Company: Jiu Joe Jitsu
Tape Name: Video # 7 (Blocks & Counters)
Tape Cost: $29.95
of Tape/Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: Too many to count!
Policy: Defective merchandise only
Experiences in dealing with this company: Good
Instructor: Joseph Saladino
Company's Address: P.O. Box 542, Mount Sinai, NY.,
Company's Phone Number: ?
Web Page: http://www.selfdefense.net
Primary Grading Criteria:
1. Production/Tape Quality: 9
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 9
Comprehension Score/Immediate Understanding: 10
4. Degree to which this will make
someone a better Martial Artist: 9
5. Score on delivery vs. hype: 9
to which we'd recommend this product: 9
7. Wasted Time (The higher the number,
the less "fluff"/repetition): 9
8. Playback Score/Watching it over-and-over
9. Would I purchase more of this company's products: 9
grade based on cost vs. value: 9
Grand Total: Revised to 91% (Good = 2.75 stars)
Original score was 95%
Secondary Grading Criteria:
1. Beginners benefit: Good
2. Intermediate benefit: Good
3. Advanced benefit:
4. Time to benefit: Immediate
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand
this one: None !
The more I watch Jiu
Joe Jitsu, the more I like what Mr. Saladino teaches. After having watched several
of his tapes, his highly effecient Vee Jujitsu influence becomes more and more apparent.
This is a pretty good series. And forget purchasing just 1 or 2 of Mr. Saladino's
tapes! Even though each tape can stand on its own, and benefit a person, the real
beauty of this system is learning to use and combine what's taught on each of his
tapes, especially the last 3 we've reviewed (Tapes 2, 5, and 7). If a person were
to really dedicate oneself to learning each of those 3 tapes, they'd have one heck
of a fighting system. Purchase anything less, and a person probably wouldn't get
as clear a picture of how everything Mr. Saladino teaches fits neatly together, and
compliments each other.
Let's now discuss what's on this tape. This tape
mainly deals with blocks, strikes, and counters. Mr. Saladino prefaces his instruction
on this tape by saying "In this tape we won't be covering grappling or submissions.
That can be found on other tapes in this series". Which again, if you get tapes
2 & 5, will fit in perfectly. Mr. Saladino starts out by covering the more common
strikes (10 in all), and 3 popular kicks, used by most martial arts styles.
I personally found very refreshing was the complete lack of "head high"
kicks. All the kicks I saw were demonstrated below the solar plexus. Mr. Saladino
didn't seem to require a person to have the flexibility of a Bill Wallace, or Jean
Claude Van Damme, or insist a person waste time trying to achieve that, to enjoy
and be effective in his style. What a relief to not have too waste 30 minutes, to
an hour per day, for the first 2-3 years of a persons training, trying to achieve
the splits, without any guarantee of results!
After the strikes/kicks, Mr.
Saladino demonstrates 5 different blocks (inner, outer, upward, downward, fanning).
While demonstrating these blocks, Mr. Saladino shows how to block and counter using
various strikes. I found this section to be kind of similar to what many TKD enthusiasts
refer to as "one steps", but taken by Mr. Saladino to about the 10th power.
Where I've seen many TKD instructors show 3-5 different techniques per "one
step", Mr. Saladino does about 10-20. In my opinion, this part of the tape makes
it totally worth the price of admission.
Having come from a TKD background,
and being taught many times just 3-5 techniques per "one step", I've seen
many students freeze, not knowing what to do next if those 3-5 techniques don't put
an opponent down, or out. I've also seen students freeze when trying to come up with
their own freestyle "one steps". Any student that's ever had that problem,
should definitely get this tape. Mr. Saladino does a wonderful job of opening ones
eyes, during each technique, to an endless number of striking possibilities. Way
to go Joe!