Tape Name: Mande Muda Pencak Silat
Tape Cost: $ 29.95
Length of Tape/Time: 52 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: Over 35 techniques or variations
Return Policy:
Experiences in dealing with this company: Fantastic
The Instructor: Guy Chase
Company's Address: 611 Broadway New York, N.Y. 10012
Company's Phone Number: 1-800-735-6521
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Primary Grading Criteria:

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

Grand Total: 92 (Good = 3.0 Stars)

Secondary Grading Criteria:

1. Beginners benefit: Fair
2. Intermediate benefit: Good
3. Advanced benefit: Good
4. Time to benefit: Very system specific, thorough study should yield excellent results
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: Tape 1 would be useful but is not necessary

Written Summary:

Not necessarily an easy tape to review. Within the context of the available video material on the subject of pencak silat, which is pretty sparse, this is an excellent tape, i.e. the instructor is clearly a high-level expert in his art . He demonstrates the techniques clearly, with authority, and the techniques themselves are beautiful to watch. So basically, if you are a student of silat, this video is highly recommended for furthering your understanding of the art.

The reviewers problem may well be his problem rather than that of the video itself. Simply stated, any martial art technique will work if the opponent is incompetent enough . In other words, yes you can use that flying, spinning 360 degree reverse kick, IF your opponent is a seventy year old granddad in a wheelchair. Try it against your friendly neighbourhood Hell's Angel and see where it gets you. Obviously, the simpler a technique the easier it is to apply under conditions of extreme stress. Few situations could be more stressful than life-and-death combat.

The techniques demonstrated on this video range between medium and highly complex.
Every technique is demonstrated several times but not often enough to be redundant, since the techniques are complex. The attacker throws a punch, kick or double punch and then stands there and waits for the counter to be applied. This is not to say that Mr. Chase couldn't apply these techniques in a fight, the question is whether the person trying to learn these techniques off a video could?

This is very much a technique tape, although Mr. Chase shows how to apply the same basic patterns against various attacks, i.e. underlying concepts are detectable, if one is looking.
Mr.Chase shows entries against different attacks, these are mostly simultaneous double armed entries which seem typical of Silat. These are utilized in conjunction with subtle angulation and manipulation of the opponent's balance. After demonstrating defenses against punches, Mr. Chase demonstrates counters to kicks, double punches, multiple opponents and knives. There is also a short demonstration of the defensive use of the sarong.

A final criticism : Whilst in the opinion of this reviewer, most of these techniques are a little too complex for street usage by the average practitioner, the techniques against multiple opponents are suicidal. Fairly extensive nightclub work and my combat instructors have convinced me, that given the choice, the primary tactic against multiple attackers is footwork, i.e. continuous evasive footwork leading to getting the hell out of there and surviving to fight another day. Attacked by two opponents, you should ALWAYS, angle out, thereby putting one attacker between yourself and the other one. Mr. Chase again and again moves into the middle, i.e. between the two attackers, then catches their punches and locks up both attackers. Good luck, but why would a couple of blind, handicapped people be attacking you ?

Having said all this, I would like to once again emphasize that if you love and study the art of Silat, this is an informative, well-produced and worthwile tape to get, especially at such a reasonable price. Just do yourself a favour, occasionally put on some protective equipment and pressure-test your abilities.


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