Tape Name: Bar Fight Self Defense - Vol. 2: Open Hand Attacks
Tape Cost: $29.95
Length of Tape/Time: 48 minutes (varies)
Number of Moves/Techniques: about 30
Return Policy: Defective only, no satisfaction guarantee
Experiences in dealing with this company: Great
The Instructor: Scott Rogers
Company's Address: 1000 Century Blvd, Midwest, OK, 73110
Company's Phone Number: 1-800-626-2787
Web Page: http://www.centurymartialarts.com/accessories/media
Primary Grading Criteria:
1. Production/Tape Quality: 10
2. Instructors demonstrated skll level: 10
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: 10
6. Degree to which we would recommend this product: 9
7. Wasted Time ( The higher the number,the less " fluff" /repetition ): 10
8. Playback Score/Watching it over-and-over again: 9
9. Would I purchase more of this company's products: 10
10. Overall grade based on cost vs. value: 10
Grand Total: 96% (Excellent = 4.5 Stars)
Secondary Grading Criteria:
1. Beginners benefit: Excellent
2. Intermediate benefit: Excellent
3. Advanced benefit: Very Good
4. Time to benefit: A few days
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None
I'd been keeping my eyes open for some more Scott Rogers Self-Defense related material, especially after his title "12 Shots to Escape any Street Fight" got a 100% score here! Well sure enough Century and Mr. Roger's both delivered, and did so while maintaining the quality and concepts that made me enjoy the previous title so much!
Here's a cut-and-pasted description of this dvd from the Century website: "Features close up quarters situations found in many bars and restaurants. Train to defend against one attacker and multiple attackers. This program focuses on hitting an opponents key target areas in order to finish the fight fast! Rogers will explain, demonstrate and drill methods to enhance awareness and successfully train in these special defense techniques."
Like the previous Century dvd of Rogers, this one has a nice menu that allows you to jump to specific sections. Here are those sections:
Hook Punch Defense
Rear Choke Defense
Straight Punch Defense
Defense Against the Mount
Likes: Once again Rogers keeps his techniques simple. He tries to make sure many of the techniques shown overlap so they can be used in a variety of situations. That type of concept, from a self defense standpoint, I'm a huge fan of! People who are simply interested in self defense don't need to be shown 100 different responses to 100 different attacks. My opinion, the less thinking about what technique to use, the better! This type of "minimal number of techniques you need to know" approach was similar to his previous dvd. Next, Rogers shows a small handful of ways to easily manuver an opponents body. This I found to be something not often covered in self-defense type training, and a huge bonus. Rogers throughout this dvd covers variations on his own techniques, addressing "what if things don't go as planned". I found the various drills he showed throughout this dvd, and the walk-thru-mock-scenarios to be excellent. Yet the most impressive thing on this dvd were his techniques and drills for dealing with multiple attackers! I felt that his multiple attacker scenarios and drills, both of which would certainly breath life into most any stale dojo training, by themself made this a "must have" dvd.
Recommendation: This dvd and Rogers previous ("12 Shots...") completely encompass the type of material I personally feel beginning students need to be taught the second they walk into any school. I would classify this as a near-perfect-video and most certainly a "must have" companion to Scott Rogers "12 Shots to Escape any Street Fight"!
After-thoughts: The key of course to making anything on video "work" isn't just owning it, one has to either have a training partner to practice it, or environment (school). Additionally, I feel making meticulous notes, and a scheduled periodic plan to practice the material, is key to retaining-and-maintaining it, as is typically the case with many videos. A closing question I hope is beneficial for readers. How many of you have videos you think are great, but you don't really have a periodic schedule (and/or partner) to make sure you "maintain" the material shown on them? If you don't, I strongly suggest you sitdown, make yourself a list of your favorite videos, and a schedule of when-and-how-often to go back through and practice the material on them!
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