Company: E/B Productions
Tape Name: Advanced Shotokan Kata, Volume 1
Tape Cost: $39.95
Length of Tape/Time: 90 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: approximately 100
Return Policy: 10 Day Money Back Guarantee
Experiences in dealing with this company:
The Instructor: Joel Ertl and Anita Bendickson
Company's Address: 762 E. 7th St., St. Paul, MN., 55106
Company's Phone Number: 800-772-7912
Web Page:

Primary Grading Criteria:

1. Production/Tape Quality: 9
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 10
3. Comprehension Score/Immediate Understanding: 9
4. Degree to which this will make someone a better Martial Artist: 8
5. Score on delivery vs hype: 10
6. Degree to which we would recommend this product: 9
7. Wasted Time ( The higher the number, the less " fluff" /repetition ): 8
8. Playback Score/Watching if over-and-over again: 9
9. Would I purchase more of this company's products:9
10. Overall grade based on cost vs. Value: 9

Grand Total: 90 %

Secondary Grading Criteria:

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

Written Summary:

If you are a martial artist who loves to learn and practice kata, then this video is definitely for you. On this video, there are five very difficult kata from Shotokan karate and the instructors (Mr. Ertl and Ms. Bendickson) are extremely good at performing the respective kata. We are shown each kata at least 4 times. The first time is at normal speed with a voice over explaining what the kata is trying to teach the student as well as some historical comments about that particular kata. We are then shown each kata along a "performance line", which is very helpful when trying to learn a kata from a video because of problems with depth perception on a video terminal. We are then shown each kata very slowly with an in depth explanation of each move. Then we are shown breakdowns of the more difficult segments of each kata, and finally each kata is shown at the correct speed. The kata demonstrated on this video are Tekki Shodan, Kanku-Dai, Bassai-Dai, Empi, and Jion.

As I said earlier, this video is great if you want to learn some very difficult kata. It would also be a very good video if you already know these particular kata but want more detailed explanation of the various moves. It is not the purpose of this review to add to the controversy about the effectiveness of kata in learning how to defend oneself. But this is an excellent video and the material is throughly explained and the instructors are of the highest quality.

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