Tape Name: Safe Escape/Combat Aikido (6 tapes)
Tape Cost: $10 for each of the 6 tapes
Length of Tape/Time: 60 minutes or less
Number of Moves/Techniques: Varies
Return Policy: for damages and defects
Experiences in dealing with this company: Fair
The Instructor: Robert Liedke
Company's Address: 1000 Century Blvd, Midwest, OK, 73110
Company's Phone Number: 1-800-626-2787
Web Page: http://www.centurymartialarts.com/accessories/media
Primary Grading Criteria:
1. Production/Tape Quality: 80
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 100
3. Comprehension Score/Immediate Understanding: 90
4. Degree to which this will make someone a better Martial Artist: 100
5. Score on delivery vs hype: 90
6. Degree to which we would recommend this product: 90
7. Wasted Time ( The higher the number,the less " fluff" /repetition ): 80
8. Playback Score/Watching it over-and-over again: 90
9. Would I purchase more of this company's products: 100
10. Overall grade based on cost vs. value: 90
Grand Total: 91% (Very Good/Excellent)
Secondary Grading Criteria:
1. Beginners benefit: Very Good
2. Intermediate benefit: Very Good
3. Advanced benefit: Good
4. Time to benefit: Immediate, or a few weeks
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None
This is going to be an all-in-one review of this 6 tape Liedke series. Instead of doing 6 separate reviews, we're going to cover all 6 tapes in this one review. I just don't have the time to do 6 separate reviews on a tape series! And doing it this way allows me to knock-this-one-out and more quickly move on to something else!
In the past I've reviewed some Aikido tapes/series, and at times thought several didn't really break-down each technique well enough, so that anyone could easily repeat what was shown. I felt Liedke did an excellent job of breaking-down each technique. I also liked the way Liedke taught the concepts and physical movements of each technique, and in many instances provided a close-up when it was needed.
As I've noticed on other Aikido tapes, there were techniques that require a person develop split second speed/timing, in order for them to work. But the beauty/grace of them, and the ease with which they are executed, certainly make them appealing. On the whole, I felt the Aikido techniques Liedke demonstrates could be learned easier than those on some other Aikido tapes I own. Certain Aikido videos I've seen in the past show a technique at 100 mph, and quickly move on to something else, leaving me afterwards thinking "OK, how about breaking that down, and explaining what just happened"
I saw many things I liked in this series and most all of it had value and made sense.
If you don't have much exposure to Aikido, or have a slight interest in finding out more about it, I would check out these videos. They certainly showed a variety of Aikido techniques for self defense situations and attacks.
In todays often pricey tape market, at only $10 per tape/dvd, I felt these were a hidden treasure and great bargain! 6 tapes for $60, how can you go wrong? Especially when now days there are some companies that charge $60 for just one tape! If I were you, and had even a slight interest, I'd hurry and get them, just in case Century decides someday they can increase the price and sell them for more!
FYI - I have a list of various video martial arts instructors who haven't sent us their material for review. In some instances, many of them aren't replying to requests for us to do that! Hmmm, wonder why? ;-) If by chance you can make a small donation of even $1 or so, to help support this sites expenses, and help us buy tapes, it would certainly help me buy tapes companies don't want us to REVIEW! If you haven't seen something reviewed, it's often because video instructors don't want us too! But hey, it's America, freedom of speech, right? So the reviews shall continue!!!
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