American Penetration

Posted by on January 14, 2018

This is the first VHS video OntheMat released for sale way back in 2001. It was a mix of video we had released online, plus some new footage edited together.

This is the first VHS video OntheMat released for sale way back in 2001. It was a mix of video we had released online, plus some new footage edited together. Recall that this was back before the days of YouTube (does anyone out there still own a VCR?), in order to watch our online footage we had to compress it down to manageable size (I went for about 10 MB or less) and people would usually need to download that overnight. We tried to make this video look like a skateboard or other X-game style video; the idea was to highlight Jiu Jitsu in a way to make it exciting even to someone who had no idea what Jiu Jitsu was all about. Aside from seeing how young everyone looks in this video compared to now, I think a lot of the choices we made in terms of editing and content reflect Scotty and myself from a different era. Even the semi-pornographic name American Penetration (which Dave Camarillo came up with) was a bit of a naughty play on words, but the main focus was highlighting the scene in the United States and the players that were up and coming. The video has been converted to HD but released unedited. However because we knew nothing of copyright laws at the time we used a ton of music that we should not have, thus large portions of audio are missing from this release. I might go back and re-edit this with royalty free music, but as you might guess, the scope of the task of getting all of this old school footage up is why I am turning to Patreon for support. Either way, please enjoy!

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