Company: TRS/OTS
Tape Name: Fight To Win
Tape Cost: $97.00 for 3 tape series
Length of Tapes: 4 hours
Number of Moves/Techniques: Too many to count
Return Policy: Money back guarantee
Experiences in dealing with this company: Excellent
The Instructor: Jim “Smokey” West
Company’s Address: 606 E Acequia, Visalia, CA 93292
Company’s Phone Number: 1-800-899-8153
Web Page: (this series not listed on Web page)

Primary Grading Criteria:

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

Grand Total: Revised to 95% (Good = 3.75 stars) Original score 94%

Secondary Grading Criteria:

1. Beginners benefit: Excellent
2. Intermediate benefit: Excellent
3. Advanced benefit: Very good
4. Time to benefit: Some Immediate, some with practice
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Written Summary:

This Series does not cover the sport side of the Martial Arts. In the introduction Jim “Smokey” West states that the material presented will show you how to survive in the street. Mr. West knows what he is talking about and can back it up with real life experience. “Smokey” will gouge your eyes, knock you out, snap your arm and choke you all in a matter of seconds. It is obvious that he is very good at what he does.

This series covers a lot of material such as punches, kicks, soft tissue ripping and tearing, knees, elbows, head butts, joint locking techniques, control techniques, chokes, defense from punches, grabs and much more. Also shown is how to use objects in your environment such as a bottle, shot
glass, hair brush or a pen. Another thing I liked about this series was that 3 students were used to demonstrate the techniques taught while Mr. West watched and corrected any mistakes made. This really seemed to work well and I believe will help viewers avoid the same mistakes.

There are very few negative things that can be said about this series. The few negative points I picked up on are as follows. Mr. West does cover ground techniques in this series and most of them are very good. However after watching this tape I believe that Mr. West is much better at standup fighting than he is at ground fighting. It is not that he does not know how to fight on the ground it is just that this is not his speciality. For example a few errors that I picked up on were as follows. When the triangle choke was shown Mr. West does not cross the person’s arm across his chest and thereby blocking off both arteries. Also the importance of having your foot tightly secured behind the back of your knee is not shown. Another point that I noticed is that while performing the arm bar Mr. West keeps the back of the opponents hand against his chest (and pulls straight down) rather that stressing to keep the thumb pointed up. The above is why I rated Instructor demonstrated skill level at 9 rather than 10.

This tape series would be especially beneficial to beginning students or a non martial artist who wanted to greatly increase their chances of survival on the street. This tape series has a LOT to offer. I would highly recommend it.


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