Company: Panther Productions
Name: Street Self Defense Volume 1
Tape Cost: listed at $39.95 in catalog
Length of Tape/Time: 40 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: 23
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: 8
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
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: 8
Overall grade based on cost vs value: 8

Grand Total: Revised to 86 % ( Fair = 1 Star ) Original score was 93%

Secondary Grading Criteria

Beginners: Fair
Intermediate: Fair
Advanced: Fair
Time to benefit: Immediate for most those with aiki background. Other may take longer.
The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: Other tapes in the series provide information on how to do the techniques.

Written Summary:

This tape is an extension of the aikijujitsu techniques shown on previous tapes in this series. It provides empty hand street applications. The hakamas and gi's worn by Mr. Ibarra and his uke have been replaced with street clothes to give the video a more realistic look and feel.

The main point I would like to make about this video is that some of the more complex " dojo only " moves seen on the previous tapes have been replaced with more simplified techniques. This is a great idea because on the street, simplicity and directness should be the order of the day. I expected to see the same complicated moves that I saw on the previous video so I was very pleased to see Mr. Ibarra modify the techniques to fit the street. That said, I do believe that many of techniques that were unrealistic for street application. . The techniques shown dealt with various grabs, punches, tackles, and chokes and featured hip throws, shoulder throws, elbow locks, wrist locks and chokes.

Once again I feel like there were too many repetitions of the same technique. Personally, I would have liked to have seen more techniques and less repetition. This video, as all the others in this series, was well produced but Panthers obsession with showing a technique way too many
times makes this video a less than average value for the money.


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