Company: Sports Training Institute/Warrior Productions
Tape Name: Speed Fighting
Length of Tape/Time: Approximately 1 hour
Number of Moves/Techniques:
Return Policy: Refund on damaged or defective tapes only
in dealing with this company: ?
The Instructor: John LaTourrette
Address: 6252 Dark Hollow Way, Medford, OR 97501
Company's 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: 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. Would I purchase more of this company's products:9
10. Overall grade based
on cost vs. Value: 9
Grand Total: 89% (Fair = 2.25 Stars)
Secondary Grading Criteria:
Beginners benefit: Good
2. Intermediate benefit: Fair
3. Advanced benefit:
4. Time to benefit: Immediate for most
5. The need to buy additional tapes
to understand this one: None
This is an
interesting video from John LaTourrette, aka the Speed Man to readers of Black Belt
Magazine. Of the videos that I have seen and/or reviewed, this is definitely the
best one to date. Unlike the other tapes that I have seen by Mr. LaTourrette, this
one focuses on concepts over technique. There is also a good deal of psychological
training and conditioning material as well. The quality is strictly early 90's home
video and for 69.0 bucks, I think one should at least get a quality production.
video begins with Mr. LaTourrette sitting behind a desk, facing the camera. Looking
very menacing ( dressed in black, black hair, black beard ), Mr. LaTourrette gives
a brief introduction to the material that will be taught later in the video. He gives
the usual scary statistics on why everyone needs to learn self defense and then name
drops by casually linking his own work to that of Bruce Lee, Joe Lewis, and Jeff
Cooper. It definitely made me want to keep watching however because Mr. LaTourrette
is nothing if not sinister looking.
The material presented on the remainder
of this video is fundamentally sound. However, Mr. LaTourrette attempts to cover
so much material that he really only touches on each subject very briefly without
any in depth discussion. Much of the material focuses on the psychological component
of fighting, primarily the psychology of fear and how it affects performance. There
are some very good sparring tips such as the use of broken rhythm and feinting. Footwork
is addressed briefly as are attack lines, centerline targets, tactics, and economy
of motion. I could find no fault with the street fighting advice offered by Mr. LaTourrette,
even if some of it is self evident. Some of the advice is as follows:
2. Never duel or " fight fair "
3. Keep your techniques
simple ( adrenalin adversely affects performance )
4. Use centerline targets to
" stop " an opponent.
5. Your attitude must be positive.
of this is very good advice, although like I said, it is self evident to those who
have done much real fighting. The sections on the psychological component to combat
were the most interesting. While there are better videos out there on this subject
( I am referring to Tony Blauer's work ), the material here was interesting nonetheless.
Strangely enough, what I saw on this video had very little to do with the
title which is " Speed Fighting ". I did not see a great deal here that
would help me to increase my speed at anything. Even though the material is pretty
good, the title is a bit misleading.
So how do we rate this video? I would
give this video a possible buy with the following caveats. The production is amateurish,
especially considering the price ( 69.00 ) for this video. The material, while good,
is superseded by other videos on the market ( mainly Tony Blauer's work ). And the
title " Speed Fighting " is not really representative of the material on
the video. It is an example of clever marketing however because everyone would like
to know how to " speed fight " ( whatever that really is ). Some of you
out there will probably love this video. Others will hate it. To quote Obi Wan Kenobi,
" Luke, you will discover that the truths we hold sometimes depend on one's
point of view ". Or something like that.