Company: Direct Action Video Inc.
Tape Name: Hostile Control Systems, Volume 2
Tape Cost: ?
Length of Tape/Time: 1 hour
Number of Moves/Techniques: 12
Return Policy: ?
Experiences in dealing with this company: ?
The Instructor: Jerry Peterson
Company's Address: 1895 Hwy 50 East #4172, 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 lower 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:

If you are a martial artist and are known to have suicidal tendencies, do not, under any circumstances watch this video. If you try to apply the blocking techniques as taught by Mr. Peterson, you will surely be seeing STARS ( or hearing the voices of long dead relatives ). Okay, so the blocking techniques are not that great, what about the rest of the video ? I am glad you asked. The section on take downs is not too bad. Most of our old friends from judo/jiu-jitsu are here including osoto-gari, uchi-gari, iriminage and a FEW others. Mr. Peterson makes no mention of the
fact that to apply a takedown, one or more strikes should always precede the attempt. To be fair, Mr. Peterson does apply strikes before takedowns but he does not emphasize what he is doing. A novice, watching this material for the first time, would probably not pick up on what is happening. Once again, trying to apply osoto gari on someone who outweighs you without the benefit of a few strikes, could be a form of suicide.

There is a lengthy section where 2 students apply techniques on one another. One does the techniques and the other one does ( guess what ? ), AUTONOMICS. Again. I thought I had seen the last of it on Volume 1 but it pops up again here as well. Only more so. Mr. Peterson implies that knowing how your opponent will react is the key to successful fighting. I agree in principle. I only disagree in fact because you cannot depend on such nonsense. No way.

The final ( and best ) insult of the entire two tape series is saved for last. Remember, the SCARS system is super secret and CLASSIFIED. So while the 2 students go at each other, the techniques are shown in stop frame motion only. In other words, even though you have paid your money for this video, you don’t even get to see the techniques being applied. I kid you not, folks. They don’t even let you in on what is happening ( other than a few loud grunts and slapping sounds ). The big secret CLASSIFIED system cannot be shown on video. We are gonna make you want it so bad that when we release SCARS in a few years, everybody’s gonna come knocking on our door to buy it. Not me, pal.

CJ

Editors Note: As good a series as this was, I can’t wait to see more STAR’s ! ;-)


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