Company: Sports Training Institute
Tape Name: Speed Hitting
Tape Cost: $20 ?
Length of Tape/Time: 60+ minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: 20+
Return Policy: N/A
Experiences in dealing with this company: N/A
The Instructor: Dr. John LaTourette
Company's Address: 6252 Dark Hollow Rd., Medford, OR., 97501
Company's Phone Number: 1-541-535-3188
Web Page:

Primary Grading Criteria:

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

Grand Total: 10% (Poor = )

Secondary Grading Criteria:

1. Beginners benefit: Poor
2. Intermediate benefit: Poor
3. Advanced benefit: Poor
4. Time to benefit: May take a little time
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: Possibly !

Written Summary:

First off let me say that the "Speed Man" is fast, there's no doubt about it. Yes, he can probably hit a guy 20 times in one second, but it's ALOT simplier than you think. We've all seen the full page ads about "Speed Hitting" in our favorite martial arts magazine. Now let me tell you how you too can SPEED HIT. Put both your hands up by your uki's face, one hand by each check, with only the finger part of each hand touching your uki's cheeks, now alternate going back and forth in a slapping motion with both hands VERY RAPIDLY, criss cross both hands as you do this, making sure you slap with the palm side and backside of each hand. It may take a little coordination to get the criss crossing of each hand, along with the palm side and back side down, but now you too can SPEED HIT someone. Will that hurt a guy? I seriously doubt it. It'll surely get his attention, but IMHO, it won't drop him. Even with LaTourette doing it, whose like 6'4", it appeared to lack any serious power. I felt it was pretty, but mainly for show. Wasn't what I was expecting, but the tape did have some speed drills that might be helpful. With all the slapping going on, I felt I was watching Moe, Larry and Curly. I was very disappointed with the actual usefulness of the material. My opinion: Watch once, make notes, and record over it.

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