Company: ESPY-TV
Tape Name: Escrima, Vol 3., The Box System
Tape Cost: $29.95
Length of Tape/Time: 50 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: Concept Tape
Return Policy: Defective tapes only, for the same title
Experiences in dealing with this company: Excellent
The Instructor: Rene Latosa
Company’s Address: 611 Broadway, N.Y., N.Y., 10012
Company’s Phone Number: 1-800-735-6521
Web Page: http://www.espytv.com
E-Mail: order@espytv.com


Primary Grading Criteria:

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

Grand Total: 86% ( Fair = 1.5 Stars ) Original Grade = 91%


Secondary Grading Criteria:

Beginners benefit: Fair
Intermediate benefit: Fair
Advanced benefit: Fair
Time to benefit: Immediate
The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None


Written Summary:

This tape is a continuation of the Latosa Escrima series from ESPY Videos. As on the first two videos in this series, this is a concept oriented video as opposed to a technique video. After watching the tapes in this series, it is fair to say that the Latosa style of escrima is power based style of stick fighting with a strong emphasis on economy of motion. Powerful blocks and powerful strikes and counterstrikes are the hallmarks of this filipino based martial art.

Latosa takes us into the part of his system called “The Box System” which is a simplified method of blocking incoming attacks and working powerful attacks off the executed block. Distancing, hitting on reaction, and the generation of power in a very small arc, are some examples of empty hand translation make this a decent video for those viewers with interest in the filipino arts. Footwork ( off line or “zoning footwork ) and a few basic disarms are shown but Mr. Latosa does not dwell on these concepts. The main thrust of the teaching on this video is power and economy of motion, be it with sticks or with empty hands. Several training drills are shown including an example of Latosa style “ give and take

For some reason, the material as it was presented on this video left me a little bit flat. The presentation by Mr. Latosa was somewhat lackluster and I did not see anything unique or even particularly interesting about Mr. Latosa’s box system. For most people interested in learning about the filipino martial arts, I feel there are better products on the market at this time.

CJ


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