Company: Paladin Press
Tape Name: Unarmed And Dangerous, Volume 1
Tape Cost: $29.95
Length of Tape/Time: Approximately 1 hour, 12 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: 4 Basic Moves + 48 variations
Return Policy: Refund on damaged or defective tapes only
Experiences in dealing with this company: Fantastic
The Instructor: James Keating
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 ): 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: 91% ( Good = 2.75 Stars ) Original Grade = 90%

Secondary Grading Criteria:

1. Beginners benefit: Good
2. Intermediate benefit: Good
3. Advanced benefit: Good
4. Time to benefit: Immediate for all viewers martial artists will probably be review
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Written Summary:

This video is geared toward a very specific target, namely the disarming of an attacker who attacks you with a short weapon ( knife, pistol, short stick ). This is another video from Paladin that is long on practicality and short on martial arts mumbo jumbo. This is the first video I have seen featuring Mr. Keating and I was impressed with Mr. Keating’s command of the martial skills shown on this tape. We are shown a few basic techniques that can be used against short weapons which does not sound that impressive BUT the variations off of these techniques were many ( I counted 48 ). Also, the basic techniques were not complicated and could probably be pulled off most of the time assuming diligent practice on the part of the viewer. Since the video is targeted toward actually disarming the attacker rather than terminating him, one must realize that the number of techniques available to do this are somewhat limited. While I have seen techniques that I would prefer to use over these shown by Mr. Keating, the techniques I am referring to did not involve a disarm. In other words, if you must actually disarm the weapon, then the moves shown by Mr. Keating are effective and appropriate.

Mr. Keating covers some basic disarming concepts such as emptying out, clearing the line of fire (vs a pistol), monitoring the the thumb, best ways to grasp a pistol, disarms vs a two handed pistol grip, and a myriad of other topics.

This video is intended for a very specific audience. Anyone who may be in a situation where the weapon must be extracted from the attacker will find the information on this video very useful. The techniques will work I believe, but be prepared to invest some serious training time to pull them off for real. I emphasize, very much, that some serious training time must be invested in these techniques. As will all disarming techniques, there is very little room for error.


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