Company: ESPY-TV
Tape Name Mande Muda Pencak Silat
Tape Cost: $29.95
Length of Tape/Time: Approximately 1 hour
Number of Moves/Techniques: About 60 Techniques
Return Policy: Return On Defective Or Damaged Merchandise Only
Experiences in dealing with this company: This company is terrific.
The Instructor: Guy Chase
Company's Address: 611 Broadway, N.Y., N.Y., 10012
Company's Phone Number: 212-673-0899
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Main Grading Criteria

Production/Tape Quality: 9
Instructors demonstrated skill level: 9
Comprehension Score: 8
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: 10

Grand Total: 93 % ( Good = 3.25 Stars )

Secondary Grading Criteria

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

Written Summary:

None of the Indonesian arts that belong in the Silat category are easy to understand at the beginning. That is why I was impressed with the way Mr. Chase demonstrated his version of Silat in this video. He begins by going over the 5 common fighting positions found in Mande Muda, some of which are highly unorthodox. From here, the majority of the tape consists of learn different types of Silat entries ( and there are a great many shown in this video ) and some possible follow ups after the entry has been made.

Mr. Chase then gives us some sample "jurus" which look a little bit like Silat versions of what we would call katas. He states that these jurus are for using when you do not have a partner to practice with and for proper conditioning of the leg muscles ( which is very understandable once you see the techniques which require great leg strength and flexibility ).

Mr. Chase closes by showing us various takedowns that work off of the various entries that he has shown earlier.

This is a video with a lot of information on it. How much Silat is practical for use in a street fight ? I don't really know. But there is enough material on this tape that, if used correctly in a bar fight, you could be stacking the bodies in a pile in the middle of the dance floor. This is a difficult art to learn, but it is fun to watch and would certainly catch most opponents off guard due to it's unconventional tactics.


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