Company: ESPY-TV
Tape Name: Kenpo Bo
Tape Cost: $29.95
Length of Tape/Time: 30 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: Kata Tape
Return Policy: Return On Defective Or Damaged Merchandise Only
Experiences in dealing with this company: Excellent
The Instructor: Nick Cerio
Company's Address: 611 Broadway, N.Y., N.Y., 10012
Company's Phone Number: 212-673-0899
Web Page:

Primary Grading Criteria:

1. Production/Tape Quality: 9
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 10
3. Comprehension Score/Immediate Understanding: 9
4. Degree to which this will make someone a better Martial Artist: 9
5. Score on delivery vs hype: 9
6. Degree to which we would recommend this product: 9
7. Wasted Time ( The higher the number, the less " fluff" /repetition ): 9
8. Playback Score/Watching if over-and-over again: 9
9. Would I purchase more of this company's products:9
10. Overall grade based on cost vs. Value: 9

Grand Total: 91 %

Secondary Grading Criteria:

1. Beginners benefit: Good
2. Intermediate benefit: Good
3. Advanced benefit: Good
4. Time to benefit: Immediate
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Written Summary:

This is the first weapon kata tape we've reviewed, and this particular video from ESPY, is a very good place to start. This interesting video begins with Mr. Cerio performing the Kenpo Bo kata with no explanation. After that, he gives the viewer a breakdown of the individual blocks and strikes, and good explanations on proper angulation of the blocks, correct hand positioning, proper body shifting and timing (when to move). After this, he shows the kata again, slowly, and then goes into the bunkai which is what the various moves within the kata actually mean.

Mr. Cerio proceeds to show the viewer a traditional Okinawan Bo kata and gives the viewer a breakdown on the bunkai of this kata as well. As an added treat, we are also shown a competition kata that is performed by one of Mr. Cerio's advanced students, which was very impressive.

Altogether the viewer is treated to 3 different Bo katas. What I found interesting was that each of the 3 katas shown, had within them some very good combat applications.

So who is the video for? I would say any martial artist who has an interest in weapons katas, especially those interested in learning to use the Bo.

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