Company: ESPY-TV
Tape Name: Aiki Jujitsu: Tape 4 - Defenses Against Edged Weapons
Tape Cost: $29.95
Length of Tape/Time: 50 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: Approximately 40
Return Policy: Return On Defective Or Damaged Merchandise Only
Experiences in dealing with this company: Excellent
The Instructor: Ronald Duncan
Company’s Address: 611 Broadway, N.Y., N.Y., 10012
Company’s Phone Number: 212-673-0899
Web Page: http://www.espytv.com
E-Mail: order@espytv.com


Primary Grading Criteria:

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

Grand Total: 84% ( Poor = 1 Star ) Original Grade = 87%


Secondary Grading Criteria:

1. Beginners benefit: Fair
2. Intermediate benefit: Fair
3. Advanced benefit: Fair
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:

This is Professor Ronald Duncan's interpretation of aiki-jujitsu and it's use against edged weapons attacks. The tape begins and closes with demonstrations of various types of edged weapons and how they are commonly used in attacks. Actually, I thought this was the best part of this video because I was not overly impressed with Mr. Duncan's command of aiki jujitsu in the technique portion of the video. Most of the techniques are garden variety aikido techniques and I saw little on the video that would convince me that Mr. Duncan is a master of aiki jujistu. His footwork was very good as he was able to move very smoothly. However, the extremely unrealistic attacks used by the ukes make the techniques used look much more effective than they really are. Most were too complex for effective use in the street in my opinion. Mr. Duncan does only a fair job of explaining each technique and on some sections, he does not even bother to do that much. Mr Duncan misgrabbed the attacking arm several times and was forced to clumsily adjust on the fly. I can see that happening in the street certainly. But not on an instructional video.

The techniques shown on this tape are visually appealing to the novice. The ukes are terrific as they jump and twist all over the place when they are being thrown. However, I don't think the average street thug is going to be interested in impressing his victims with a startling display of tumbling skills.

Needless to say, this is not one of my favorite videos on edged weapons defense. The video is entertaining to watch but I would not call it a must have for anyone seriously interested in learning to defend against edged weapons attacks.

CJ


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