Company: Paladin Press
Tape Name: Reverse Grip Knife Fighting
Tape Cost: $29.95
Length of Tape/Time: Approximately 1 hour
Number of Moves/Techniques: Concepts plus Training Drills
Return Policy: Refund on damaged or defective tapes only
Experiences in dealing with this company: Fantastic
The Instructor: James Keating
Company’s Address: P.O. Box 1307, Boulder, CO., 80306
Company’s Phone Number: 1-800-392-2400
Web Page:

Primary Grading Criteria:

1. Production/Tape Quality: 9
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 9
3. Comprehension Score/Immediate Understanding: 9
4. Degree to which this will make someone a better Martial Artist: 9
5. Score on delivery vs hype: 9
6. Degree to which we would recommend this product: 9
7. Wasted Time ( The higher the number, the less “ fluff” /repetition ): 9
8. Playback Score/Watching if over-and-over again: 9
9. Would I purchase more of this company’s products:9
10. Overall grade based on cost vs. Value: 9

Grand Total: 91% (Good) (2.75 Stars) Original score 90%

Secondary Grading Criteria:

1. Beginners benefit: Good
2. Intermediate benefit: Good
3. Advanced benefit: Good
4. Time to benefit: Depends on current weapons skill of viewer
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Written Summary:

This is another knife video from Paladin featuring James Keating. This one focuses on using the reverse grip ( also known as an icepick grip ) in combat situations. The video opens with some introductory comments by Mr. Keating in which he touches on the subjects of knife selection, legalities, types of carries, and recommended knife deployment techniques. The video is divided in three phases. In phase one, we are introduced to several reverse grip sensitivity drills and triangle footwork. Phase two is the application of the phase one material including knife deployment, body pivoting, foot trapping and arm trapping. The last segment ( the one that I personally found most enjoybable ) deals with quick knife deployment and targeting skills. In this segment, we see Mr. Keating employing a quick draw and delivering rapid reverse grip stabs to air filled balloons.

So what did I get from this video ? If you are trained in the filipino arts, this material will be familiar. If not, then you will definitely find some of the material very useful. Mr. Keating uses a fixed blade knife on all of these techniques. In many parts of the country, this particular type of blade carry is illegal. I would have liked to see the same material addressed with a folder, which is legal to carry most anywhere. While the material on the first half of the video was somewhat slow and repetitive, the second half of the video was very informative. Mr. Keating is very skilled with a blade and he shows it in the second half of the video. One point on which I strongly agree with Mr. Keating is that not enough time is spent on knife deployment by most instructors. Learning to draw and clear the weapon quickly under stressful conditions should receive more attention. Mr. Keating addresses this point very forcefully.

Knife fighting videos are difficult to review because it is difficult to determine to what audience these videos are aimed. If you assume the viewer has zero to very little training in weaponry, then this video is very good. If you assume the viewer is experienced in bladed weaponry, then this video is not quite as good. This video is recommended for those with little to no knife training and a lesser recommendation for those with extensive training in bladed weaponry.


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