Company: Turtle Press
Tape Name: The Way of the Warrior/Fundamentals/Tape 1
Tape Cost: $34.95
Length of Tape/Time: 45 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: 40+
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: 9
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'd recommend this product: 9
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: 93% (Good = 3.25 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:

The title of this tape can be somewhat deceiving. Even though it's titled "Fundamentals", it shows a lot of advanced techniques. Initially I thought I was going to sit down and be looking at an hour long tape of basics. This tape was a real surprise. It had a whole lot more. I'm literally amazed at how much information Turtle can get on their tapes. I catch myself sitting there counting the number of techniques, watching the clock, and being amazed at all the innovative techniques they show on their tapes, within the running time of each tape.

The tape starts out by showing various striking techniques, with punches, kicks, elbows, and knees. Good for beginners. Then it kicks into high gear by showing a lot of submission techniques, such as wrist locks, elbow locks, shoulder locks, and chokes. And you get to see lots of them. After that, you get lots of takedowns, escapes, ground fighting techniques, and self defense too. Then you're shown various applications in which to use these techniques.

This is a good all around tape for any martial artist. It doesn't matter whether you're a beginner, intermediate, or advanced.


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