Company: Panther Productions
Name: Tape 6 - Shootfighting Grappling Techniques
Tape Cost: listed at $49.95 in catalog
Length of Tape/Time: 42 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: Quite a few with variations
Return Policy: defective merchandise only
Experiences in dealing with this company: very polite and friendly
Instructor: Ernest Hart Jr.
Company's Address: Panther Productions, 1010 Calle Negocio, San Clemente, CA. 92673
Company's Phone Number: 800-332-4442
Web Page: Century purchased Panther's entire library

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: 8
5. Score on delivery vs. Hype: 8
6. Degree to which we would recommend this product: 8
7. Wasted time (The higher the number, the less “fluff”/repetition: 8
8. Playback Score/Watching it over and over again: 8
9. Would I purchase more of this company’s product: 9
10. Overall grade based on cost vs. Value: 8

Grand Total: 84% (1 star = Poor)

Secondary Grading Criteria:

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

Written Summary:

This video is an attempt to show the viewer what to do when two opponents clinch in the standing position. There are a number of techniques presented in this video, some of which are illegal. I didn’t count the number of techniques the first time I viewed this tape and couldn’t bear the thought of watching this video again just to count the number of moves. It has been on my shelf at home untouched for a number of years and once this review is completed back to the shelf it will go to collect more dust. Here is some of what is shown on this tape. Strikes from the clinch, which include open handed strikes, elbows, punches, knees, forearm smashes, groin grabs and biting. These are aimed at various targets such as the head area, throat, tricep, ribs, chest, legs and eyes. Also shown is a wrist throw and several wrist locks from the clinch. Some of the moves would be good in the street situation however they were very basic and mostly just common sense.

All of the techniques presented were done as a single technique. There were no setups to the moves, combinations of techniques or what to do after you have done the single technique. Mr. Hart gives a very brief and non detailed description of each of the moves. Also there was too much repetition is this video. Most moves were shown 5 times fast then 5 times again in slow motion. I found Mr. Hart’s assistant in this video quite annoying at times and often his reactions to the techniques presented looked like something out of a B grade Kung Fu movie. Bottom line pass on this video. Even with the Panther deal of 5 video’s for $99.00 it is still not worth owning.


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