Company: PFS Video
Tape Name: Anatomy Of A Street Fight
Tape Cost: $9.95
Length of Tape/Time: Approximately 1 hour
Number of Moves/Techniques: Scenario Tape Only
Return Policy: 45 days - 45 years
Experiences in dealing with this company: Very Good
The Instructor: Paul Vunak
Company's Address: PO Box 50, Oley, Pennsylvania,19547
Company's Phone Number: 800-692-9622
Web Page:

Main Grading Criteria

Production/Tape Quality: 10
Instructors demonstrated skill level: 10
Comprehension Score:10
Degree to which this will make someone a better Martial Artist:7
Score on delivery vs hype:7
Degree to which we'd recommend this product: 8
Wasted Time ( The higher the number, the less " fluff ") 8
Playback Score/Watching it over-and-over again): 8
Would I purchase more of this company's products: 8
Overall grade based on cost vs value: 8

Grand Total: 86 % ( Fair = 1.5 Stars )

Secondary Grading Criteria

Beginners: Fair
Intermediate: Fair
Advanced: Fair
Time to benefit: Not a great deal of benefit
The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Written Summary:

Paul Vunak. The name is synonymous with street self defense. Mr. Vunak is practically a one man institution when it comes to teaching street self defense. He has been around for a while and he is sort of like the E.F. Hutton of street fighting. When Vunak speaks, people tend to listen.

I have seen other videos of Mr. Vunak's, and in my opinion, this is not his best effort. That's not to say the material presented on this video is not relevant, because Mr. Vunak, especially towards the end of the tape, makes many good points and shows many " realistic " scenarios. But the scripting was not logical to me and the material tended to jump around from one topic to another.

The first half of this tape has about (6) 5 minute fight sequences, in which we see people just going at it against one another. It appears to be a free-for-all, or more like a tournament or contest of some sort. The reason I say this is that while these sequences are going on, there is no narration or explanation given as to why certain techniques, concepts, or such, are being done or used.

First we see some guys double stick fighting for several minutes, then after that, single stick fighting for several minutes. After that, there's a long 9 minute, free-for-all, grappling sequence, without any narration or explanation given during it. Then there are several knife fight sequences, without narration or explanation given while they're going on. After that the viewer is shown a few combination sequences incorporating some of the above. Over half the tape was spent watching various people do these fighting sequences without any explanation about technique or concept given while they're going on. There is some brief discussion after each sequence, but in my opinion, the brief dialog given after each, doesn't really explain what you just watched. During these sequences, the only thing the viewer hears are grunts, groans, and the sound of some kind of primitive drum in the background. After awhile, I began to wonder what was the point to all of this.

Where I felt the tape shined, was in its second half. Mr. Vunak refers to this as the "Close Quarter Combat" portion. In it you get to watch several interesting barroom scenarios. In each scenario, the viewer is shown the " wrong " way to handle a situation, followed by a suggested " right " way. Now this was very interesting to me, and more of what I was looking for, in a "Streetfighting" tape. I liked this portion of the tape very much.

This is not a bad video tape and I certainly don't want to imply that it is. The production quality of this tape was first rate, and has a first class " look and feel ", as do other Vunak tapes that I have seen. It's just that I expect a lot from a Paul Vunak tape and this tape just left me a little bit flat for the reasons explained above.


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