Company: Comtech
Tape Name: Drawpoint: Reverse Grip Knife Fighting, Volume 2
Tape Cost: $59.95
Length of Tape/Time: Approximately 1 hour
Number of Moves/Techniques: Drill and Training Tape
Return Policy: Refund on damaged or defective tapes only
Experiences in dealing with this company: Fantastic
The Instructor: James Keating
Company’s Address: P.O. Box 142, Walla Walla, WA., 99362
Company’s Phone Number: 541-938-3451
Web Page:

Primary Grading Criteria:

1. Production/Tape Quality: 10
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 9
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 would recommend this product: 10
7. Wasted Time ( The higher the number, the less “ fluff” /repetition ): 9
8. Playback Score/Watching if over-and-over again: 9
9. Would I purchase more of this company’s products:10
10. Overall grade based on cost vs. Value: 9

Grand Total: 93% ( Good = 3.25 Stars )

Secondary Grading Criteria:

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

Written Summary:

This is the second volume in two tape series on reverse grip knife fighting by James Keating. The focus of this volume is on the use of the reverse grip and the development of knife fighting skills using various sensitivity drills.

The video begins with a few comments on reverse grip knife deployment, an often overlooked but very important topic. If you can’t clear the blade first, all the skill in the world will be of no use. Mr. Keating discusses slashing versus stabbing with reverse grip but the primary emphasis in this volume is on slashing techniques. ( Stabbing techniques from reverse grip were covered in a previous volume ). Most of the material in this volume is demonstrated in the context of flow drills ( sensitivity drills ) so that the viewer can learn how to use the knife in a dynamic, rather than in a static, mode.

We see applications of knife versus knife, empty hand versus knife, and empty hand versus empty hand, all out of the basic flow drill. Mr. Keating demonstrates a translation of the knife to using a flashlight instead and does a section on double knife versus double knife. Alternating the drill on the high line and then the low line, Mr. Keating is able to cover a lot of ground on this video. There are scattered references to the appropriate use of the live hand as well as some disarms and joint locks. Probably the best section is training the Four Corner draw where Mr. Keating teaches basic knife deployment and counterattacking to four different attack angles. As you can tell from this review, there is quite a bit of material on this video for the aspiring blade handler.

I liked this video quite a bit. If you have more than a passing interest in learning about blade work, then this video ( and Volume One as well ) would make a solid addition to your video collection.


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