Company: Panther Productions
Tape Name: Basic Principles of Hand to Hand Combat
Cost: Tape Cost: 6 for $99.95
Length of Tape/Time: 50 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques:
Policy: Return on damaged or defective tapes only!
Experiences in dealing with
this company: Fair
The Instructor: Leonard Holifield
1010 Calle Negocio, San Clemente, California 92673
Company's Phone Number: 1-800-332-4442
Page: Century purchased Panther's entire library
Primary Grading Criteria:
Production/Tape Quality: 9
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 10
Score/Immediate Understanding: 10
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 would recommend this product: 9
7. Wasted Time ( The higher the number, the
less " fluff" /repetition ): 9
8. Playback Score/Watching if over-and-over
9. Would I purchase more of this company's products:10
grade based on cost vs. Value: 9
Grand Total: 94 % (Very Good = 3.5 Stars)
Secondary Grading Criteria:
Beginners benefit: Very Good
2. Intermediate benefit: Very Good
benefit: Very Good
4. Time to benefit: Immediate
5. The need to buy additional
tapes to understand this one: None
At the time
of this writing, America is considering sending ground troops into battle in Yugoslavia.
I can think of no better time to begin reviewing this video series from Panther Productions
featuring Sgt. Leonard Holifield, Close Quarter Combat Instructor for the United
States Army. We do not even have to call the Pentagon and obtain a secret course
number to see if Mr. Holifield's credentials are legitimate. Nor do we have to endure
ridiculous full page advertisements about what a dangerous man Mr. Holifield is or
how terrific is his combat system. Mr. Holifield looks like he could devour the average
video instructor for breakfast. After you watch him in action, there is no doubt
that you are watching an expert in his field. After you watch this video ( and the
other volumes ) you will know that Mr. Holifield is indeed a CQC expert. Dressed
in military fatigues and combat boots, Mr. Holifield and his assistant instructor,
Mr. Turner, go through the basics of Mr.Holifield's combat system.
you who have read my reviews know that I am not a fan of traditional martial arts.
But occasionally, I have to make an exception and this video series is one of those
exceptions. It would be a mistake however to call Mr. Holifield's combat system a
traditional martial art even though most of the techniques and concepts appear to
come from the Japanese/Okinawan styles. Mr. Holifield has managed to do something
that is very difficult but very unique. He has managed to integrate many traditional
karate techniques with a distinctly practical western mindset. He has also eliminated
much of the flowery non combative aspects of these traditional arts. The end result
is an aggressive hard hitting combat system that combines lethality with practicality.
It is obvious that Mr. Holifield places a great deal of emphasis on attitude although
he does not dwell on that subject in the video. He simply says " Train To Fight.
Fight To Win ". That statement says a lot about the effectiveness of Mr. Holifield's
The content of this volume deals with basic stances, blocks and strikes.
One obvious point is that in military combat, most hand to hand engagements occur
under extremely adrenalized situations. This is military combat, the ultimate test
of a martial art. This situation makes some street fights look like a day at the
beach. The attacks shown on this video are aggressive and violent with committed
strikes and kicks delivered by the attacker. In other words, the attacks shown are
designed to emulate the types of attacks one would see in combat. The attacks in
this video come hard and strong. No pretty dancing and jabbing, sticking and moving.
No circling each other like a prize fight. No bobbing. No weaving. Get the picture
? This is people trying to kill you with their bare hands. And it is this style of
attacker that Mr. Holifield's combat system is designed to handle. With that in mind,
let's take a look at what is on this first volume.
The material on this tape
( volume 1 ) begins with a look at the fighting stances used in this system. At first
glance, these appear to be straight out of a traditional karate system. Mr. Holifield
has made some subtle changes to make these stance more effective. We are then shown
some basic karate blocks integrated with the correct footwork and body movement.
We are shown the various hand and elbow strikes next followed by combat kicking.
As I said , all of the material here as a traditional martial art influence but is
strongly combat modified for today's military. All of these videos by Mr. Holifield
are a series and it is difficult to evaluate one volume without commenting on the
entire series. If you are interested in learning what this combat system is all about,
then this volume is a necessity. Unlike previous videos by Panther, this one does
not show the same technique 10 to 15 times. Instead, the video is shown in a narrative
form with Mr. Holifield and his assistant showing the correct way to do the techniques.
One final word is that one should be aware that the majority of the material shown
on these videos is devastating. I would expect nothing less from a military combat
system but keep in mind that the use of some of these moves might be heavily frowned
upon in a court of law.