Pro MMA Now Product Review: The “Chokes” app for the iPhone

Brandon Quick is able to effectively meld quality BJJ instruction with modern day technology.

One of my favorite things to do since I started blogging has been product reviews. Thanks to the great people at Victory Belt and BudoVideos, I have had an opportunity to review some of the best MMA instructional products out there, and thanks to great guys like E. Jon Wertheim, I’ve had the chance to read some excellent books on the history of the sport that I love to follow. However, in spite of all this, the products I have reviewed have been solely books and DVDs. Let’s face it, there aren’t many more mediums out there that can be taken advantage of. However, a new product has been released in a different medium, and although it is not the first of its type, it is arguably the best available. It comes from a friend of mine, someone who readers of Pro MMA Now should recognize – Brandon “Never Quit” Quick.

Quick should be no stranger to readers of Pro MMA Now. A subject of a profile I completed shortly before I joined the website, and the brains behind Fade to Black, one of the preeminent instructional DVD sets on the market today, Quick is the type of guy who truly understands the role that technology plays in effective training.

“Chokes” ($2.99 in the iTunes store), developed by Killer Apps features 31 videos detailing various chokes from different positions. The Chokes library includes videos in the following categories: Darce Basics, Turtle/Sprawl, North/South, Side Control, and Mount.

Anyone familiar with Quick’s prior work can expect to see the same detail and efficient, thoughtful instruction that he previously demonstrated in Fade to Black. Each individual video has an average run-time of about two-and-a-half minutes. After each video is played (on the same internal video player as if you were watching a TV show or music video downloaded from iTunes), the viewer has the option to replay the video or read some “Key Points” about that particular technique. I found the key points helpful because they are literally a quick (no pun intended) checklist of what you should watch out for while attempting each submission, again driving home the most important things to note about technique and position.

The techniques are shown from different angles, and some in slow motion, so practitioners can pick up the nuances of each position to perform the different techniques correctly. While the application is by no means a complete BJJ training manual, it is an excellent, affordable supplement to anyone’s training arsenal. Killer Apps’ also website states that future apps are planned, including ones on Guard, Leg Locks, Half Guard, and Sweeps.

So, if you have an iPhone, head over to iTunes and download it. At just $2.99, it’s a steal. However, a word to the wise – the app clocks in at 353 MB in size, so it’s best to download it to a computer, then transfer it to your phone.

For more information on Brandon Quick and the Trinity Combat Academy, head over to Trinity Combat Academy. To purchase Fade to Black, check out Budovideos.com. For information on seminars and private instruction, feel free to email Brandon – bquick[at]trinitycombatacademy.com

By: Brian Furby

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