Company: Panther Productionss
Name: Complete Judo - Volume 1: Pinning and Transition
Length of Tape/Time: 38 minutes
Return Policy: for damages and defects
in dealing with this company: Fair
Instructor: Mike Swain and Keith Nakasone
Company's Address: 1000 Century Blvd, Midwest, OK, 73110
Company's Phone Number: 1-800-626-2787
Web Page: http://www.centurymartialarts.com/accessories/media
Primary Grading Criteria:
Production/Tape Quality: 10
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 10
Comprehension Score/Immediate Understanding: 8
4. Degree to which this will make
someone a better Martial Artist: 8
5. Score on delivery vs hype: 9
to which we would recommend this product: 8
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: 9
Grand Total: 92% (Good = 3.0 Stars )
Secondary Grading Criteria:
Beginners benefit: Fair
2. Intermediate benefit: Excellent
3. Advanced benefit:
4. Time to benefit: Most material is of immediate benefit.
5. The need
to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None
decided to take another break from the series I was reviewing (Carlson Gracie's),
to check out this Swain tape. I looked at the Century ad in their catalog, regarding
the description of this series, and it says "The ultimate reference tool with
100 standing and grappling techniques of Judo". Personally, I feel Century
should have used the more detailed description on the tapes insert which says: "This
5 tape series includes all techniques from the original Kodokan, including
throws, holdowns, chokes and armlocks, top modern Olympic Judo techniques, plus awesome
combination and countering techniques." After watching this first tape, the
later description seems better, and the Century catalog description, IMHO, doesn't
do the series justice.
The title of this tape "Pinning and Transition
Techniques" is accurate, and most of the techniques were stated in Japanese
along with their English translation. Funny thing, sometimes the Japanese term can
be as short as two words, whereas the English translation/description can take several
I feel that the target audience for this tape is of course those
who have an interest in official Kodokan based Judo. The techniques went by very
quick, there was very little repetition, important points were made, however I personally
don't feel it's meant to thoroughly teach someone Judo. I got the feel that is was
meant more as a very rapid overview, of the various Judo techniques. In some parts
the explanation of certain things was very good, and in other parts it wasn't. But
all-in-all, it was much better than many other grappling tapes we've reviewed.
guess the best way to describe it is to refer again to the description on the tape
insert, which says: "Ultimate Reference Guide". Key word here "Reference"!
Arriving at the techniques, or when to apply them, was IMHO barely addressed.
You're just shown, for the most part, each technique (as a "reference"?),
and left wondering in numerous places, when you should apply them. "What value
is there to know techniques, without knowing when to apply them?"
official Judo is your thing, and you're currently taking it somewhere, or you're
an instructor, more-than-likely this will be a must have tape, just so you have a
visual "reference" for the techniques! If however you buy this tape, due
to having a mediocre interest in Judo, thinking it will teach you when to apply certain
techniques, or it will turn you into an Olympic Swain type, I fear you will be severly
disappointed. In my opinion, the tape doesn't stand on it's own, if you buy it with
the intent of understanding Judo, and you're not currently exposed to Judo. Another
tape, relating to application of the techniques, or individual instruction, would
certainly be required.
Knowing all this, you should now be better informed
in deciding whether or not this tape is for you.
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