Company: Paladin Press
Tape Name: Practical Knife Fighting For Personal Protection, Volume 1
Tape Cost: $29.95
Length of Tape/Time: Approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: Too numerous to count
Return Policy: Refund on damaged or defective tapes only
Experiences in dealing with this company: Fantastic
The Instructor: Kelly Worden
Company’s Address: PO Box 1307, Boulder, Colorado, 80306
Company’s Phone Number: 800-392-2400
Web Page:

Primary Grading Criteria:

1. Production/Tape Quality: 9
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 9
3. Comprehension Score/Immediate Understanding: 10
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 ): 10
8. Playback Score/Watching if over-and-over again: 9
9. Would I purchase more of this company’s products:10
10. Overall grade based on cost vs. Value: 10

Grand Total: 94 %

Secondary Grading Criteria:

1. Beginners benefit: Excellent
2. Intermediate benefit: Very Good
3. Advanced benefit: Good
4. Time to benefit: Beginners to Intermediate will get most benefit. More advanced
martial artists will probably be review
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Written Summary:

The material on this tape is fundamentally sound and taught by an instructor, Kelly Worden, who has a solid understanding of how to use a knife and more also how to teach via the video medium. The material on this video is drawn primarily from the filipino martial arts and is geared primarily toward those viewers with minimal exposure or training in the filipino arts. Those martial artists who have filipino ma backgrounds will already be familiar most of the material on this video. This is a practical tape, just as the title suggest. There isn’t a lot of fancy or “pretty “ techniques shown but instead the viewer is shown a good deal of basic training in knife fighting.

After a brief introductory segment on knife training courtesy, the viewer is shown material on angles of attack. As Mr. Worden says “ Think angles. Not techniques “. We are shown figure eight knife slashes ( horizontal, vertical, and diagonal ), various slash and thrust patterns and introduced to the fundamental concept of “ defanging the snake “. Stance emptying, grips, footwork, counters, and follow ups are also covered on this video as well. The tape ends with Mr. Worden defending himself in various scenarios.

If you want a good basic video on the fundamentals of knife fighting, then this is a good video to purchase. If you want more advanced knowledge, check out Mr Worden’s Combat Blade, Progressive Lines from Natural Spirit OR the second volume in this video series by Paladin (Practical Knife Fighting For Personal Protection, Volume 2).

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