Company: Iron Warrior Federation
Tape Name: Neck Manipulatons, Volume 2
Tape Cost: $39.95
Length of Tape/Time: Approximately 1 hour
Number of Moves/Techniques: Approximately 100, maybe more
Return Policy: Money Back Guarantee
Experiences in dealing with this company: Very Good
The Instructor: Marco Lala
Company's Address: PO Box 979,Yonkers, NY., 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:7
Degree to which this will make someone a better Martial Artist:9
Score on delivery vs hype:10
Wasted Time ( The lower the number, the less " fluff ") 10
Playback Score/Watching it over-and-over again): 10
Would I purchase more of this company's products: 10
Overall grade based on cost vs value: 9

Grand Total: 94 % ( Good = 3.5 Stars )

Secondary Grading Criteria

Beginners: Good
Intermediate: Excellent
Advanced: Excellent
Time to benefit: Not immediate but worth investing training time
The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Written Summary:

This tape is a bonanza if you are interested in learning more about grappling techniques that attack the neck via chokes. As I mentioned in the preview, there are over 100 techniques when you count all the variations and applications of each choke. Mr. Lala really seems to know his stuff in this video. Mr. Lala goes into great detail about the fine points of choke application including proper hand placement, how to hold the gi correctly, and how to properly remove slack from a gi. All of these are small but critical components to knowing how to choke properly and the kind of details that are often left out of some grappling videos.

A lot of the material on this tape involves using a gi to apply a choke so one can assume that much of the material is aimed at the NHB crowd. There is enough material presented that one can take some of the gi chokes and make them " street effective ", depending on what the opponent may be wearing on his torso. There was an excellent section on the last part of the tape on how to defend against being choked out. I felt this particular section was the most readily adaptable to street self defense.

Marco Lala is obviously a highly skilled and talented martial artist. I hope we have the pleasure of reviewing more of his videos in the future.


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