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Wednesday, 20 March 2013 06:42

Review/Mindmap: Gracie Barra Fundamentals 2.0 App Weeks 5 thru 8

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Gracie Barra has updated their Fundamentals Curriculum to the new version 2.0. If you missed it please check our breakdown of weeks 1 thru 4.  This program is intended to provide a solid foundation for the beginner as he moves towards obtaining his blue belt.  Their release video can be found here for those interested.

In this articles we’ll be breaking down the second App in the series, which covers week 5 thru 8.  The content is available from iTunes and on-demand for all mobile devices, tablets and PCs.  The Fundamentals set consists of 4 apps, each covering 4 weeks of their fundamentals curriculum for a total of 16 weeks of lessons.  The apps range in price from $9.99 to $14.99.  If you’re using the on-demand feature the instruction is broken down by the week and is available for $2.99 each with unlimited viewing for the year.  Don't forget to download the maps in PDFs for reference, link is at the bottom of the review.

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Content:
In this App Marcio goes over weeks 5 thru 8 of their fundamentals curriculum.  The app is just under an hour long and contains 24 chapters.  The instruction is balanced between escapes/sweeps from bad positions (~10 chapters) and what you should be doing once you're in a dominant position.  As always Marcio does a good job presenting the information clearly and the incredible production value adds tremendously to the verbal content.

gb fundamentals weeks 5 thru 8

Wrap Up:
GB Fundamentals 2.0 is an excellent instructional for someone starting out in BJJ, and especially so if you’re a student of Gracie Barra.  The second app in the series covers weeks 5 thru 8 of GB curriculum is just under an hour long and costs $14.99 for the app or $2.99 per curriculum week on-demand for a year of viewing.  The production value is second to none and is representative of the new standard in quality that Caio Terra’s Modern Jiu Jitsu DVDs introduced us to last year.  For a behind the scenes look at the production of the videos check out this video.

If you’re a white belt looking for a clearly defined curriculum to help you learn the techniques necessary to continue your growth in BJJ then this is a great place to start.  For students of Gracie Barra these apps represent a syllabus and video text book of what you need to learn and understand from their Fundamentals program.

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Matthew Corley

I'm a 37 year old husband and father to two girls.  I train under Ezra Lenon (black belt under Kiko France of American Top Team) in St Louis MO.  I drag my two little girls with me to the gym every chance that I get and usually end up training 5 days a week.  I'm a huge gear junkie, spend entirely too much time watching BJJ videos and am fascinated with the cerebral side of our sport.  When I'm not training or hanging with my family I work as a clinical pharmacist.

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