So What's On This Series?
Volume 1 starts out with one of the most important skills to drill, retaining and recovering the guard. Each drill that Tom leads you through is built to improve a level of your defense, starting with your legs framing on the body as they work to pass, then keeping your posture and angle against an aggressive top fighter, before showing how even the big guys like Tom can invert. Tom’s style of inverting across his shoulder instead of his head has kept him healthy and in a lot of matches over the years, so it is definitely worth checking out. Once you can maintain the guard, go a step further and attack by chaining together drills to attack from some of Toms signature positions (including the ashi garami, single leg x, x guard and the butterfly guard). In each one, you can see how he built the movements behind the moves that have brought him such success.
Half guard can be a really dynamic position if you know the right way to fight from there. That means you have to spend the time to learn the right reactions. Tom’s always had a great half guard game, and now you can see why. Learn how to keep your legs free and the pressure off, then find how to feel and create the reactions you can use for sweeps and submissions. Once these attacks, like Tom’s half guard kimura or the sweep right to the ashi garami, are second nature then everything else can open up in turn. Tom transitions back to the top game, showing the passing chains and fundamentals that any great passer must know to be effective (including how he has always been able to work both sides of the body to pass). For anyone looking to pressure and add some force to your top game, there’s a great drill where Tom shows how he has turned his opponent’s triangle choke into his own pass, complete with some nasty details that will keep you in control.
Have you ever gotten stuck on bottom and you just can’t seem to find a way out? Usually that’s because you need to make your own! Do that with these simple and technical escapes that are perfect for warming up and getting ready for a tough fight. Make your reactions to danger automatic and build your escapes the right way, step by step and with a plan. After you know what to do from bottom, learn the simple fundamentals from top that you can improve on to increase your control and hunt for the submission.
Flow rolling can be a really foreign concept to a lot of people, and it takes time to get it right. Still, according to Tom DeBlass, it’s one of the most important things you can do to improve your overall game! It’s that connection between drilling and sparring that lets you build fluidity and timing, pieces that you might not have otherwise. This 4-volume set is intended for you to learn these fundamentals the right way, including the final piece of Tom’s series where he shows you how to put everything together and flow through every position, using the body awareness and skills he has shown. Watch and see what you can accomplish when you have spent the time and built these base skills up!