Company: Panther Productions
Name: Street Self Defense Volume 2
Tape Cost: listed at $39.95 in catalog
Length of Tape/Time: 35 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: 20
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: 8
Degree to which we would recommend this product: 8
Score on delivery vs hype: 8
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: 8
Overall grade based on cost vs value: 8

Grand Total: Revised to 84% ( Poor = 1 Star ) Original score was 90%

Secondary Grading Criteria

Beginners: Poor
Interrmediate: Fair
Advanced: Fair
Time to benefit: Immediate for some, not immediate for less advanced
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:

The techniques shown on this video are the same techniques seen in previous tapes of this series. However in this tape, only weapon attacks are demonstrated. The real question should be: " Are these aikijujitsu techniques demonstrated by Mr.Ibarra effective in street confrontations ?". I believe this is a fair question since the tape is advertised as "Street Self Defense". I have watched this tape a great many times to try and answer that question and I am going to have to stride the fence and say that most of the techniques probably are ineffective. As always, the effectiveness of these techniques is dependent on the skill level of the practitioner. However, I am basing my opinion on the assumption that this tape is aimed at the intermediate level martial artist. Based on that, I believe that probably over 80% of the techniques could not be correctly learned from a video. Most of the techniques shown require a great deal of training time to be applied effectively. There is a bit more explanation of these techniques on previous tapes in the series but not enough to teach the beginning to intermediate student.

As in the other tapes of the series, I felt there was too much repetition of the techniques. The tape is also a mere 35 minutes long which, when combined with the large number of technique repetitions., makes it a poor value.


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