Company: Panther Productions
Name: Fundamental Techniques of Aikijujutsu
Tape Cost: listed at $39.95 in catalog
Length of Tape/Time: 45 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: 22
Return Policy: defective merchandise only
Experiences in dealing with this company: very polite and friendly
Instructor: Miquel Ibarra
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

Main Grading Criteria:

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

Grand Total: Revised to 87% ( Fair = 1.75 Stars ) Original score was 92%

Secondary Grading Criteria:

Beginners: Good
Intermediate: Fair
Advanced: Fair
Time to benefit: Training time must be undertaken to fully benefit.
The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Written Summary:

This tape is the second in a series from Panther Productions that features Miquel Ibarra demonstrating basic techniques from the art aikijujitsu. The techniques shown in this video illustrate some of the basic principles of aikijujitsu that are necessary as a base from which to learn the more advanced techniques that appear on subsequent videos. The quality of the visual work on this video is second to none as it is on all videos from Panther.

While the techniques on this video are considered to be fundamental, they are not necessarily easy to do. Mr. Ibarra does a very good job of showing the subtleties of the techniques and the narration by Mr. Ibarra is very good at explaining to the viewer the concepts behind the techniques. Some of the concepts that are introduced to the viewer are moving from the center of the body, projection of energy, circular motion, and off balancing of the opponent. All of the techniques are shown at least once in slow motion to help the viewer see all of the fine points. The techniques shown deal with escapes from wrist grabs, defenses against strikes, wrist and joint locks, a few takedowns and some basic ground control moves.

My main criticism of this video is that even though the viewer is shown a total of 22 techniques, there are too many repetitions of the same techniques in my opinion. Personally, I would have preferred more techniques and less repetition. This is a serious flaw on nearly every Panther video I have watched. You can usually count on the highest “ cost/technique ratio “ of any martial art video producer.

The degree to which we would recommend this video is determined by the experience that the viewer brings to the table. If the viewer has no experience in aikijujitsu or aikido, then this video would receive a high recommendation since it covers many of the basic concepts. However, if the viewer is experienced in either of these arts, then they might find the material a bit repetitious. That said however, this is a somewhat pleasing video to watch and Mr. Ibarra is terrific at his art.


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