Company: ESPY-TV
Tape Cost: $29.95
Length of Tape/Time: 47 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: Approximately 75
Return Policy: Return On Defective Or Damaged Merchandise Only
Experiences in dealing with this company: Excellent
The Instructor: Moses Powell
Company’s Address: 611 Broadway, N.Y., N.Y., 10012
Company’s Phone Number: 212-673-0899
Web Page:

Primary Grading Criteria:

1. Production/Tape Quality: 10
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 10
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: 10
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: 95 % ( Good = 3.75 Stars ) Original Grade = 95%

Secondary Grading Criteria:

1. Beginners benefit: Good
2. Intermediate benefit: Very Good
3. Advanced benefit: Excellent
4. Time to benefit: Depends on the skill level of the viewer
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Written Summary:

Professor Moses Powell is something of a martial arts legend on the East Coast. After watching this introductory tape of Sanuces Ryu, ( Mr. Powell’s fighting system ), I can certainly understand why he has such a reputation. It’s a bit difficult to describe this hybrid system but it seems to be a combination of Japanese jujitsu, aiki-jujitsu and pressure point fighting ( kyusho jitsu ). This is a devastating system of self defense. Mr. Powell and his instructors run through a great many techniques quickly and without a great deal of explanation. But the results are terrific as the ukes are thrown around the mat like rag dolls. Mr. Powell and his instructors are exquisitely expert in their application of nerve points and it shows in the grimacing faces of the unfortunate ukes.

The tape begins with the usual classroom warm up followed by some outstanding ukemi. From there, Mr. Powell, or one of his instructors, move rapidly from one technique to the next. From time to time, Mr. Powell breaks down each technique in detail but the majority of the tape is demonstration only. As good as this tape is, I do wish there had been more detailed explanation of how the techniques were being applied. For this reason, this video is probably not suited for the typical beginner in the martial arts. More advanced students will find this an educational and entertaining video. Highly recommended for anyone with a jujitsu, aikijitsu, or kyusho jitsu background. In fact, I would recommend this video to any martial artist of intermediate to advanced skill level. Perhaps we will be able to review other tapes in this series in the future.


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