Company: Paladin Press
Tape Name: Russian Sambo Wrestling Volume 2. Punishing Locks, Chokes & Advanced Submission Holds
Tape Cost: $39.95 or $65.00 for Volume 1 & 2.
Length of Tape: 90 minutes approx.
Number of Moves/Techniques: 40+
Return Policy: Video’s are non returnable. Defective tapes will be replaced.
Experiences in dealing with this company: Excellent
The Instructor: Nicholas Starks
Company’s Address: Paladin Press P.O. Box 1307 Boulder, CO 80306
Company’s Phone Number: 1-800-392-2400
Web Page:

Primary Grading Criteria:

1. Production/Tape Quality: 10
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 9
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 it over and over again: 9
9. Would I purchase more of this company’s product: 10
10. Overall grade based on cost vs. Value: 9

Grand Total: 92% (Good = 3 stars)

Secondary Grading Criteria:

1. Beginners benefit: Very Good
2. Intermediate benefit: Very Good
3. Advanced benefit: Good
4. Time to benefit: Some Immediate, greatest benefit with practice
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this none: None

Written Summary:

This is the 2nd video tape on Russian Sambo Wrestling by Nicholas Starks. On this video Mr. Starks really shows some unique techniques that many people will not be familiar with. Although this video tape scored the same as his 1st video on Russian Sambo Wrestling I personally liked this
video better than his first tape because the material presented was so different. After watching this tape the next time you grapple with your partner you may be able to surprise him with a few different moves that he won't expect.

On the negative side I also felt that a few of the techniques would be hard to execute on a moving and resisting opponent. Most of the techniques were workable, especially with some practise, but a few let me saying, "There is NO way that will work on anyone that has even a small amount of grappling know how" Overall this tape would be good for someone who is looking for different material but doesn't want to spend alot of money doing it.

Here is some of what I saw on this video:

1. Triangle Arm Lock with Choke
2. Reverse Calf Squeeze
3. Heel Twist
4. Calf & Heel Submission
5. Passing the Guard into a Knee Bar
6. Elevator Counter to Leg Submission/with Calf Squeeze
7. Key Lock on Foot
8. Rolling Knee Bar from Quarter Position
9. Rolling Achilles Tendon from Quarter Position
10. Spin Around Knee Bar
11. Hammer Lock with Arm & Wristlock
12. Hammer Lock Guilliotine Choke
13. Scissor Choke
14. 69 Choke
15. 69 Shoulder Break
16. Rolling Knee Lock from Guard
17. Counter to the Above
18. Counter to the Counter (above)
19. Counter to the Mount
20. Neck Crank with Pain Compliance
21. Hammer Lock Ninja Roll
22. Rolling Knee Bar with Ankle Lock
23. Knee Bar Variation using Barrell Roll
24. Falling Arm Bar (very cool!)
25. Variation of a Choke from Quarter Position (3 sub-techniques)
26. Leg Grapevine falling into a Calf Squeeze
27. Catch Position/Shin Choke (my personal favorite!)
28. Around the World (unlocks arm bar block)
29. Variation of the Short Arm Bar/Wrist Lock
30. Smothering Technique


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