Company: Paladin Press
Tape Name: Extreme Close Quarters Combat
Tape Cost: $39.95
Length of Tape/Time: 60 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: 36
Return Policy: Refund on damaged or defective tapes only
Experiences in dealing with this company: Excellent
The Instructor: Various
Company’s Address: P.O. Box 1307, Boulder, CO., 80306
Company’s Phone Number: 1-800-392-2400
Web Page:

Primary Grading Criteria:

1. Production/Tape Quality: 9
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 10
3. Comprehension Score/Immediate Understanding: 10
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: 9
9. Would I purchase more of this company’s products:9
10. Overall grade based on cost vs. Value: 9

Grand Total: 92% (Good) (3 stars on a 5 star scale)

Secondary Grading Criteria:

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

Written Summary:

This video is a demonstration video by eight different hand to hand combat instructors from around the USA and UK. The techniques shown are brutal, relatively easy to learn, and are taught by men who are apparently the real deal. Combat veterans, Special Forces, Army Rangers, and police officers ( sorry, no Navy Seals in this one ) are all represented in this group of instructors. Any one of these guys could probably stack your average barroom with black belt dojo types since these guys all deal in reality, not fantasy. The instructors on this video are Larry Jordan, Geoff Todd, Ben Mangels, Steve Mattoon, Robbie Robinson, John Whipp, Michael Janich, and my personal favorite, Charles Nelson.

The topics covered are principles of self defense ( Jordan ), dealing with weapons ( Todd ), police escort tactics ( Mangels ), officer assists ( Mattoon ), physical awareness ( Robinson ), chokes and strangles ( Whipp ), knife to empty hand ( Janich ) and an interview with 80+ year old Charles Nelson, a WWII combat veteran and creator of a uniquely American system of self defense. If you want to see what toughness looks like, check out Ben Mangels or Charles Nelson. Even on video, you can sense that you would be much better off to not piss off these guys. While the techniques shown are good, the secondary advice from these guys is better. Common sense stuff, true, but true nonetheless.

I have a recommendation for Paladin. Find Charles Nelson, and get his system of self defense down on video before he passes away. I have a feeling this guy is a potential gold mine of information. It would be a shame to let all of that hard won knowledge disappear after he is gone. We have already lost Rex Applegate. The WWII generation is passing away before our eyes. Let’s not lose what Charles Nelson could teach us.


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