Company: Panther Productions
Name: Intermediate Techniques of Aikijujutsu
Tape Cost: listed at $39.95 in catalog
Length of Tape/Time: 45 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: 30
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: 8
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: 9
Would I purchase more of this company's products: 9
Overall grade based on cost vs. value: 8

Grand Total: Revised to 87% ( Fair = 1.75 Stars ) Original score was 93%

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: The previous tape in this series would be helpful to beginners.

Written Summary:

This video is another high quality production from Panther featuring Miguel Ibarra. The format is identical to the previous tape in this series ( see previous review on "Fundamental Techniques of Aikijujitsu" ) only more advanced. The techniques shown are required for brown belt level in aikijujitsu, according to Panther, and are based on techniques shown in the previous tape in this series. Mr. Ibarra is a wonderful martial artist and that is seen very clearly on this tape as he throws his uke all over the place in this one. There are joint locks, throws, takedowns, chokes, and come alongs against a variety of attacks that include various grabs and strikes. While many of the techniques shown on this video are seen in the previous tape, there are more advanced applications of these same techniques so the video is not " more of the same ". This video must be watched very closely in order to learn how to apply these techniques correctly but Mr. Ibarra's narration is very good at helping the viewer understand what is happening.

Once again, my major criticism of this video is the large number of repetitions of each technique. Panther is notorious for showing the same technique a ridiculous number of times. As I have said in other reviews, Panther has the highest “ cost/technique shown “ of all the major martial art video producers.

This video is better suited for the more advanced martial artist. Beginners should probably see the first tape in the series to fully understand the basics behind each technique. I thought material on this video was a little better than average but the ridiculous number of repetitions makes the value of this tape below average


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