Company: E/B Productions
Tape Name: Heian Kata 1 - 5
Tape Cost: $49.95
of Tape/Time: 90 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: approximately 100
Policy: 10 Day Money Back Guarantee
Experiences in dealing with this company:
The Instructor: Joel Ertl and Anita Bendickson
Company's Address: 762
E. 7th St., St. Paul, MN., 55106
Company's Phone Number: 800-772-7912
Primary Grading Criteria:
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 10
3. Comprehension Score/Immediate
4. Degree to which this will make someone a better Martial Artist:
5. Score on delivery vs hype: 10
6. Degree to which we would recommend this
7. Wasted Time ( The higher the number, the less " fluff"
/repetition ): 8
8. Playback Score/Watching if over-and-over again: 9
I purchase more of this company's products:9
10. Overall grade based on cost vs.
Grand Total: 90 %
Secondary Grading Criteria:
2. Intermediate benefit: Good
3. Advanced benefit: Good
Time to benefit: Immediate for most of the material
5. The need to buy additional
tapes to understand this one: None
This video is a thorough
breakdown of five Heian katas as taught by a traditional Japanese karate system.
The format used in this video instruction is very organized and logical. All of the
katas are shown up to seven times with each viewing designed to impart a specific
body knowledge to the viewer. We are first shown each kata at normal speed with a
voice over describing what the important points that this particular kata is demonstrating.
My favorite viewing was the second viewing of each kata with a graphical " T
" (for lack of a better word ) shown on the screen as the kata was being performed.
This allows the viewer to see the direction of moves within each kata. On subsequent
viewings, we are shown the breakdown of movements within each kata, the kata again
at normal speed, the self defense applications, and the kata shown at a faster speed
than in the previous demonstrations. The katas performed on this video are Heian
Shodan, Heian Nidan, Heian Sandan, Heian Yodan, and Heian Godan.
artists seem to have strong opinions on katas, both pro and con. It is not the purpose
of this review to promote either view. If you are a martial artist who feels that
kata training is useful to you, then you will most likely find this video highly
informative and a great aid to your training. As you can see from the above review,
there is large amount of information contained in this video, and you should be able
to gain alot from it, if you are persistent enough to train diligently.