Company: ESPY-TV
Tape Name Kenpo Hands Connection
Tape Cost: $29.95
Length of Tape/Time: 47 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: approximately 50
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
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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 "): 9
Playback Score/Watching it over-and-over again): 10
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
Intermediate: Very Good
Advanced: Very Good
Time to benefit: Immediate
The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Written Summary:

This, the third tape of the Kenpo Hands series by Nick Cerio, was definitely my favorite. Mr Cerio performs many techniques with an uke and goes into detail about the whys and the hows of each move. One of the most important concepts that he emphasizes in this video is using one's body weight in relation to blocking and striking. There is more emphasis in this tape on using Kenpo kicks and on using the joint locking techniques of Jiu Jitsu. Mr. Cerio makes it very clear to the viewer that in his particular system of Kenpo, he has drawn on other arts such as Jiu Jitsu to make it more effective.

There are many good techniques shown, such as how to defend against various types of kicks, Mr Cerio is very adamant about never retreating along the same attack line that your opponent is attacking. I witnessed a few combination ( striking/locking) maneuvers that I never even seen before. Mr Cerio stresses that physical conditioning is critical in being able to pull off most martial arts technqiues. He emphasizes the use of Chi energy in a few places but doesn't dwell on that particular subject too long.

In general, this would be a good reference video for most martial artists. It may be somewhat repetitive for those who have studied in a Kenpo school. Having said that, I'd still recommend this video to anyone who wants to learn about or expand their current knowledge of Kenpo.


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