Company: Panther Productions
Name: No Holds Barred Fundamental Takedown Techniques
Tape Cost: listed at $49.95 in catalog
Length of Tape/Time: 40 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: 6?
Return Policy: defective merchandise only
Experiences in dealing with this company: very polite and friendly
Instructor: Mark Kerr
Company's Address: Panther Productions, 1010 Calle Negocio, San Clemente, CA. 92673
Company's Phone Number: 800-332-4442
Web Page: Century purchased Panther's entire library

Primary Grading Criteria:

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

Grand Total: 96 %

Secondary Grading Criteria:

1. Beginners benefit: Excellent
2. Intermediate benefit: Excellent
3. Advanced benefit: Excellent
4. Time to benefit: Some immediate benefit.
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Written Summary:

In this tape, Mark Kerr shows the viewer how to shoot in, and quickly take an opponent to the ground. Kerr shows how to "run through" the opponent, using ones head and shoulder, in conjunction with single and double leg takedown techniques. Though this information was valuable, I felt the real beauty and value of this tape lied in its additional techniques, in these Kerr showed how to maintain control, and counter your opponents various reactions to these shooting techniques.

The only downside or missing piece that I would've liked to see, would've been Kerr specifically showing examples of how to deal with an opponent who attempts to throw an elbow or knee, while one is going in for the single and double leg takedown. Examples of him doing that with an opponent, while having headgear on, would've been nice to see (hint, hint). And Kerr briefly addresses this issue by implying the speed with which he goes in would make that almost impossible for anyone to do. And to Kerr's credit, he is VERY FAST! I concur when he says that 99% of the time no one would stand a chance of landing a clean elbow or knee shot on him. But Kerr's speed, size, experience, and confidence, is something the rest of us may never have. Watching this tape, with the mindset of a beginner, I couldn't help but wonder how long it would take for someone to be able to do these techniques well, so they wouldn't catch a deftly timed knee or elbow. Kerr kept saying "Practice, practice, practice", but how long are we talking about here? 6 months, a year, 5 or 10 years?

All in all the takedown techniques Kerr shows look solid and very effective, however you'll probably need very good, strong young knees, to get in low and fast like he does. Although there are only about 6 techniques shown, Kerr "breaks down" each of the important subtleties/sub-components of each, and does an excellent job of instructing the viewer. That combined with the control and counters, make this a somewhat short, but excellent introductory tape, IMHO, to NHB Fundamental Takedowns.

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