Company: Iron Warrior Federation
Tape Name: Elbow Techniques
Tape Cost: 39.95
Length of Tape/Time: Approximately 75 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: At least 50 techniques + drills
Return Policy: Money Back Guarantee
Experiences in dealing with this company: Very Good
The Instructor: Marco Lala
Company's Address: PO Box 979, Yonkers, New York, 10704-0979
Company's Phone Number: 800-573-7655
Web Page:

Main Grading Criteria

Production/Tape Quality: 9
Instructors demonstrated skill level: 10
Comprehension Score: 9
Degree to which this will make someone a better Martial Artist: 10
Degree to which we would recommend this product: 9
Score on delivery vs hype: 10
Wasted Time (The higher the number, the less " fluff "): 10
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: 9

Grand Total: Revised to 94 % ( Good - 3.5 Stars ) Original score was 95%

Secondary Grading Criteria

Beginners: Very Good
Intermediate: Very Good
Advanced: Very Good
Time to benefit: Immediate
The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Written Summary:

You can almost see the elbows being popped out of place as you watch this very informative video on elbow techniques by Marco Lala. This is "the" definitive video on using the elbow as a striking weapon, and on performing elbow locks against an opponent. There is also a great deal of material on how to escape some of the common locks that are applied against the elbow. There is something on this video for everybody regardless of their martial arts skill level. Mr. Lala's use of voiceovers makes for a clear and logical presentation of the material. The video is well produced, and Mr. Lala, who is an extremely talented martial artist, is an exceptionally good video instructor on this particular tape. Of the videos I have seen by Mr. Lala, this is definitely the best one. The tape is at least 75 minutes long and there is virtually no wasted time.

The first segment of the tape deals with using the elbow as a striking weapon. The various elbow attack angles are shown, along with several traditional, as well as free style, drills for incorporating the elbow strikes into one's muscle memory. The second part of the tape deals with using various joint locks against the elbow. At least 8 to 10 different joint locks are shown here as well as some trapping and countering drills. The third part of the tape deals with escapes against some of these more common joint locks and there is a fair amount of grappling/groundfighting tips in this section as well. There is a lot of material on this tape and I highly recommend this tape if one wants to really understand how to effectively use ( and defend against ) elbow attacks in combat situations.


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