Company: ESPY-TV
Tape Name Advanced Kenpo Hands
Tape Cost: $29.95
Length of Tape/Time: 47 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: 28 Techniques
Return Policy: Return On Defective Or Damaged Merchandise Only
Experiences in dealing with this company: This company is terrific.
The Instructor: Nick Cerio
Company's Address: 611 Broadway, N.Y., N.Y., 10012
Company's Phone Number: 212-673-0899
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: 10
Score on delivery vs hype: 9
Degree to which we'd recommend this product: 9
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: 10

Grand Total: 95 % ( Good = 3.75 Stars )

Secondary Grading Criteria

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

Written Summary:

In this video, Mr. Cerio takes the viewer a little further into the study of Kenpo Hands. Mr. Cerio, with the help of an uke, shows approximately 28 techniques. We see each technique at least twice, with it first done slowly, and the second time around, at its actual speed. It is obvious while watching, that Mr. Cerio's Kenpo is not only fast, but can deliver a tremendous amount of power too. Speed and power, the Holy Grail of Martial Arts Training, is seen here in Mr Cerio's Kenpo Hands. To those that I've heard say, "Kenpo is a slap art with no power", they should check out this tape.

The techniques are done against a variety of attacks. First we get to see them used against punches to the head, to the body, then against double punches. We also get to see Kenpo Hands dealing with and dispatching the uke when he applies holds such as bearhugs and headlocks. These techniques involve more than just striking ( which Kenpo is most famous for ), they also involve joint manipulation and takedowns. This maybe a bit of a surprise to most people because many I'm sure think of Kenpo as being exclusively a striking art.

The video is scripted very simply and logically. The material moves smoothly from one technique to the next. While watching I was impressed with how easily much of what Mr. Cerio taught, could be adapted to the street. If you are a Kenpoist from another branch of the Kenpo tree, this video may be of great interest to you. If you are a beginner or intermediate student in another style, there are some very good concepts and techniques for you on this video.

My only problem with this video is that one could easily tell that Mr. Cerio probably knows so much that we will never get to see it all on video. As a viewer, I was left wanting to see more. I don't in any way want that to be implied as a negative, on the contrary, I felt there was plenty of great stuff on this tape to keep many a student, busy for now.


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