Company: Warrior Publications
Tape Name: Practical Knife Fighting and Defense
$69.95 (for 1 tape?)
Length of Tape/Time: Approximately 1 hour
Number of Moves/Techniques:
Return Policy: ?
Experiences in dealing with this company: ?
Company's Address: 6252 Dark Hollow Way, Medford, OR 97501
Phone Number: 541-535-3188
Web Page: http://www.thespeedman.com
Primary Grading Criteria:
Production/Tape Quality: 8
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 9
Score/Immediate Understanding: 9
4. Degree to which this will make someone a better
Martial Artist: 8
5. Score on delivery vs hype: 8
6. Degree to which we would
recommend this product: 8
7. Wasted Time ( The higher the number, the less "
fluff" /repetition ): 9
8. Playback Score/Watching if over-and-over again:
9. Would I purchase more of this company's products:8
10. Overall grade based
on cost vs. Value: 8
Grand Total: 84% ( Poor = 1 Star )
Secondary Grading Criteria:
Beginners benefit: Fair
2. Intermediate benefit: Poor
3. Advanced benefit:
4. Time to benefit: Immediate for most
5. The need to buy additional tapes
to understand this one: None
is a rather dated look at the way knife fighting was taught in the late 1980's in
various karate dojos around the country. The material on this video may have been
" state of the art " in the eighties, but definitely not now. Mr. LaTourrette
(also known as The Speedman to readers of Black Belt Magazine advertisements) is
the instructor on this video and is fairly entertaining as he goes through his martial
arts tough guy routine. But the material on this video must not be mistaken for true
knife fighting or self defense techniques.
I have one cardinal rule for evaluating
any video that deals with knife fighting or knife self defense: Never attempt to
kick a knife out of an attacker's hand. Period. In my reviewing universe, this rule
is an absolute. Mr. LaTourrette actually spends about 20 minutes teaching various
ways to kick a knife out of an opponent's hand. In addition to this absurdity, he
goes through various "techniques" that are impossible to pull off in the
heat of battle. Contorted limbs, weird bending squats, and generally unsound biomechanics
are found throughout this entire video. Maybe Mr. LaTourrette can kick a knife out
of a guy's hand. I don't know. But I do know that the average student/martial artist
should never attempt such a move. Never.
This video is also an amusing collection
of various martial arts cliches. In addition to the obligatory "kick the knife
out of his hand" technique, we also have the standard reference to a "professional
knife fighter". Has anyone out there ever met a "professional knife fighter"
? If so, I would like to know about it. All of the required b.s. about ki is in here
as well as a plethora of worthless knife fighting techniques. My favorite is the
old standard where you deflect an overhead stab into the clumsy opponent's own leg.
We should all be so lucky to be attacked by an uncoordinated oaf. There is a lot
of kiai's and guys slashing the air like they were related to Leatherface (see Texas
Chainsaw Massacre). Very entertaining. But I wouldn't want to spend any money for
Practically speaking, there is virtually no discussion on how to deploy
a blade. There is no reference, even in passing, to any of the filipino martial arts
which are the foundation for most of the effective knife fighting systems worldwide.
I really do not know where Mr. LaTourrette came up with this stuff but he certainly
did not get much of it from the Phillipines. There is next to nothing about learning
about the flow or how to fight spontaneously. It's just one technique after another.
One and two and three and…
There are few decent tidbits of information such
as learning about the point of no return and some good tricks on how to trick your
opponent into attacking where you want him to attack. But the decent tidbits are
outweighed greatly by the irrelevant, the unrealistic, and the sadistic (he shows
a few things about how to cut someone's throat from behind. Not my idea of self defense).
Some people may be offended by Mr. LaTourrette's barrage of profanity and references
to the male anatomy. In this video, there is something for everyone. Something for
everyone to be offended by that is. I found myself torn between laughing out loud
and shaking my head in disgust and disbelief. While this video is definitely good
for a few laughs, it is certainly not recommended by this reviewer as a purchase.