Company: ESPY-TV
Tape Cost: $29.95
Length of Tape/Time: 35 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: 39
Return Policy: Return On Defective Or Damaged Merchandise Only
Experiences in dealing with this company: Excellent
The Instructor: Professor Nobuyoshi Higashi
Company's Address: 611 Broadway, N.Y., N.Y., 10012
Company's Phone Number: 212-673-0899
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Primary Grading Criteria:

1. Production/Tape Quality: 9
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 9
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 ): 10
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: 87 % ( Fair = 1.75 Stars ) Original Grade = 89%

Secondary Grading Criteria:

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

Written Summary:

Considering the huge number of grappling videos that are available, it is easy to forget that Judo has been in the US at least since the end of World War II, and was one of the original grappling arts introduced to the US from Asia. The techniques shown on this video are primarily competition techniques that can be applied in randori (sparring). They primarily consist of ground grappling and emphasize controlling your opponent while both of you are on the ground. There are a large number of techniques presented here and there is very little fluff or wasted time. Many of the techniques appeared to lack verbal explanation, which I feel would have made this video more useful as a teaching tool. As a result of this lack of explanation, it is quite possible that beginners might have a hard time learning and applying some of these moves correctly.

This video would probably be best suited for people who already have some grappling experience and are seeking to add some new moves to their arsenal.


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