Company: Natural Spirit International
Tape Name: Tape 6 - Slam & Jam Natural Combat Line Progressive Blade
Tape Cost: $49.95
Length of Tape/Time: Approximately 1 hour, 25 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: Too numerous to count
Return Policy: ?
Experiences in dealing with this company: Great
The Instructor: Kelly Worden
Company’s Address: P.O. Box 64069, Tacoma, WA., 98464
Company’s Phone Number: 253-678-7658
Web Page:

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 ): 10
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: 10

Grand Total: 94 %

Secondary Grading Criteria:

1. Beginners benefit: Very Good
2. Intermediate benefit: Excellent
3. Advanced benefit: Excellent
4. Time to benefit: Immediate for advanced martial artist, some time for beginners
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Written Summary:

This course is an excellent overview of the filipino martial arts approach to knife fighting. The material for the most part is combat knife oriented and not overly artistic and esoteric. This is good because of the serious nature of knife fighting ( quite literally life and death ) and the legal ramifications that are inherent when using a blade against another human being. Mr. Worden, as in several other of his videos, assumes a basic knowledge on the part of the viewer and moves directly into the training. Because of this approach, he is able to cover much more material than is generally found in other martial art videos, and he gives the viewer approximately 90 minutes of non stop demonstration and teaching. This could be a liability if the viewer is unfamiliar with or unwilling to learn some of the material ( such as joint locks and takedowns ) from other sources.

As the title suggests, the material is arranged in a progressive order. The tape begins with a display of various knives and a brief discussion of each weapon’s characteristics. Mr. Worden moves into the material with a section on defensive counter lines, which are basically moves to simply save yourself when both you and the opponent have a knife. The following segments in the video deal with low line cutting, merging empty hand techniques with knife work, reverse grip work, live hand monitoring, live blade training, counters and finishing holds, double knife fighting, and closes with a section on empty hand vs the knife. In each section, Mr Worden shows multiple options, and he does so in rapid fire succession, which allows him to cover so much material on this video.

This is a very good video on knife fighting. The material is oriented toward the student with some degree of experience in the martial arts. However, anyone can learn a great deal from this video. If you are interested in knife fighting, this video is a good place to look.

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