Company: Direct Action Video Inc.
Tape Name: Hostile Control Systems, Volume 1
Tape Cost: ?
Length of Tape/Time: 1 hour
Number of Moves/Techniques: 13
Return Policy: ?
Experiences in dealing with this company: ?
The Instructor: Jerry Peterson
Company's Address: 1894 Hwy 50 East #1472, Carson City, NV. 89701
Company's Phone Number: 1-800-457-0330
Web Page: ?
E-Mail: ?

Main Grading Criteria

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

Grand Total: 80 ( Poor - 0 Stars )

Secondary Grading Criteria

Beginners: Poor
Intermediate: Poor
Advanced: Poor
Time to benefit: Little to zero benefit
The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Overall Written Summary:

Official Navy Seals Trainer. This claim, and others, are part and parcel of the hype job that this video tries sell to you, the martial art video purchasing public. At last count, I could name at least 5 individuals who all make the claim of being the “exclusive “ hand to hand combat trainer of the Navy Seals. Jerry Peterson is one of the original people making this claim and he has been at it for at least 6 years now. But get this folks. In the first minute of this video, we are told that the “official“ combat training of the Navy Seals is CLASSIFIED !!!! Imagine that. So instead of the CLASSIFIED super secret Seals system (ominously named SCARS), we get the watered down “civilian” or HCS version in this video. Now this video is several years old. And this entire HCS video project was obviously designed to make us all want to get our hands on the super secret CLASSIFED SCARS system. Six years later, this SCARS system is currently being marketed by Mr. Peterson which I suppose means it is no longer CLASSIFIED. Come on, who is kidding who here. Imagine a hand to hand combat system that would be so deadly that it would have to considered TOP SECRET. Please, Mr. Peterson, I don’t think so.

The funny thing about all this is that I wouldn’t feel so badly if the material on this video was even half way to black belt level fighting skill. It’s not. It’s not even up to green belt level in most systems that I am personally familiar with. There are 13 techniques on Volume 1. And while they MIGHT be effective, they are certainly not undefeatable (they actually make this claim on the video). Do you honestly think that learning the 13 techniques on this video, will make you the hand to hand equivalent of a Navy Seal ? If you do, then P.T. Barnum was definitely correct. Some say that the material that Mr. Peterson teaches is straight out of Kung Fu San Soo. I don’t think so. San Soo is a powerful striking art (when mastered) and to imply that these techniques are the best that San Soo has to offer is insulting. Insulting to San Soo, that is.

Another hype job promoted on this video is the pseudoscience that Mr. Peterson calls “autonomics“. Basically, it says that a fight is like a game of pool (my word, not Mr. Peterson’s). Whenever you strike somebody, he (like a cue ball) will react with a perfectly predictable response. It’s great to know that the 3 billion or so people on this planet will ALL react in the same way. Playing “shape“ with human beings sounds a bit too iffy for my taste.

If you get the impression, that I did not like this video, then you are correct. The material is simplistic, the assumptions are inane (like autonomics ), and the Navy Seals deserve better.


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