Company: Century
Tape Name: Bar Fight Self Defense - Vol. 1: Weapon Attacks
Tape Cost: $29.95
Length of Tape/Time: 60 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: numerous
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:

Primary Grading Criteria:

1. Production/Tape Quality: 10
2. Instructors demonstrated skll level: 10
3. Comprehension Score/Immediate Understanding: 10
4. Degree to which this will make someone a better Martial Artist: 10
5. Score on delivery vs hype: 10
6. Degree to which we would recommend this product: 10
7. Wasted Time ( The higher the number,the less &qu10t; fluff" /repetition ): 10
8. Playback Score/Watching it over-and-over again: 10
9. Would I purchase more of this company's products: 10
10. Overall grade based on cost vs. value: 10

Grand Total: 100% (Excellent = 5.0 Stars)

Secondary Grading Criteria:

1. Beginners benefit: Excellent
2. Intermediate benefit: Excellent
3. Advanced benefit: Excellent
4. Time to benefit: A few days
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Written Summary:

With this video Scott Rogers once again solidified his # 5 spot on my "Top 10 Favorite Martial Arts Video Instructors" list. Not only did I feel everything he showed was simple and effective, but this tape perfectly compliments his other 2 videos reviewed here. Rogers emphasizes principles over techniques, stating that knowing just a few techniques is enough, because principles make the next technique for any given situation obvious (can I get an amen on that?). I felt each of his 3 tapes reviewed here intertwine to create a solid foundation of self defense essentials everyone should own.

I found Century's description of this videos content to be only partialy accurate, as it stated: "Scott Rogers will explain, demonstrate and drill methods to enhance awareness and successfully train in these special defense techniques against various weapons of opportunity such as bottles, chairs, knives, pool cues and handguns." This video, in my assessment, offered alot more than this modest description! Specifically, I was surprised and found great value in Rogers brief instruction on how to use a pool cue as an offensive weapon. Rogers covered this quickly yet made it simple, touching upon concepts and techniques that many who have trained with a "Bo" will likely recognize.

The video starts with Rogers going through what he calls "Basic Strikes". These include: Palm Heel, Elbow, Forearm Strike, Knifehand/Chop, Finger Tip Strike, Knee, Front Kick, Side Kick (emphasis on knees as target area). His summary of these strikes includes the obvious targets for each and he touches upon combinations of them.

These videos of Rogers we've seen so far are taught from a self defense perspective. Meaning, strikes and techniques one can learn to be effective with quickly, without spending years training at. Coming from that train-of-thought, Rogers made a strong emphasis that kicks should be used sparringly, stating "its easy on one leg to loose balance...and you loose mobility while on one leg". Of course highly skilled kickers would likely debate this, but for the intended audience, and their likely skill level, this comment seemed appropriate.

The next section on "Pool Cues" I felt had alot of value for the likely targeted viewer. Rogers goes through angles of attack, offline stepping, trapping the weapon then striking, and how to disarm the weapon and then use it against your attacker. Although the Pool Cue was the weapon mentioned, it was easy to understand that the offensive-and-defensive concepts and techniques taught in this section could be applied to any long stick. Great stuff!

Next, Rogers goes into defending yourself against a knife, specifically: the stab, slash, overhead strike, held to throat. After this he goes into defense against a beer bottle, emphasizing practicing what's shown with a plastic water bottle would be best. Throughout all this Rogers makes sure the techniques he teaches overlap and compliment those shown on previous tapes. Rogers goes into other great ideas such as: using the bottom of a chair as a shield, how to use objects in your environment as weapons...and how to direct your attackers head into them (wall, etc). I also liked how in numerous situations throughout this video Rogers uses neck manipulations on his attacker.

Last, Rogers goes into handgun defense, showing simple and effective ways to deal with these. He covers nearly all the angles: front of the head, upper chest, low stomach, side with your arm in front, side with your arm in back, back of head, mid back, low back. During this Rogers shows how to secure the wrist and twist it to the side, then another variation using the trigger guard to do a finger lock, and another wrist twist that goes towards the attackers body. We are also shown the somewhat fancy double wrist slap, on back of attackers hand on one side, and inner wrist on the other, sending the gun flying several feet away.

My assessment, this is a must have series for anyone wanting to learn self defense, or for any instructor who is wanting to add a simple yet thorough self defense system to his present curriculum.


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