Company: Turtle Press
Tape Name: Wristlocks (JSD5)
Tape Cost: $34.95
Length of Tape/Time: 42 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: 16
Return Policy: Defective Merchandise or By Authorization
Experiences in dealing with this company: Excellent
The Instructor: Sang H. Kim
Company's Address: 403 Silas Deane Hwy., Wethersfield, CT., 06109
Company's Phone Number: 1-800-778-8785
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Primary Grading Criteria:

1. Production/Tape Quality: 9
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 9
3. Comprehension 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 ): 8
8. Playback Score/Watching if over-and-over again: 8
9. Would I purchase more of this company's products:9
10. Overall grade based on cost vs. Value: 9

Grand Total: 88% ( Fair = 2 Stars ) Original Grade 90%

Secondary Grading Criteria:

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

Written Summary:

This is an interesting video that deals intensively with wristlocks. The video takes a base wristlock (one sometimes called a gooseneck or pigeon lock) and builds several types of locks, lock flow drills, come-alongs, and takedowns based on this initial lock. Hanho (Mr. Kim) does a fair job explaining the fine points of the locks and there is adequate verbal explanation of each move. The moves are shown many times, both in slow motion and in regular speed.

One area that could've possibly been done better, would've been to show how to set up, and enter, each technique for a street/combat situation. Also, in my opinion, each technique was shown several more times than necessary. A few less repetitions might have allowed a few more techniques to be shown, or how to set up and enter them. But these were fairly minor concerns, and shouldn't be weighed heavily, so as to take away from the quality, or value, of this video and it's techniques.

The video introduces a training concept for those who are able to catch the idea. The concept is taking a base (or root) wristlock and learning every possible combination or lock flow that is possible from this root movement. If a person did this with every jointlock in his or her repertoire, then that person's skills would be increased greatly.

This video would be a good learning tool for most beginning martil artists, particularly those who come from striking based arts and need to be exposed more to stand up jujitsu skills


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