Company: Budoshin Ju-Jitsu
Tape Name: Self-Defense Ju-Jitsu: Lesson 4 (Brown Belt) Black Belt Home Study Course
Tape Cost: $15
Length of Tape/Time: 45 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: 50 +
Return Policy: ?
Experiences in dealing with this company: Great
The Instructor: George Kirby
Company’s Address: P.O. Box 801854, Santa Clarita, CA 91380-1854
Company’s Phone Number: 661-259-7912
Web Page: http://www.budoshin.com/BJJhomestudy.htm
E-Mail: senseigk@budoshin.com


Primary Grading Criteria:

1. Production/Tape Quality: 10
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 10
3. Comprehension Score/Immediate Understanding: 9
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 ): 9
8. Playback Score/Watching if over-and-over again: 10
9. Would I purchase more of this company’s products: 10
10. Overall grade based on cost vs. Value: 10

Grand Total: 98 %


Secondary Grading Criteria:

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


Written Summary:

In this, the fourth of 8 volumes by Mr. Kirby on Ju-Jitsu, one is shown again how to use this art from a street effective, self-defense perspective. However in this volume, Mr. Kirby gives the viewer many things to work on. In fact, he says that one should spend 50-100 hours practicing all the techniques shown. And instead of starting out the video going through, correct posture, stretches, exercises, break falls, and blocks, he goes straight to work in less than 5 minutes. The amount of material he covers in the next 40 minutes is quite remarkable.

In the first tape we reviewed Mr. Kirby showed 12 self-defense techniques using some moves seen in judo, others in Japanese Jujitsu. Most of the 12 had extensions/sub-components, that combined, could almost give one 24 Ju-Jitsu techniques total to practice. Not bad for a short 40 minute video! But in this tape, you get over 50 techniques (counting extensions and the freestyle section)! This could keep the average student easily busy for 50-100 hours as Mr. Kirby suggested. I felt the real beauty of this tape was once again the way Mr. Kirby used strikes on some of the techniques to close the distance and distract the opponent, so one could set up the techniques. But in addition to that, from #13 on, one is shown counters and knife defense too. And just when you think you'd seen it all, the "icing on the cake" comes at the end where one gets to see a couple of minutes of "Freestyle" in which Mr. Kirby defends himself against 2 Uke's, that are constantly coming at him randomly in every way imaginable. This series, titled "Self Defense Ju-Jitsu", I felt really showed how to use the art from a realistic street mindset, versus many of the Ju-Jitsu tapes I've seen that show sport techniques, or techniques that make one wonder "Why would a person hold still for that?" Once again, well done Mr. Kirby.


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