Company: Iron Warrior Federation
Tape Name: The Karate/Boxing Connection (Mastering Hand Techniques)
Tape Cost: 39.95
Length of Tape/Time: Approximately 75 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: Striking Tape Only
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: 9
Degree to which we would recommend this product: 9
Score on delivery vs hype: 10
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: 92% ( Good - 3 Stars )

Secondary Grading Criteria

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

Written Summary:

This is an extremely interesting video from Marco Lala that covers a multitude of hand strikes from both western boxing and traditional karate. Mr. Lala goes into great detail showing both the similarities and the differences in the hand techniques from these two diverse arts. He emphasizes that the current trend away from traditional martial arts is leading to a generation of martial artists who do not have firm grounding in the fundamentals of fighting. Mr. Lala demonstrates what he is talking about by showing the viewer the traditional karate punch. The traditional way, according to Mr. Lala, is intended to give the student a sound base in the fundamentals of movement in regard to striking techniques. Mr. Lala shows the viewer the four basic punches from western boxing and then shows the comparable technique from traditional karate. I found this whole video to be very intriguing. There are a number of video tapes available that show boxing punches but this is the only one that I have seen that does such an accurate comparison of the similarities and the differences in the two.

There are a lot of good training drills on this tape that involve the use of a partner. These are drills to wire in punching techniques into muscle memory because as Mr. Lala says, if you don't practice these punches and counterpunches, then you will never be able to pull them off in a fight.

This video is recommended for any martial artist who is interested in improving his punching skills, or for anyone who is interested in comparisons between boxing and karate. This is a very good, very interesting video.


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