Company: Paladin Press
Tape Name: Hand To Hand Combat For Police Officers
Tape Cost: $14.95
Length of Tape/Time: Approximately 1 hour, 40 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: 12 plus Tactics and Strategy
Return Policy: Refund on damaged or defective tapes only
Experiences in dealing with this company: Fantastic
The Instructor: C.J. Caracci
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: 10
3. Comprehension Score/Immediate Understanding: 9
4. Degree to which this will make someone a better Martial Artist: 8
5. Score on delivery vs hype: 8
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: 8
9. Would I purchase more of this company’s products:9
10. Overall grade based on cost vs. Value: 9

Grand Total: 88% ( Fair = 2 Stars ) Original Grade = 90%

Secondary Grading Criteria:

1. Beginners benefit: Fair
2. Intermediate benefit: Fair
3. Advanced benefit: Fair
4. Time to benefit: Material is geared to policeman who are not martial artists
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Written Summary:

Let me begin by stating this is not a martial arts video in the strict sense of the term. The material definitely comes from martial arts but the presentation on this video is definitely geared for policeman who do not have the time or the inclination to make martial arts a full time study. As a result, some martial artists out there may regard the material as rudimentary and repetitivie. But Mr. Caracci breaks everything down into such detail that it is quite likely that experienced martial artists could benefit from a review of such basics.

The material itself is broken down into lessons. The material on these lessons deal with proper angulation of one’s body relative to an opponent, breaking an opponent’s balance, elbow and knee strikes, open hand strikes, an extensive section on wrist holds, wrist locks, and the counters to these techniques, head butts, and proper handcuffing techniques. Martial artists seldom if ever have to deal with problems encountered by policemen and this video makes the difference crystal clear. How often do martial artists have to handcuff someone in a prone position ?

If you are a policeman, security work, or corrections, then this video is definitely geared for you. Martial artists who do not have much experience with joint locks will also benefit greatly from this video. Experienced martial artists might find the material on wrist manipulations a good review as well.


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