Company: Paladin Press
Tape Name: Unarmed and Dangerous Vol. 2: Rifles, Shotguns, and Long Weapons
Tape Cost: $24.95 or $45.00 for Vol 1 & 2
Length of Tape/Time: 60 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: 12 +
Return Policy: Refund on damaged or defective tapes only
Experiences in dealing with this company: These guys are great
The Instructor: James Keating
Company's Address: P.O. Box 1307, Boulder, CO., 80306
Company's Phone Number: 1-800-392-2400
Web Page:

Main Grading Criteria

Production/Tape Quality: 9
Instructors demonstrated skill level: 9
Comprehension Score: 9
Degree to which this will make someone a better Martial Artist: 9
Score on delivery vs hype: 9
Wasted Time (The higher the number, the less " fluff "): 9
Playback Score/Watching it over-and-over again): 9
Would I purchase more of this company's products: 10
Overall grade based on cost vs value: 10

Grand Total: 92 %

Secondary Grading Criteria

Beginners: Excellent
Intermediate: Excellent
Advanced: Very Good
Time to benefit: May take a little time
The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: Vol. 1 would be helpful

Written Summary:

It's been a few months since we reviewed Vol 1 of this series by James Keating. In that volume, Mr. Keating dealt with short weapons (handgun, knife, etc), in this volume, we are shown how to deal with longer weapons (mainly the shotgun and bat).

Mr. Keating's concepts are fairly simple, and don't require a person know, or think about, tons of fancy moves. In fact, most of the concepts used in Vol. 1, are carried over, and used in Vol 2.

The basic ideas are:

1. Move off the line of fire, as you
2. Block/Trap, then
3. Extract the Weapon
4. Repel the attacker (getting you some distance)
5. Turn your attacker's weapon back on him

Some of the techniques Mr. Keating uses are "double taps", "weaving", "torquing", "roll back", "press back", along with others. I personally liked the way, once Mr. Keating moves "off line", he smoothly transitions from various blocks and traps into strikes, extractions and throws. Some of these were really slick!

Towards the end, Mr. Keating covers other weapons such as a belt and shovel, and how these should best be dealt with. Afterwards he closes by discussing how if you fail to extract the weapon, not to worry, because by that time, if you follow his methods, you're out of it's effective range, and too close for it to be a threat. Mr. Keating goes on to emphasize how it's just as important to practice successful extraction, as it is to practice one's "failure to extract". He mentions how things in a real situation may not always go as planned, and implies that if you've used his methods properly, one should be able to effectively deal with either a successful or unsuccesful extraction. All in all a pretty good tape.

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