Company: Sports Training Institute (a.k.a. Warrior Productions)
Tape Name: Street Speed Kill: How To Win A Street Fight In 3 Seconds ( Or Less )
Cost: 69.00
Length of Tape/Time: Approximately 1 hour
Number of Moves/Techniques: 8 plus variations
Return Policy: Refund on damaged or defective tapes only
Experiences in dealing with this company:
The Instructor: John LaTourrette
Company's Address: 6252 Dark Hollow Way, Medford, OR 97501
Company's Phone Number: 541-535-3188
Web Page:

Primary Grading Criteria:

1. Production/Tape Quality: 8
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 9
3. Comprehension 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: 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: 87% ( Fair = 1.75 Stars )

Secondary Grading Criteria:

1. Beginners benefit: Good
2. Intermediate benefit: Fair
3. Advanced benefit: Fair
4. Time to benefit: Immediate for most
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Written Summary:

If colorful titles and clever marketing sell videos, then surely this video by Mr. John LaTourrette would out sell all other martial arts videos. While this particular volume doesn't quite live up to it's colorful title, it's certainly not a bad video. Neither is it a great video either. As with all the videos we have reviewed from Mr. LaTourrette, the quality is strictly home video and the price is strictly top of the line ( close to 70 bucks ). As I have said before, quality content and quality production do not have to always go hand in hand. I can overlook a lot for 35 bucks a video. It's harder to overlook 70 bucks when the picture is fuzzy in places, the sound is atrocious, and the lighting goes from dark to very dark at times.

So how do you win a street fight in under 3 seconds ? According to Mr. LaTourrette, you either use a front thrust kick, a side kick, a finger jab to the eyes or a fast shuto to the side of the neck. Mr. LaTourrette shows some practical examples of when to apply these basic techniques. He uses these moves to defend against an in rushing opponent, a roundhouse punching opponent, and against a 2 on 1 hammer and anvil maneuver. Mr. LaTourrette gives quite a bit of good advice on mental preparation for a street fight throughout the video. The advice is sound but when it comes to mental preparation/combat psychology, I have yet to see anyone who surpasses Tony Blauer. Still, that is not to downgrade what Mr. LaTourrette has to say because it is still good advice.

There is some good supplemental information as well. How to phrase things to the police is one example and what are the best targets to hit ( in a street fight ) is another example. This is strictly a stand up striking approach to street fighting. There are no locks, throws, or ground fighting to be seen. Mr. LaTourrette assumes that once you are able to hit or kick someone first, you will take them out and that will be that. This may be an unfair assumption on my part but that is the way the material was presented. I think it's only prudent to train more than 1 or 2 techniques for initial striking in a street fight. I would never assume any technique(s) of mine were so good that I could count on them exclusively. I want the whole arsenal and I would think so do most of the viewers.

One word of caution about this video ( and others by Mr. LaTourrette ). The language used might be offensive to some people. There is profanity laced throughout so one might be advised to keep the volume down if sensitive ears are in the house.

The main reason I did not rate this video higher is that considering the cool sounding title, it only barely scratched the surface of street fighting. You mayuse these techniques to sucker punch some thug but you gotta have more than what is shown here. The video is fine up to a point. And it probably is fine as introductory material. But there is so much more out there for the serious student. Because of that, we would only recommend this video as a supplement to the better videos currently on the market.


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