Company: ESPY-TV
Tape Name: Pananandata # 1
Tape Cost: $29.95
Length of Tape/Time: 75 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: Concept Tape
Return Policy: Return On Defective Or Damaged Merchandise Only
Experiences in dealing with this company: Excellent
The Instructor: Amante P. Marinas
Company’s Address: 611 Broadway, N.Y., N.Y., 10012
Company’s Phone Number: 1-800-735-6521
Web Page:

Primary Grading Criteria:

1. Production/Tape Quality: 9
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 9
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: 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: 90 % ( Fair = 2.5 Stars ) Original Grade = 90%

Secondary Grading Criteria:

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

Written Summary:

According to this video, Pananandata is a 300 year old filipino family stick and knife fighting system that is currently taught in New York City by Mr. Marinas. The first thing that jumps out at the viewer is that the sticks used in this video seem longer ( by several inches ) than the usual 26 inch escrima sticks. Otherwise, the system looks very much like other filipino material that we have reviewed previously. Probably the best thing about this video is that there is a large amount of material covered.

Foowork is addressed first with concepts such as triangle stepping, the use of long steps, and “duck unders”. Hand and foot coordination drills are introduced including working with the empty or “weak” hand. Striking techniques are shown that work the empty hand vs the weapon hand. Stick and knife, double stick, some classical training, and free style sparring are shown as well as some esoteric material such as use of the whip and balisong.

One impressive thing on this video is the skill level of Mr. Marinas’ students. All of them are good and two of them ( don’t know the names ) are outstanding.

The material on this video is not new to any student of a filipino system. The best part of this video is that you get a lot of material for your money and you do get to see a filipino art developed to a high degree, especially the free style section. Recommended for fans and students of the filipino martial arts.


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