Company: Paladin Press
Tape Name: Torite Applications
of Tape/Time: Approximately 90 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: 50 techniques
Policy: Refund on damaged or defective tapes only
Experiences in dealing with
this company: Excellent
The Instructor: Rick Moneymaker
PO Box 1307, Boulder, Colorado 80306
Company's Phone Number: 303-443-7250
Primary Grading Criteria:
Production/Tape Quality: 8
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 9
Score/Immediate Understanding: 8
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: 8
7. Wasted Time ( The higher the number, the less "
fluff" /repetition ): 10
8. Playback Score/Watching if over-and-over again:
9. Would I purchase more of this company's products: 10
10. Overall grade
based on cost vs. Value: 9
Grand Total: 87 % ( Fair = 1.75 Stars )
Secondary Grading Criteria:
Beginners benefit: Fair
2. Intermediate benefit: Fair
3. Advanced benefit:
4. Time to benefit: Some material is of immediate benefit, some material requires
serious investment of training time.
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand
this one: None
my three times of watching this video before I could make it through it all. Twice
I literally feel asleep, no joke! Out of 300 videos, I've never had such a problem
getting through a tape. I found the narration very monotone and unexciting. It
reminded me of the elementary classroom teacher in various "Peanuts" cartoons,
who when she talks to the children in class, sounds as if she's saying "Wah,
wah, wah...wah, wah". Let's call that strike one. Next was all this accupressure
mumbo jumbo about "metal cuts wood" and "fire scorches the earth".
None of it made sense, and if it can't be FULLY EXPLAINED on video, why talk about
it and make it the heart of what you're trying to teach. Strike two for these guys.
Next was all the various cute little "completely stunning or disabling"
accupressure strikes. I'm not convinced they'd be quite as effective in the street,
or command such an overly dramatic response as was shown on this video. That's strike
three for this one.
Now for the good stuff. Moneymaker and Muncy do take
the viewer through 50 different techniques. They attempt to be fairly thorough,
just not thorough enough in my opinion. So the quantity of techniques was definitely
there. Also, these guys are very accomplished martial artists. There were a couple
of ungodly lightning fast techniques, that I really liked. These techniques included
strikes to the face and taking away a gun or knife from an opponent. But still this
wasn't enough to salvage the 45 other crappy techniques one has to go through. My
recommendation on this tape? If you're an accupressure fan you might enjoy this
stuff. I'll have to admit that even I have been somewhat curious about this kind
of stuff, but even after checking it out with other so called experts, I'm still
not convinced about its true effectiveness. So what's my verdict on this one? Let's
just say if I'd spent money on it I would've been very disappointed, and leave it
at that. I love the folks at Paladin, and they've consistently turned out some good
videos, but I guess no one can guarantee every single tape they market will be great!
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