Company: Turtle Press
Tape Name: Armed & Dangerous/Tape 2/Advanced Knife Defense
Tape Cost: $39.95
Length of Tape/Time: 55 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: 20+ (most had variations too!)
Return Policy: Defective Merchandise or By Authorization
Experiences in dealing with this company: Fantastic
The Instructor: Sang H. Kim
Company's Address: Turtle Press, 403 Silas Deane Hwy., Wethersfield, CT., 06109
Company's Phone Number: 1-800-778-8785
Web Page: http://www.turtlepress.com
E-Mail: sales@turtlepress.com


Primary Grading Criteria:

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


Grand Total: 94% (Good = 3.5 stars)


Secondary Grading Criteria:

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


Written Summary:

Wow, good tape from Turtle Press. By now I'm sure everyone, including all the various martial arts video companies, are checking out these reviews are wondering why we're giving the "Turtle" tapes such high scores. Well I'll tell everyone why. Because they're good tapes, period.

There were over 20 good knife defense techniques shown on this tape. Some I knew, but many I'd never seen before. This tape was truly an eye-opener. It really got me to thinking about all the various knife defense possibilities by combining various pieces of what I saw. To me the mark of a really good self-defense tape is one that opens your eyes and allows you to think about, and create on your own, infinite possibilities and variations. Or better put, taking a piece here, an idea there, and putting them together.

As far as the scoring goes, Turtle earned (7) "10's". The tape was solid, and very well done. The only reason it didn't score a little higher, is because I somewhat wondered how practical were the techniques, and how long would they take to master. The last thing any of is want is to get cut because you're trying to use some very complicated technciqe. Very flashy techniques for a "tournament" or "testing" situation, but for real? However, if you're interested in knife defense you might want to get it. And if you aren't, you might want to consider owning it just for the various control and restraint techniques shown. Besides with Turtles 5/$100 program, it's definitely a bargain.


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