Company: Health For Life
Tape Name: Dynamic Jeet Kune Do, Volume 1
Tape Cost: $59.95
Length of Tape/Time: 50 min
Number of Moves/Techniques: Not a technique tape
Return Policy: Unknown
Experiences in dealing with this company:
The Instructor: Chris Kent
Company's Address: 3015 W. State St., Boise, Idaho, 83703
Company's Phone Number: 208-629-6800
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: 8
Score on delivery vs hype: 9
Degree to which we’d recommend this product: 8
Wasted Time ( The lower the number, the less " fluff "): 9
Playback Score/Watching it over-and-over again): 9
Would I purchase more of this company's products: 9
Overall grade based on cost vs value: 8

Grand Total: Revised to 90 %, Fair = 2.5 Stars. Original score was 92%.

Secondary Grading Criteria

Beginners: Fair
Intermediate: Fair
Advanced: Fair
Time to benefit: Immediate for beginners. Review for advanced.
The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Overall Written Summary:

This is an introductory video designed to familiarize the viewer with some of the basic concepts of JKD. Mr. Kent clearly states on the video that the purpose of JKD is to find the common thread that runs through all martial arts and to help the individual discover and create his own personal combat style. By focusing on general principles rather than on technique, I believe Mr. Kent accomplishes that task on this video.

Mr. Kent discusses and shows how certain qualities such as balance, speed, timing, economy of motion, and mobility are important to a martial artist, regardless of his particular style. He gives advice and shows the viewer how to train to develop these qualities. He also talks a lot about " tool development " and gives more good advice on " sharpening the tools " ( making your strikes
more efficient, how to hit with more power, etc. )

The material in this video is excellent material for beginning and intermediate students but is probably "old news " to many advanced students. This video series is progressive and does assume that the viewer has some basic understanding of how to punch, how to kick, etc. This volume is the basic stuff and is an appropriate video to introduce the rest of the series. I would say it is a must have for beginners and intermediates and a good review of the basics for advanced students.

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