Company: Bernie Lau Productions
Tape Name: Explosive Aiki Jujitsu
Tape Cost: 39.95
Length of Tape/Time: 1 hour
Number of Moves/Techniques: Approximately 50
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The Instructor: Bernie Lau, Roy Goldberg, Miguel Ibarra, Diane Hughes
Company's Address: PO Box 299, Mountlake Terrace, Washington 98043
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Main Grading Criteria

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

Grand Total: 88 % ( Fair = 2 Stars )

Secondary Grading Criteria

Beginners: Fair
Intermediate: Fair
Advanced: Fair
Time to benefit: Not immediate for most people.
The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: Possibly

Written Summary:

Ever since Steven Seagal introduced the aiki arts to American martial arts movie fans, there has been a tremendous increase of interest in these arts. This tape series gives the viewer a look into aikijujitsu which could best be described as a violent cousin to aikido without the mysticism and religious overtones. This video is extremely well produced and beautiful to watch as Mr. Goldberg, Mr. Lau, Mr. Ibarra, and Ms. Hughes give the viewer an impressive showing of their martial arts skill. That said however, this is not an easy video from which to learn aikijujitsu. Any art that requires such a high degree of body feel and sensitivity to one's opponent is difficult to learn, even from an instructor, and the fact that the techniques shown are without any narration or verbal coaching make this video a difficult task for all but the very advanced students.

There are many techniques shown ( approximately 50 ) and they are all beautiful to watch. The setting for most of the techniques is a traditional dojo, complete with a mat and instructors wearing gi's and black belts. The techniques shown deal with both armed and unarmed attacks ( primarily knife defenses ). Each technique is shown between 4 and 7 times with between 1 and 2 slow motion viewings per technique. We are given the Japanese terminology for each technique and we get to see all four of the instructors doing different techniques throughout the tape. I felt like there was probably too much time spent on showing different repetitions of the same technique.

If you have a background in jiu-jitsu or aikido, then the material on this tape will probably be fairly easy for you to learn. If you have little to no experience in an art that teaches joint locks and throwing techniques, then you may be lost when it comes to making these techniques part of your personal arsenal. Still, this is a beautiful tape to watch and I would recommend it to anyone who has the background and/or patience to learn the techniques from a video. That said, it is definitely not a tape for beginners.


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