Company: Dillman Karate International
Tape Name: Tape 6 - Advanced "Pressure Points"
Tape Cost: $99.95
Length of Tape/Time: 90 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: Concept Tape
Return Policy: ?
Experiences in dealing with this company: Excellent
The Instructor: George Dillman
Company's Address: 251 Mt. View Rd., Reading, PA., 19607-9744
Company's Phone Number: (610) 777-8444
Web Page: http://www.dillman.com
E-Mail: dillman@talon.net


Primary Grading Criteria:

1. Production/Tape Quality: 9
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: 9
7. Wasted Time ( The higher the number, the less " fluff" /repetition ): 9
8. Playback Score/Watching if over-and-over again: 10
9. Would I purchase more of this company's products:9
10. Overall grade based on cost vs. Value: 9

Grand Total: 91% ( Good = 2.75 Stars ) Original Score = 96%


Secondary Grading Criteria:

1. Beginners benefit: Fair
2. Intermediate benefit: Good
3. Advanced benefit: Good
4. Time to benefit: Immediate for some material, not immediate for some
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: Possibly


Written Summary:

Are you a traditional martial artist who spends much of your training time doing kata ? Or are you one of the new breed eclectic fighter/martial artists who disdain the traditional approach as a waste of time? If you fall into either category, then you might be interested in this video. Mr. Dillman does a credible job of linking kata training to effective fighting through the use of pressure points and an understanding of human anatomy and physiology. In the first segment of this video, Mr. Dillman breaks down the pressure points of the arm, the jaw/neck area, and the knee and shows how to maximize attacks to these areas. We get to see a few volunteers stunned with what appear to be extremely light strikes. There are some great techniques shown here for dropping someone quickly and effectively. The portion on kicking an opponent's knee is also very good.

In the second portion of the video, Mr. Dillman breaks down a well known kata and demonstrates the hidden meaning of the moves. Most everyone who has done any traditional training will be familiar with these moves but most have never heard the reasons behind what they are doing. This is the link between kata training (the traditional method) and effective self defense that mentioned Mr. Dillman is known for. Anyone who has grown disillusioned with their traditional training methods will find this video somewhat reassuring.. Mr. Dillman's material is an attempt to bridge the gap between traditional martial arts training and the new breed of eclectic martial artist. This video is for martial artists who feel their traditional training has been lacking in realism or effective fighting skill for the modern world. While I do not personally buy into kata bunkai as effective self defense training, I know that a large number of martial artists out there do agree with Mr. Dillman. If you fall into that group, then this video is worth a look. If not, you will probably feel that this video is a waste of time.

CJ


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