Company: Panther Productions
Name: Close Quarter Fighting, Volume 1
Tape Cost: listed at $49.95 in catalog
Length of Tape/Time: 50 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: 34
Return Policy: defective merchandise only
Experiences in dealing with this company: very polite and friendly
Instructor: Jim Webb
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 http://www.centurymartialarts.com/accessories/media
E-Mail: panther@speed.net


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: 8
5. Score on delivery vs hype: 9
6. Degree to which we would recommend this product: 8
7. Wasted Time ( The higher the number, the less “ fluff” /repetition ): 8
8. Playback Score/Watching if over-and-over again: 8
9. Would I purchase more of this company’s products:8
10. Overall grade based on cost vs. Value: 8

Grand Total: 85 %


Secondary Grading Criteria:

1. Beginners benefit: Good
2. Intermediate benefit: Fair
3. Advanced benefit: Fair
4. Time to benefit: Techniques are effective for the street but are very basic
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None


Written Summary:

This tape it the first in a series by Panther Productions featuring Jim Webb teaching Green Beret Hand to Hand Combatives. Most of the techniques on this tape involve dealing with an unarmed attacker although there a few techniques that deal with a machete wielding assailant. Let me say, right up front, that all of us at UFS have tremendous respect for the Green Berets ( as well as the SEAL’s, Rangers, Recon Marines, etc, ) and if we say anything critical of the material on this video, it is not intended in any way to be a slap at the Green Berets or to Mr. Webb who is obviously one tough fighter.

The major problem that I had with the material on this video is that it is almost too simple. Is it effective ? Probably so and also easy to learn. Maybe too easy for most martial artists out there who may like to be physically challenged. Most anyone who has been in combat oriented martial arts will have already seen and practiced versions of most, if not all, of the techniques on this tape. I also have a problem with what I call the uncoordinated klutz attacker. Many of these techniques assume that the attacker will go down after one strike, be it elbow, knee, or punch and that the attacker has no skill, no coordination, and no fighting spirit. Maybe most attackers would go down with these techniques but I would hate to count on that 100% of the time. Mr. Webb may assume too much on the part of the viewer when he simply states to “follow up“ on a technique. I would liked to have seen what the Green Berets call a follow up to a technique because it would probably be lethal and very nasty. I did not like having the follow up techniques left to my imagination. That is what a video is for, to teach things like appropriate follow ups.

Also I felt there were way too many repetitions of the same technique. I really don’t think we need to see the same technique over and over and over again. The production quality of this video was first rate, as it is with all Panther products. Still, valuable tape time was used on too many repetitions that could have been used on more techniques or on demonstrating extensive follow ups to the techniques already shown.

Who is the video for? Well, for starters it is for people who want a few quick no-muss no-fuss self defense techniques. It could also be a good base of street effective material for the beginning martial artist as well. I would not recommend it to anyone who has been in the martial arts for any serious length of time. Most students who’ve been in the martial arts for awhile, should already be familiar with the material shown.


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