost for App : Free for which you see 2 videos

Subscription:
Yearly 2 months free
Training Videos – $250/Year (£155)
Training Videos and Structured Curriculum – $400/Year (£248)

Monthly
Training Videos – $25/Month (£16)
Training Videos and Structured Curriculum – $40/Month (£25)

Plus any data costs
UK Prices correct as of 22/11/2010

So what do you get:

– Currently 365 videos which just keeps growing
– Techniques shot using multiple angles
– Over 20 hours of edited footage
– Both gi and nogi techniques classified into 15 different positions
– Text descriptions accompany each technique highlighting important details
– Full access to the training web site with subscription

Conclusion

It may seem like a lot to outlay on an iPhone app but remember you also get full access too http://www.draculinobjjtraining.com/

This is a massive library of techniques from one of the worlds premier BJJ exponents and covers almost any technique you would want as well as giving you the option to feedback via the website on what you want to see next.

With a download subscription app in the works so you do not have to stream the videos as well as a constantly growing library this is a team who really get the new technology. I doubt you could find anything better from a video tutorial app and the price really is justified as the content will just keep growing, a real must for anyone who can get it.

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Don’t you forget about me

Well I will be away for a few days next week and probably not doing too much actively online but there is a mass of stuff all to come which I am very excited about.

I have a new logo in the works done by my very talented mate Richard see his work here

My gum shield fitting for the review is due next week which I am looking forward too and also have the same old dentist fear so let’s see how at ease I am put.

The Roy Dean No Gi app review will be up soon as will the huge Draculino subscription app and website review, I have also been asked to review a couple of other BJJ apps and will be going through these over the next few days, initial glimpse looks good so far.

The Tatami Gi review is well under way with some great photo’s done, measurements, rolling, more photo’s, washing and more measuring already having taken place and I think I might be falling in love, however I have had word from a couple of other suitors who hopefully I can come to a Gi review arrangement with so I will not commit too soon 🙂

My interview with Ross Pettifer has been completed and he is a compelling person to talk to this will be going into a newly redesigned MMAD magazine shortly so watch this space as the Ross Pettifer story has only just begun, this is a man going places.

I also have a fascinating interview with John Goldson owner of the Forge Gym where I train talking to him about everything from the future of BJJ and MMA in the North as well as the time he was a corner man to an iconic UFC fighter.

Most recently my good mate Rob from across the pond has hooked me up with Team Quest BJJ instructor Carlos Zapata read about him here which is very exciting.

Finally I have a BIG announcement (yes it is that big) about a BJJ Hall of Fame Black Belt and multiple world champion coming up in the next few days.

Watch this space and come along with me I promise an interesting journey if nothing else

If you have ideas or feedback please give me a shout on here or

mail me stewnorriss @ gmail.com
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Twitter @stewnorriss

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Draculino BJJ Training – Blue Belt Basics

I just got a copy of the Blue Belt Requirements iPhone App from Draculino at no cost with the aim of reviewing it and hopefully some others out there on the market. I am reviewing on an iPhone 4 running IOS 4.1 (8B117).

This is a fledgling market and is the second full course application I have reviewed the other being the Roy Dean Blue Belt course.

As with all new apps and technologies there are bound to be teething problems and issues so I have taken this into account in this review. It is not the same as reviewing DVD’s, Gi’s or belts as these are all established and should be at that point of perfection, or at least nearing it.

Overview

The App Icon is of course the well known and very strongly positioned Draculino Vampire style bat logo, once you see this you know who it is and the same for the app.

There is no disclaimer at the start of the app, about the risk of the sport and the fact that you take this on yourself and should always be aware but this seems to be something which varies across apps.

When you access the app you get a strong Draculino image and a link to the site which is good strong branding.

Menu

The menu system is nice offering 42 technique videos which include:

Americana from mount
Ankle sweep going to mount
Arm bar from guard (standing opponent)
Arm bar from knee on belly
Arm bar from mount
Arm bar from side control
Basic guard pass on the knees
Basic guard pass standing up in posture
Bump/Portuguese sweep
Collar choke from back
Escape from side control by recovering the guard
Escape from side control by turning on fours/turtle position
Escape from the back (hands on the neck)
Escape from the back (no hands on the neck)
From double to single leg take down
Getting the back from mount position (Back pack and Hooks)
Half guard pass to mount
Ippon seioi nage when opponent tries standing one hand choke
Ippon seoi nage by fake single leg attempt
Jumping over the leg guard pass
Keeping the open guard (foot on the hip and biceps)
Keeping the open guard (spider guard control)
Kimura from guard
Kimura from side control

The main screen also has little images of each technique along with the description which is a nice touch and gives you a good idea of where the technique is carried out from. This is a point which makes the application stand out initially from others.

Oddly the one thing I would change is the opposite of the Roy Dean app which needed more granularity. In this app that is done perfectly but in my opinion it could do with some top level categories just to neaten the offering.

Each set of techniques could come under a menu for example:

Techniques From Mount
Submissions
Side Control
Etc.

This would make the initial scrolling a bit quicker and easier to jump to a section but this is a minor gripe to be honest.

Video Content

The videos themselves however are of the very best quality as you would expect from someone who has so embraced the technology. As a blue belt student I have watched them again and again and they offer something to everyone blue belt or not. The sound is as good as I have heard on one of these apps and works very well through headphones which I think most people will use when viewing a phone application like this.

Each technique is shown, explained, shown again, then issues and adjustments are looked into before finally showing the technique from all angles. One of the things that I have not seen before is that before you watch the video you get a bullet point breakdown of the technique and how to do it which is a nice touch. As before each section is as good as you would get from a DVD with the added portability that this format offers you. Couple this with excellent scaling to the screen of an iPhone make it an extremely valuable tool for a BJJ practitioner both new and experienced.

Details
So what do you get:
Price 23.99 currently discounted to 20.99 until Nov 14th courtesy of yours truly and the good people at Draculino BJJ
Videos 127 minutes and 8 seconds (2 hours 7 mins 18 seconds)

Conclusion

While you do get slightly less video content in terms of time than with the Roy Dean app there is absolutely no filler and you get as many techniques as with the former app. I would say that from what I have seen, this is the premier BJJ iPhone app out there on the market and links well into the training delivered at http://www.draculinobjjtraining.com/

Over all for an app that is in it’s earliest stages I would wholly recommend this and at the discounted price until November 14th it is certainly worth every penny and more. This is something which really helps to push the sport into the modern day using the internet to reach a whole new audience and it is great to see. It is all of course about personal opinion but personally if I would be happy to pay the full price for this app and feel I had done well.

The on-line subscription app review will follow but it has even more content so the going is a little slower.

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Draculino iPhone App – Special Offer

After chatting to Draculino and the marvellous guys on his team Justin and Colby I have got a special discount agreed on the Blue Belt Complete iPhone App until November 14th

In the UK it will drop from £23.99 to £20.99 and in the USA the price will drop by $5 to 34.99 a similar discount will be added worldwide.

If your iTunes is still showing the original price then just wait for Apple to refresh and remember you have until November 14th so the race begins.

My review of the app will be up tomorrow for anyone wanting to wait but trust me this is one app worth it’s money and then some.

For more info please visit the official site at http://www.draculinobjjtraining.com/

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