Company: Iron Warrior Federation
Tape Name: Iron Defense System
Tape Cost: 39.95
Length of Tape/Time: Approximately 45 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: About 30 + Training 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: 10
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
Wasted Time (The higher the number, the less " fluff "): 9
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 92 % ( Good - 3 Stars ) Original score was 93%

Secondary Grading Criteria

Beginners: Good
Intermediate: Good
Advanced: Good
Time to benefit: Immediate for most martial artists
The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Written Summary:

This tape is an excellent look at learning or enhancing one's defensive skills in fighting. Mr. Lala's Iron Defense System covers a wide range of concepts that include evasion, parrying, and blocking. Mr. Lala begins the tape by showing some traditional karate blocks. From there, he moves into his method of forming an effective fighting stance including foot and hand placement along with the correct placement of ones hands during infighting. After this section, the video gets very interesting and shows some traditional karate blocks modified for effective western fighting. Mr. Lala has a number of blocks in his system such as the upward, inward and downward knife hand, the downward parry, the lateral X block, the rising elbow block, the rib cage cover, the descending elbow block, the sweeping palm block, the driving palm heel block, and several very interesting combinations of these. There is also a good section on blocking low line attacks with the legs and knees and several good evasion drills as well.

My only criticism of the tape would be the weapons defense techniques Mr. Lala shows, particularly those that deal with handguns. While I am quite sure Mr. Lala would probably be able to pull off these moves in a real situation, I don't think the average martial artist would be able too. It is this writers opinion that unless one spent A LOT of time, and became REALLY GOOD at the handgun techniques Mr. Lala shows, a beginning or intermediate student might get shot trying to do them in the street.

That said, the rest of the tape deals with defense against empty hand, knife, and stick attacks, and is very good material. In closing, if you want to improve your defensive capabilities, give this tape a try.


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