Company: Panther Productions
Name: Combat Sambo/Volume 7/Street Self-Defense
Tape Cost: listed at $39.95 in catalog
Length of Tape/Time: 48 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: 20 listed (counting all components of each, you could say 60)
Return Policy: defective merchandise only
Experiences in dealing with this company: very polite and friendly
Instructor: Tony Lopez
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: 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'd recommend this product: 9
7. Wasted Time (The higher the number, the less "fluff" and repetition): 9
8. Playback Score/Watching it over-and-over again: 9
9. Would I purchase more of this company's or instructor's products: 9
10. Overall grade based on cost vs. value: 9

Total: 90% (Fair = 2.5 stars)

Editors note: This tape almost made the GOOD scale. It however lacked a little in it's production and instruction, to help make the techniques more understandable. Therefore it might be somewhat difficult to duplicate/repeat accurately, the techniques shown.

Secondary Grading Criteria:

1. Beginners: Excellent
2. Intermediate: Excellent
3. Advanced: Excellent
4. Time to benefit: probably a month or two, some techniques seemed to require more practice and coordination than Volume 8 did.
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: more of a concern than the previous tape, some things were mentioned that might've required previous tapes to fully understand.

Written Summary:

This tape was really good, and showed some great techniques, but in our opinion, wasn't as close too PERFECTION as Mr. Lopez' previous tape, Street Self Defense Volume 8.

Here's what we saw. First, this tape had a lot more excessive repetition. Some techniques were shown 4-6 times or more.

There's one thing I just don't understand. Don't most of the companies that produce these tapes know we all have rewind buttons? Why have excessive repetition eat up valuable tape space? I think that we'd all rather see more techniques instead. And if you are going to show a lot of repetition, at least do it from different angles.

Also this tape seemed a little more difficult to understand. Some techniques required a wrestling dummy for safety, which I don't understand why it wasn't made available for the production of this tape.

And some techniques were a little difficult to understand due to the fact that you couldn't see them fully performed. Doing so on a human would cause severe injury. Therefore it scored a litttle lower on the comprehension scale.

Also the "time to benefit" seemed to be much longer than the previous tape. Although this isn't really a main grading criteria, it should be pointed out. It appeared that some of the techniques shown on this tape would require quite a bit more practice, in order to acquire the necessary coordination to make the techniques effective.

Don't get me wrong, this tape was good, and had good techniques. However it wasn't as close to PERFECTION as Mr. Lopez' previous tape. If you're looking to build a collection of good self defense tapes, it might be a good addition.

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