Company: ESPY-TV
Tape Name: Maphilindo Silat, Volume 2
Tape Cost: $29.95
Length of Tape/Time: 57 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: 72
Return Policy: Return On Defective Or Damaged Merchandise Only
Experiences in dealing with this company: Excellent
The Instructor: Rick Tucci
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: 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: 10
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:10
10. Overall grade based on cost vs. Value: 9

Grand Total: 94 %


Secondary Grading Criteria:

1. Beginners benefit: Very Good
2. Intermediate benefit: Excellent
3. Advanced benefit: Excellent
4. Time to benefit: Some of the concepts may be difficult for beginners
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: Volume 1 in the series would be most helpful.


Written Summary:

This video is the second video in a 2 tape series dealing with Maphilindo Silat and taught by Rick Tucci. Maphilindo Silat is a martial art founded by Dan Inosanto and is a combination art that draws from various sources of Indonesian, Malayan, and Filipino martial arts. The material on this tape is devastatingly effective but does require a high level of skill to master. The techniques shown are based a great deal on body awareness ( both yours and the opponent ) and require a good sense of body sensitivity to be effective.

To begin with, we are shown some basic limb destructions against a kicking opponent. Entries against kicks followed by various options are then shown. The take downs shown through out this video can seriously injure one’s training partner so caution in training is of the utmost importance. We are shown some basic limb destructions against punches and then we are treated to a series of techniques of these limb destructions. There are many very effective takedowns on this video and many of them are unique to the martial arts of Southeast Asia. Techniques using a sarong ( a type of garment ) are shown and while I do not expect most people to ever actually use a sarong, the techniques could be readily applied with flexible weapons.

The final section of the video shows a training format using a basic technique ( a head turn throw ) as an example. One walks through a technique using various guntings, various takedowns, and ending with various techniques of ground control. The ground control techniques on this video are terrific and appear to be excrutiatingly painful.

This video is recommended for martial artists of intermediate to advanced skill level. The very nature of these techniques makes them difficult for beginners. But the material shown is certainly worth investing some training time.


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