Company: Panther Productions
Name: Hapkido Self Defense Techniques, Volume 1
Tape Cost: listed at $49.95 in catalog
Length of Tape/Time: 56 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: 49
Return Policy: defective merchandise only
Experiences in dealing with this company: very polite and friendly
Instructor: Fariborz Azhakh
Company's Address: Panther Productions, 1010 Calle Negocio, San Clemente, CA. 92673
Company's Phone Number: 800-332-4442
Web Page: Century purchased Panther's entire library

Primary Grading Criteria:

1. Production/Tape Quality: 9
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 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: 90 % ( Fair = 2 Stars ) Original Grade = 90%

Secondary Grading Criteria:

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

Written Summary:

Many years ago, I remember asking an experienced martial artist about the Korean art of Hapkido. He told me that Hapkido was the Korean version of Japanese Jiujitsu. In this video, I can see that he knew what he was talking about. There are 49 self defense techniques shown on this video and they deal with single hand lapel grabs, two handed lapel grabs, inside wrist grabs and outside wrist grabs. The techniques vary in difficulty from very simple to moderately difficult. Anyone who has a stand up jiujitsu background will see many familiar pressure point attacks, takedowns, and escapes. One problem I had with all of the techniques on this video is that Mr. Azhakh never addresses the fact that for any jiujitsu technique to be applied effectively, particularly against a bigger and stronger opponent, all techniques should be preceded by some type of strike or diversion. In all of these techniques, Mr. Azakh applies the technique to a willing uke who never fights back or puts up any resistance. But if you inject strikes and kicks into these techniques, then you could have a pretty decent arsenal for dealing with these kinds of attacks.

This video is a decent buy for the money but experienced martial artists with any jiujitsu background are going to be bored because they will recognize sankyo, shionage, kansetsuwaza, and many other old friends. Mr. Azakh does a fairly good job of explaining the fine points of the techniques such as proper hand placement and the correct use of body biomechanics.

I would recommend this video to beginning and intermediate martial artists of any style and I also recommend this to advanced martial artists in styles that do not teach a great deal of standing grappling or stand up jiujitsu.


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