Company: Matt Furey Combat Wrestling
Tape Name: How to Hook a Heavyweight Without Flopping to the Guard
Tape Cost: $49.00 + 5.00 Shipping
Length of Tapes: 58 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: 25 techniques + various finishes
Return Policy: Unknown
Experiences in dealing with this company: Excellent
The Instructor: Matt Furey
Company’s Address: 10339 Birdwatch Drive Tampa, FL 33647
Company’s Phone Number: 813-994-8267
Web Page:

Primary Grading Criteria:

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

Grand Total: 96% (4.0 stars = Excellent)

Secondary Grading Criteria Series:

1. Beginners benefit: Good
2. Intermediate benefit: Excellent
3. Advanced benefit: Excellent
4. Time to benefit: Some Immediate, greatest benefit with practice
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Written Summary:

Matt Furey is at it again with yet another excellent video to add to his already impressive video library. This video entitled How to Hook a Heavyweight Without Flopping to the Guard is 58 minutes of hard hitting, fast paced, non stop in your face, like me or not, Matt Furey type of video. Matt draws on his back ground from collegiate wrestling, shuai-chiao and catch wrestling in order to complete this tape. The video, as the title suggests, is all about submitting your opponent without just falling to the ground and pulling your opponent into your guard. Of course it would behoove any fighter to know how to fight from the guard in case you do end up there but Matt’s philosophy is don’t go to the ground voluntarily. In this video Matt gives the viewer many options in which they can finish the fight while standing or on the way to the ground.

Furey as usual gets right to business. There are no bells or whistles as Matt puts it, for those yet to see the tape this equals no introduction, no music, just pure instruction. Chances are unless your well versed in catch wrestling and wrestling there will be something for you on this video. It is pretty much crammed with quality information. A few words that came to my mind while watching this video were words such as pain, ouch, damn that would hurt or any combination of the three. In other words be careful with some of the material presented on this video. It is always nice to have training partners you can work with more than once.

After about 50 minutes the video began to come to an end or so I thought and I was left thinking that too many of the moves lacked the attention to detail that should of been present. To Matt’s credit though at the end of the video he goes over in greater detail many of the techniques shown earlier. These include the guillotine choke, head chancery, front face lock, shin lock, ankle lock, arm lock (2 variations), double achilles lock and the reverse heel hook. Why Matt didn’t do this at the time the techniques were shown on the tape I’m not sure. Maybe this was done on purpose (it will make it easy for quick reference of the finer details of the techniques for the viewer) or maybe Matt completed the video and realized that the details were lacking. My guess would be that Matt did this on purpose, either way I was glad to see the details were there. One slightly negative point to address concerning this video and all of Matt’s video’s for that matter is the price. The video is not cheap. Considering that the video is of home Production quality some of this saving should be passed onto the consumer. I agree with Mr. Furey that the consumer is paying for the information on the video and that is what is most important but there are others who have an equally important message to bring to the public who don’t charge quite so much for it. I like to think of Matt’s video’s as a diamond in the rough. The material is excellent, the production quality is average and diamonds are expensive. In spite of the price tag on this tape (remember I said this was a slightly negative point) one should seriously consider owning it. Much of the material contained in it is unique, all of it I found to be highly effective. If price isn’t a major consideration for you than by all means BUY this video. It’s a real gem.

Here is some of what you will find on this video:

- the video starts off with some basic wrestling concepts such as inside arm control and pummeling - figure four front face lock and the entry into it.

- head chancery

- guillotine choke with a slight hand position variation which makes the choke much tighter. The setup is also shown for this.

- importance of chin control when someone tries to shoot on you with a neck crank

- defend the shoot into a neck crank

- reverse cross face

- double wrist lock

- counter to double leg to into reverse heel hook

- inside ankle trip into leg lock

- from your knees opponent gets a single leg into a whizzer and quarter nelson and various submissions.

- counter to single leg into head scissor and various submissions

- leg trip throw

- ankle pick into a ankle lock

Excellent video Mr. Furey


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