Company: Warrior Productions
Tape Name: Hard Core Killer Knife Fighting
$69.95 (a lot of green!)
Length of Tape/Time: Approximately 1 hour
Rturn Policy: ?
Experiences in dealing with this company:
The Instructor: John LaTourrette
Company's Address: 6252 Dark Hollow Way,
Medford, OR 97501
Company's Phone Number: 541-535-3188
Web Page: http://www.thespeedman.com
Primary Grading Criteria:
Production/Tape Quality: 8
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 9
Score/Immediate Understanding: 9
4. Degree to which this will make someone a better
Martial Artist: 9
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 ): 9
8. Playback Score/Watching if over-and-over again:
9. Would I purchase more of this company's products:8
10. Overall grade based
on cost vs. Value: 9
Grand Total: 86% ( Fair = 1.5 Star )
Secondary Grading Criteria:
Beginners benefit: Fair
2. Intermediate benefit: Fair
3. Advanced benefit:
4. Time to benefit: Immediate for most
5. The need to buy additional tapes
to understand this one: None
you can say for Mr. LaTourrette's videos and that is they have the coolest names
in the martial art video business. This one is entitled "Hard Core Killer Knife
Fighting" but it doesn't live up to its colorful title. This video however
is superior to the previous video that we reviewed by Mr. LaTourrette called "Practical
Knife Fighting and Self Defense". The quality of this production is strictly
home video quality and was apparently shot sometime in the early 90's, judging from
the way the video looks. I do not believe that quality production and quality information
always go hand in hand. But for $69.00 dollars (the asking price of this particular
video), then I think it is fair to insist on a higher quality production.
viewers with a filipino martial arts background (which emphasize knife work) will
be astonished at the amount of misinformation on this video. It appears that Mr.
LaTourrette is teaching Parker Kenpo only using a blade instead of empty hands.
I think most martial artists will agree that kenpo stands well on it's own as an
empty handed art. But when weapons enter the equation, I will have to go with those
arts whose knife skills have been tested in combat. And that leave us with the filipino
arts and not much else, including kenpo. Basically, I am suspicious of any system
that purports to teach knife work that is not directly related to the filipino arts.
Sorry, but that is the way I see it. I know some high ranking kenpoists will be
outraged and will claim that their knife work is introduced only at the very highest
levels of their system. Okay, I can see their point but my gut level feeling and
my personal training in the filipino arts says that the earlier a student is introduced
to blade work, the more effective the training is over time.
Back to the
video. Mr. LaTourrette is very fast, either with a blade or with empty hands. But
a lot of the stuff on this video is " knocking down straw men ". Mr. LaTourrette
usually shows his great speed when attacking first. Most anyone can look devastating
when they get to attack first. The legalities of slicing a man to ribbons WHEN YOU
INITIATE THE ATTACK are painfully obvious to the viewer but are ignored by Mr. LaTourrette.
Also, some of the wired in techniques that Mr. LaTourrette uses are preprogrammed
to work against either stationary opponents or based on people reacting in predetermined
way (Hello, Jerry Peterson). Once again, Mr. LaTourrette is also trying to kick a
knife out of an opponents hand on this video. Sorry but most people who try this
under the stress of a real fight will get their legs slashed like tires in a high
school parking lot. Mr. LaTourrette loves to kick at people when the other guy has
a knife. He uses one move where he rounds kicks the opponent's thigh before going
in for the kill. Try that against a filipino martial artist and he will put his
knee right into the kicker's shin. Guess who wins that one. My point is: Don't
try a bunch of kicking nonsense when you're in a knife fight. You should use your
legs to move around, get in and out, hopefully run, but not to kick. You may need
both those legs. Mr. LaTourrette is big on nerve shots and hitting relatively small
targets in the heat of a fight. I think not. Relying on precise and finely coordinated
movements is a recipe for disaster, especially in a knife fight.
teaches knife fighting by learning technique. This is like learning to read before
you know the alphabet. Concept training (David James, Hochheim, Worden, Keating,
Blauer is where it's at in real training , especially in knife work. Most people
cannot learn a technique for every situation. Learn the concepts, and the techniques
will follow. If you like learning techniques, there are quite a few on this video.
But it seems to me like a backward way to learn how to fight with a knife. Have
you ever watched serious martial artists train for knife fighting by knife sparring?
If you have, you will never see "techniques" being used. Things are chaotic
and ugly, never nice and neat like in techniques. But you will see people who knife
spar using concepts.
Mr. LaTourrette introduces (at least to me) a technique
called the Meal of Death. It's an impressive flurry of knife slices, hand strikes
and checks and a few low line kicks. As Darth Vader would say "Impressive.
Most impressive". Fun to watch, probably a real blast to learn how to do, but
how practical ? Can't say for sure but it does look good. But is it real hard core
killer knife fighting ? I think the D.A.'s office calls it legalized mayhem or something
like that. Do this to an opponent, even an armed one, and you're going to prison.
Guaranteed. But doing it for real is probably impossible anyway so I guess I should
just ignore it. (It appears very complicated).
There are few tidbits of good
information on this video. Some subtle moves such as how to align one's body to
disguise an attack were very good. But knife fighting fantasies abound on this video
and I would not recommend it for purchase. Check out our other reviews for superior
products on the subject of knife fighting.