Company: Paladin Press
Tape Name: Barroom Brawling
Tape Cost: $29.95
Length of Tape/Time: 35 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: 12
Return Policy: Videos are non-returnable, defective tapes will be replaces.
Experiences in dealing with this company: Unbelievable (Fantastic!)
The Instructor: Marc MacYoung and Peyton Quinn
Company's Address: Paladin Press, P.O. Box 1307, Boulder, CO, 80306
Company's Phone Number: 1-800-392-2400
Web Page:

Primary Grading Criteria:

1. Production/Tape Quality: 8
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 8
3. Comprehension Score/Immediate Understanding: 9
4. Degree to which this will make someone a better Martial Artist: 9
5. Score on delivery vs. hype: 9
6. Degree to which we'd recommend this product: 9
7. Wasted Time (The higher the number, the less "fluff"/repetition): 8
8. Playback Score/Watching it over-and-over again: 9
9. Would I purchase more of this company's products: 9
10. Overall grade based on cost vs. value: 8

Grand Total: 86% (Fair = 1.5 stars)

Secondary Grading Criteria:

1. Beginners benefit: Fair
2. Intermediate benefit: Fair
3. Advanced benefit: Fair
4. Time to benefit: Immediate
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Written Summary:

I feel I must first say this, the folks at Paladin Press are some of the very best around. When we initially approached them and asked them to help out with our reviews, they were extremely eager to oblige. They told us to send them a list of the videos we were interested in, so we sent a list with about 12 of their tapes. Also, we told them that if the list was too lengthy, to send what they could. To our surprise, all 12 tapes showed up! Paladin is truly a class act!

And hopefully they won't be upset with a couple of the reviews we do. However it is only fair that no one gets "special treatment" in this process, and that all tapes are graded honestly, and the way we see them.

O.K., on to the review:

Here's what's on this tape. It opens with about a minute long bar fight. There are several potential victims, and several assaliants. It shows a total of about 12 different fighting techniques, and the rest of the tape is spent re-enacting various parts of this fight scene, along with explaining why certain techniques were used.

Along with that you get a lot of explanation about common fantasies, misconceptions, and what to look for, in these type of situations. The common sense information that's given was in my opinon, more valuable than the techniques shown.

All-in-all it was a pretty good tape.

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