Company: Hand/Off Home Video Productions
Tape Name: Surviving Terrorism
- Hijacking: Planes, Trains and Buses
Tape Cost: $19.95 (VHS), $24.95 (DVD)
of Tape/Time: Approximately 60 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: 10 techniques
Experiences in dealing with this company: Excellent
Company's Address: 2210 South First Street, Austin, Texas
Company's Phone Number: 512-916-4449
Primary Grading Criteria:
Production/Tape Quality: 8
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 10
Score/Immediate Understanding: 10
4. Degree to which this will make someone a
better Martial Artist: 10
5. Score on delivery vs hype: 10
6. Degree to which
we would recommend this product: 10
7. Wasted Time ( The higher the number, the
less " fluff" /repetition ): 10
8. Playback Score/Watching it over-and-over
9. Would I purchase more of this company's products: 10
grade based on cost vs. value: 10
Grand Total: 98% (Excellent = 4.5 Stars
Secondary Grading Criteria:
Beginners benefit: Excellent
2. Intermediate benefit: Excellent
4. Time to benefit: Most material is of immediate benefit.
The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None
decided to take a break from the series I was reviewing (Carlson Gracie's), so as
to clear my mind. I dug around in a huge box I keep, of tapes I'd received over the
past year, and pulled this one out. Funny thing, this tape just showed up one day,
and I never even asked for it.
First thing I thought when I saw the title
was "Here's one I can rip, cause they're trying to capitalize on the events
of 9-11". As I looked at the cover of this tape, for some reason I had immediate
flashbacks of watching and "ripping" Jerry Peterson's SCARS tapes. Most
of you know that I have little respect for those who try to make-a-buck, promising
the world and delivering less, on whatever fad, craze, or fear is currently going
Boy was I wrong (regarding "ripping" this tape). If you've
ever wanted a tape that teaches in a very easy format how to defend yourself
against a knife or gun, this is one of the best I've seen! The techniques are few
(about 10) but they're enough! Abel Villareal goes through numerous hijacking re-enactments,
where a knife or gun is the weapon of choice, and how to disarm an assilant. Then
he cuts to a seminar type setting, where he breaks down the techniques.
beauty of this tape is the simplicity of the techniques Mr. Villareal demonstrates.
Each technique shown to defend oneself against a knife/gun pointed at their throat,
eyes, or stomach, is simple, very very simple.
cuts to a seminar setting, showing and breaking down each technique. Then he randomly
pulls what appears to be non-martial arts people out of the audience, brings them
up front, and in a mock situation, has each of them within a minute or two, dispatching
would-be-assiliants with such flash and amazing ease, that each audience participant
looks like they should be acting in a big budget martial arts movie. I kid you not!
The techniques are simple, effective, don't require tons of speed, power
or experience. In fact, this is one of the few tapes I've ever seen where a person
could literally buy the tape, and just from watching it, mimick Mr. Villareal's techniques.
makes the tape even more interesting is this. Mr. Villareal is so confident in his
techniques, that he challenges audience members up front to act as the assilant,
trying to stab or shoot another audience member (defender) who was just taught the
technique in under 2-3 minutes. Better still, Mr. Villareal uses a fake gun with
a working hammer, to test the speed of his techiques against the speed of someone
pulling a trigger. I've yet to see anything like it on tape! Talk about realistic
training, and putting-your-money-where-your-mouth is, regarding having strangers
prove your techniques work, WOW!
Mr. Villareal constantly emphasizes that
a persons speed, size, or strength won't matter, regarding making these techniques
work, and he proves it throughout the tape, with various audience members taking
an active part in defending themself.
One of the coolest things about most
of the techniques shown is that they are all almost alike. Meaning, that one of the
main concepts/techniques shown to disarm is constant throughout the tape. I've always
been a big fan of "keeping it simple". I've seen some tapes that show dozens
and dozens of knife disarm techniques, based on this-position-or-that, leaving me,
and I'm sure others, wondering how much thinking one would have to do in the heat-of-the-moment.
Mr. Villareal more-or-less says to those types of techniques "forget about it".
sure some of you know I can't resist at times using the space in these reviews to
address other thoughts/ideas that come to mind while watching tapes. And there's
one I want to address. The teaching of knife/gun defense at martial arts schools.
One of the martial arts styles I took (TKD) didn't seriously teach knife/gun defense
until a person had been in their school for about 2 yrs. Personally, I think this
is one of the biggest mistakes an instructor can make. And for those of you who disagree,
or want to know who am I to say that, YES....I did have my own school at one time.
And if you're an instructor, or own a school, then you know that 95% or better of
those who enroll in a martial arts school, will never make it to black belt. Why
is it that some schools won't teach knife/gun disarming until a person is right under
"black"? I think that's a huge disservice. Personally, I think that all
schools should thoroughly teach knife/gun disarming to students the first month they
attend class! Heck, why not make that a yellow belt (or first belt) requirement?
I've seen some schools spend an hour on it one day, and then wait 6 months to a year,
before spending time on it again! Mr. Villareal proved to me, with this tape, that
one can easily make any audience member proficient with his techniques easily, and
with what appears to be almost guaranteed success! This tape shows that with Mr.
Villareal's techniques, anyone can walk away in under an hour, having very
thorough knowledge and ability regarding knife/gun defense techniques, and be able
to successfully execute them, even when a person is really trying to cut or
shot them! It just doesn't get any better than that!
If your training has
left out gun/knife defense, or you're not a martial artist, yet you want to learn
this sort of thing very very quickly, this tape comes with one of our highest recommendations!
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