Rumors, Conspiracy Theories, and General B.S.!
The past few months here at MAVR
have been one heck of a ride! We reviewed Peterson, Clugston, LaTourrette, Dill,
and not only did they each earn low scores on our grading scale, but along with those
reviews various opinions about us surfaced all over the internet! And just so everyone
knows, I, nor any of us at MAVR, personally have anything against these guys! Yet
theories keep surfacing that imply we do. Was Peterson uncooperative in my opinion
in regards to voluntarily partipating in our reviews(supplying tapes to us)? Yes.
Numerous emails sent to SCARS went unanswered for over a year! Good thing I wasn't
a customer! Were those unanswered emails a basis for us giving them a low grade on
our reviews? No. Heck, I even personally contacted Tim Larkin of SCARS and told him
I would let a different reviewer grade other tapes of his if he wanted to send some.
How much fairer can we be? Most of the time we go out of our way to work with various
video instructors. The thing many video instructors fail to see is that there have
been countless people we've done reviews on that were uncooperative and didn't send
tapes, yet quite a few of them got good reviews. So sending, or not sending tapes,
has nothing to do with whether or not someone gets a good review!
no hidden agendas or reasons for giving certain people bad reviews. We simply call
them as we see them. It's that simple! Maybe some of you don't agree with our opinion
about certain videos, that's fine. We simply offer our assesment. Some people seem
to take what we do way too seriously! I guess it's because:
1. Some video
instructors make a darn good living at it.
2. Our review hurts their egos, and
their fans, due to time and money they've invested.
3. Some video instructors
are worried about the financial repurcussions of a bad review.
Yet a review
source such as ours is much needed! The magazines are loaded each month with countless
ads saying: "Buy my tapes, they're the best ones". Yet 95% of these same
people won't offer a refund policy. How's a person to know what's a good buy and
what isn't? Should we all go take out a $60,000 to $90,000 loan to buy every tape
on the market so we each can figure out?
Personally, I think certain video
instructors would rather us, and our reviews, just quietly go away and disappear.
We probably keep them up late at night. Well, maybe that's not such a bad thing!
The claims some make, which is a basis for people buying their tapes, might cause
someone to lose their life someday if they're wrong. Yet to me it seems the millions
per year a couple of them put in their pocket, makes it easy for them to overlook
Everyone needs to understand one basic concept, which seems
to be the basis for everyone ordering all these different fighting systems. There
is no 100% unbeatable fighting system, just like there is no "one human being"
on the planet that's consistently unbeatable. If there was an unbeatable fighting
system, the Navy certainly wouldn't have phased out the fighting system they were
using. Maybe we need to take Vunak, Shaw, Clugston, Peterson, the Gracies, and others
who have in the past implied they were unbeatable, throw them all in a room, lock
the door, and check back in 10 minutes to see who's left standing? Will that tell
us? Personally I don't think so. Every individual has peaks and valleys in their
training, people will age, and one day be past their "prime". So how will
we ever know? I don't think we will! People for years thought the Gracie's were unbeatable,
and now look at things! Let me give you my favorite quote about this sort of topic:
"There are no superior martial arts, only superior martial artists". The
ongoing discussion of whose got the best system, and whose tapes are the best, will
probably go on til the end of time. I'm coming up on my 20th yr in the martial arts,
and if there's one thing I've learned it's this: "The fighting system that works
for you, might not work for someone else" Actually that sounds alot like the
quote from above, doesn't it?
As Chuck Norris said in one of his books, regarding
someone evaluating various martial arts:
" a person should take stock
of his or her physical condition and limitations. A person who is short and powerfully
built with a low center of gravity would do well to investigate judo. Males or females
who are already limber or want to become more flexible might find one of the Korean
styles - such as taekwondo or hapkido - of interest. Someone with fast hands and
good coordination who is not adverse to a hard workout should look into Japanese
karate styles, such as gojo-ryu or shotokan karate. A slightly built person who is
not very strong may find jujitsu or aikido appealing because these styles turn an
opponent's strength against him. An older person would do well to consider tai chi,
one of the most ancient of the martial arts, which is still practiced daily by millions
of elderly people in China."
Let me give you another personal example.
I personally know some 3rd and 4th degree TKD'ers here in the Texas area that are
truly "world class". There aren't many TKD'ers I've met that I would say
that about, but those 3, out of hundreds I've sparred with, I would. And just so
everyone knows, TKD was an art I practiced for years and I was quite good at, and
I could hold my own against quite a few black belts. I went years putting off my
black belt test and was known as a "career brown belt", meaning a person
that was way past the time they should've tested for black. OK, the point I'm making
here is this, these 3 guys I'm thinking of were full-contact and tournament sparring
champions in our state. Probably partly because they'd pretty much done TKD since
birth. They had a sense of timing that was almost "inhuman", and they could
literally hit most anyone before they saw it coming, really! I would bet that 99.9%
of the public wouldn't stand a chance against these guys. They could seriously land
some shots when the wanted too. You could start to move a pinky, one inch, and these
guys would have already nailed you. It was as if they knew what technique you were
going to throw, before you did, and I'm not talking about telegraphing ones technique
Now, some people say grappling is the ultimate art. I agree that
in some situations it can be. But I will say this, these 3 TKD guys, with their ability
to hit almost anyone before they see it coming, combined with an uncanny (world class)
sense of timing, would probably destroy many grapplers out there. Does that make
TKD a superior art? No! It certainly makes it superior for those 3 guys, but there
are tons of TKD'ers, that no matter how long they train, will never be able to contend
with those 3. But hey, there may be some world class grapplers that could give them
a hard time, I haven't personally seen them. However they would have to have an even
more ungodly sense of timing, than those 3 have, but hey, someone might have it!
So by now I'm sure all the people who started this controversy about us are
thinking I have a preference for TKD'ers. Actually I don't! I quit that art years
ago. For me, it was destroying my body, and wasn't the right art for me, no matter
how hard I tried. And just so everyone knows why I feel I can say that, I wasn't
a "wash out" that never amounted to anything and gave up. I had a unbelievably
fast side kick, an even more ungodly backfist, that most blackbelts (except for the
"3") couldn't see coming. While I was a blue belt, I was able to take (3)
one inch pine boards, put them behind each other, have someone hold them head high,
and EASILY break them with a side kick. At brown belt level, which I stayed at for
years, my kicks got extremely fast and even more powerful. At my peak as a brown
belt, if someone had held 4 or 5 boards, I have no doubt I could've easily gone through
them. So do I favor TKD? No! Do I love it? No! Working to develop that much speed
and power, as an adult, messed up my body. Unlike some schools (ATA) that have a
person do a couple dozen kicks per class and that's it, I was doing hundreds of kicks
each day. Do I hate TKD for that, no, do i love it, no, but I do have an appreciation
for people who are good at it. So does TKD mess up everyone? No! Could it mess up
some, especially adults, who do hundreds of kicks, day after day, just so they can
be contenders? I think so. Even with all that said, I'm actually rather indifferent
right now in my view of TKD. For some people, especially adults who start late in
life, they'll never get close to giving any of the "3" a run for their
money, and REALLY trying too could mess up their bodies. But for some adults, they
won't have any problems, and it's the art for them!
So what happend to me?
I ended up changing to Kenpo. I liked the speed of my backfist, I wanted to make
it and my other hand techniques even faster. Along the way I decided to combine my
hand speed with Jujitsu (grappling), and now I feel that the combination of the 2
have helped me arrive at a unique "fighting style" I feel very comfortable
with. But is that the one I'd recommend for everyone? No. Each person, in my opinion,
who is really committed to the MA, needs to constantly search and find the "right
art", or what they feel works best for them. Just because something works for
one's teacher, doesn't mean it will work well for their student, or be good for their
body. So what do I personally practice now? Anything that I feel will work for me!
I still use my backfist (favorite weapon) and I've incorporated in my own training:
uppercuts and hooks (many TKD styles don't teach these), all other punches, open
hand techniques, blocks (most hard style blocks I probably wouldn't really use, but
I believe they help me maintain hand speed), knees, elbows, low line kicks (which
are easier on my back), grappling, and street fighting techniques/defenses.
so where is all this going now that you have my life history and opinions on things?
Right back to the main topic of Rumors, Conspiracy Theories, and BS.
no preference for certain arts, therefore it doesn't effect how I grade certain tapes.
I've got a 3rd in Kenpo, a 2nd in Jujitsu, brown in TKD, and now do you want to hear
something even more surprising? I just joined a health club that teaches Shaolin
Kung Fu, and due to the membership level I joined at, classes are free. So does that
mean I might try that. Probably! Why not? I'm not prejudiced. I'm very open minded
and alot different than many people think. Everyone on these forums tries to guess
about me, and figure out who I am and what I'm about. Well if that's what floats
your boat, keep guessing, you'll be doing it for a long time! You can try to make
me sound as complicated as you want, but really I'm 1000x simplier than that. I'm
a very opened minded individual, and unlike many black belts in this area that I
know, who would never think about taking another art and having to put on a white
belt again, that doesn't bother me. I really don't have an ego! Why not? Because
I think it gets in the way of ones training. I'm not going to allow my ego, or the
ranks I hold, to preclude me from an opportunity to possibly learn more stuff. Well
why's that? Because I'm on a never ending quest to find out what personally works
for me! And anyone that truly feels that they are on such a quest, can't honestly
be on one, (IMHO), if they are close minded and allow their egos or preconceived
notions to get in the way.
Back to the review business, we don't claim to
be "the final authority" everyone should look up too for all the answers,
and we don't claim to know everything. And should you ever hear someone say "they
know everything", or imply they do, run. There are probably thousands of fighting
systems out there, and no one has enough time in their life to thoroughly study or
get to know them all. All we are here at MAVR are several martial artists, that have
been involved in numerous arts, had real life experiences, and based on that, we
pop in a tape and grade it. That's it, that's how simple all this is, REALLY!
of the common things I keep reading on various message boards is: "We'll who
are these guys, what's their experience, and why don't they give their names?"
These are common things certain people seem to say so they can re-route what's said
about their videos and try to bring the focus back on us. Rather a silly thing to
do if you ask me.
So let's look at some of those things.
Does a person
really need to be a master in every martial art to pop in a tape and tell if they
concepts look sound or not? Yet this is what some postings on the internet about
us seem to imply? If you're a somewhat advanced martial artist, and someone shows
you a knife defense technique that you feel has an unusally high risk of getting
a person cut, that you wouldn't even want to try using, what rank, or level of real
life experience, does it require for you to make an assesment that you wouldn't use
But just so our critics have a small glimpse of what I've been through,
here's a few questions for them. How many of you have actually faced an assilant
who had a knife? I have, in high school, for not giving a black guy my lunch money,
I ended up getting cut over it, and the outcome could've been a lot worse. Whose
been face down on the ground beaten with baseball bats and ax handles, by 4 guys
at once, not knowing if you're going to make it? I have, at a back road illegal late
night "street racing" party one friday night while still in high school,
why, for looking at another guys girl. Whose ever gone to a concert, and after parking
your car a mile away in the cheap parking, gets rolled by a bunch of black guys wanting
your money? I did, while in high school again, me and my friend took one heck of
a beating. Whose ever walked into their house when a burgular was in it? I have,
I opened the door, there he was, I slammed the door, and ran to a neighbors, why
wait to see if he had a gun, I didn't have one. Whose ever faced an assailant with
a knife, twice in their life? I have, 14 yrs ago while in college, at a fraternity
party, a visitor that became unruly, he pulled out a knife, I used my MA training,
trapped the knife hand, and ended up beating the guy so bad that the cops were looking
for me the next day. Whose ever worked as a security guard and actually had to apprehend
people? I did, while in college, I was a security guard for 3 yrs. Whose ever been
in the rocky mountains, walking down the side of a stream at night, only to have
what you thought was a log in the water stand up, within 5 feet of you, growl, then
realize it was a bear that could've ripped your heart out? I have, and still have
the scar from a 4 foot barbed wire fence I jumped over to get away from him. Whose
ever been in a motorcycle wreck that should've by all rights killed them? I have.
Whose been in a car, and hit a concrete pillar head on, under a bridge at 50+ mph?
I have, on Central Expressway in Dallas, I fell asleep at the wheel because while
in High School I had a job that lasted until 3AM in the morning, and still had to
get up each day at 6AM to make it across town for class. Whose got countless other
stories of fights and horrible hard luck things they've been through? I do! So what
"real life experiences" do you really want to know about Mr. Clugston?
And what exactly meets your requirements to make someo
ne qualified enough to review your material? Do we all need to have been officially
trained by Harena masters (Roman gladiators) to decide whether or not your stuff
will work for us? Were you trained by a Harena master? If so, I'd like to meet a
modern day Harena master, PLEASE! Can you provide documentation that chronologically
shows each masters lineage, all the way back to Roman times? Or is this Harena stuff
something you stumbled across and said: "Hmm, no one else is claiming to teach
their stuff, and no one can dispute it, so I'll assume the role of Harena expert."
And if you were trained by a Harena master (LOL), just what weapons did the Harena
face? Did you learn your firearm disarms from them? Enough poking fun at the Clug!
The point I'm making is this, if people want to say I don't have any real life experiences,
or my reviewers don't, go right ahead and do so. Mr. Clugston you've got no idea
about the ignorance and arrogance of those assumptions!
As for our names,
if someone really wanted to figure out who a couple of us are, it's really not that
hard. A couple of us post on several forums with our real names. Our preference though,
is to remain anonymous. There are many reasons for that.
One video instructor,
on a forum, made it sound like he'd like to have our addresses and phone numbers.
Why? So he, or some other guy who flips out over our review can post it on their
forum when we hurt their feelings with a bad review. What if someone got pissed about
our review, posted our names, addresses, and phone numbers, and encouraged all their
fans to bug and pester us? Is that fair to us? Do you really think Siskel and Ebert
give out their personal addresses and phone numbers to everyone, and say call us
Everyone needs to realize a couple of things:
1. Many martial
artists have egos. Part of this I feel is due to the many years they've spent and
sacrificed in their training.
2. Many seem to have huge tempers, due to the
things they say to, and about us, that they can't seem to control. Again I feel part
of this due to the personal investment of time and money they made in their art.
Many are quite skilled.
We have, believe it or not, received death threats
from unreturnable email addresses. I suspected, when I started the reviews, that
with egos, tempers, and skilled martial arts instructors, providing our real identities
could be a problem. Thank God, I foresaw this possibility and decided not too.
are some really sick people out there, and unfortunately some of them are martial
artists. Now whether or not these people who have made threats are video instructors,
or fans, or are serious, who knows? But to put things in perspective, about our reasons
for our anonymity, when was the last time you heard of Siskel or Ebert getting a
death threat, due to a movie review they did? I never heard of them getting one.
And they probably never did.
But we're dealing with a totally different crowd
than them, and the rules need to be different for the sake of ourselves and our families.
Our reviews are bound to piss some folks off. Especially certain fans and
video instructors. If our reviews don't piss some folks off, then we're not doing
our job. I guess if we said everyone's videos were great, especially the Peterson's,
LaTourrettes, Dills, and Clugstons of the world, everyone would love us. Personally,
I wouldn't feel comfortable if everyone loved us. That would mean we were doing something
very wrong. Instead of grading tapes, we'd be no better than Black Belt Magazine,
we'd be advertising tapes.
The problem is this, combine egos, tempers, skilled
martial artists, and rubbing someone the wrong way via a review, and that for some
reasons seems to create hostility. How would the rest of you handle it, especially
if you had families, and knew if you were to remain honest to yourself, you had to
outright say on certain videos they sucked? Would you give out your personal address
and phone number to everyone? Anonymity seems to be the easiest route. Some of us
are older, have had numerous years of various martial artists, and aren't looking
forward to stepping out in our yards a couple times per week, with death matches
waiting. And although I'm somewhat kidding about the death matches, I hope you can
understand where I'm coming from. Certain people really do seem to get VERY pissed
off when an art they've spent alot of time training in gets a bad review.
don't want some sicko tracking me or my reviewers down, as various emails we receive
imply. There are ALOT more sickos out there than many of you realize, our reviews
for some reason seem to attract them like a magnet, piss many of them off, and they
feel they must reply and retaliate. Can you believe that happens just because someone
voices their opinon? Wow, I didn't know we were thought of so highly that people
felt they had to send death threats?
All we're trying to do is give the public
additional information on which they can base their buying decisions. We don't claim
to be the know-it-alls like some video instructors do. We're simply martial artists,
usually very advanced in several arts, that like you, should be able to pop in a
tape and rather quickly decide whether or not a tape is good. Again, we simply offer
our opinion, take it or leave it.
Next, we've been invited by a couple of
video instructors to come visit them in person, to see what they're about? So why
don't we go visit some of these people? Well, there's numerous reasons for that,
but I'll tell you the main one, because we grade tapes, we're not here to do reviews
on in-person seminars/camps, etc. The thing many video instructors don't get is that
many of their ads imply all one needs to kick ass is their tapes. So, we grade tapes!
If having to see these people in person is what it takes to effectively use their
systems/techniques, then I think they really need to re-evaluate what they say a
person can accomplish just by buying their tapes! Some video instructors might really
be great in-person, but I bet 90% of tape buyers don't go see the instructors in
person that they buy tapes from.
The next accusation that has been made is
that all we're about is getting free tapes. Free tapes is not what we're about! We've
received, and reviewed, tapes on "Martial Arts for Paraplegics", "Rape
Awareness", and other topics, arts and systems, that some of our reviewers personally
have no interest in studying or learning. A rape tape isn't something I'd go out
and buy, and neither is a paraplegic tape. I have little use for those type of tapes,
but since the rest of the public might, we review them anyway. Our moto is that we'll
review any tape received in which our reviewers feel they can can make an assesment.
Up to now, we've left out reviews of things like "dim mak", "tai-chi",
"various chinese arts", and some other internal arts. But soon, you'll
very likely see us reviewing those. I'm actively working on lining us up reviewers
for that stuff. And why would I do that? Because I want our website to be a complete
review site for ALL martial arts videos, no matter what my personal preference is,
or the preference of our other reviewers. Ask yourselves this, "Why in the world
would I review stuff I have no interest in if all I, or we, were about was free tapes?"
If that's all I was interested in, then the only thing you guy might see reviews
on is grappling. I'd leave out Shotokan, Goju-Shorei, Kung Fu San Soo, Silat, Pananandata,
Wing Chun, JKD, and tons of other things that I personally have no interest in. But
have we left those out? NO, we reviewed each and every one.
No one, I repeat
NO ONE, is really doing what we are. The magazines haven't really done it because
it conflicts with advertising interests. And out of a couple of people that are doing
reviews, they aren't doing them to the extent we are. Unlike some video instructors,
I can take it when you guys say you don't like me, our reviewers opinions, or MAVR.
The thing that bothers me are the assinine conspiracy theories video instructors
and fans conjure up, to defend themselves, when they don't like our reviews. If people
want to say our opinion is wrong, they can go right ahead, but why come up with these
BS theories as to why we do this?
As I mentioned before, unlike some video
instructors, I don't have an ego, and I really don't care if people like me or MAVR.
We simply offer our opinion, take it or leave it. As these reviews come out, there
are going to be a few egos bruised. Hey, I'm sorry but we can't help that. It's bound
to happen, especially in the martial arts world with egos as big as they are. I can
understand these egos getting hurt, especially when certain video instructors put
out huge ads in magazines implying their system is the one to put all others to shame.
Unlike what some people say about us, and what some video instructors imply about
themselves, we don't claim to be know-it-alls. Heck, if certain video instructors
want to go around saying their system is "the system" to put all others
to shame, that's fine. But doesn't someone have the right to evaluate that? And if
so, who should it be, one of their people?
Back to us wanting free tapes.
Currently I have over 400 tapes that I've received. I could never in a 1000 years
really go through, study and practice what's shown on each, nor implement in my own
training what each offers. Maybe someone could! Quite frankly, I'm running out of
room to store all these tapes. Heck, I'm seriously thinking about throwing away,
or giving away some of them. Since I'm the one that gets all the tapes from various
companies, I'll probably end up giving some of them to my reviewers, just for having
the gonads to do this and put up with the abuse that comes with it. Who in the world
needs 400+ tapes? 100 to 200 is plenty for me, and probably that number is a little
high. Yet each week more tapes keep showing up. Last week 25 new ones showed up.
So this BS some video instructors say about us wanting free tapes is exactly that,
it's BS. I already have more tapes than I'll ever need, and if free tapes was all
we were about, I would of quit the reviews about 6 months ago when I had about 250
tapes. Yet we keep forging ahead, and doing reviews, even while having to put up
with unfounded accusations.
The thing people don't understand is that for
us, this really is a labor of love. Watching a video, making an outline and notes,
writing a rough draft, revising it countless times, and getting to the final draft,
for each review, takes hours. Sometimes 3-5 hrs per tape. I don't know what most
people's time is worth, but I know several of our reviewers make at least $20/hr.
Multiply that times a 3-5 hr review, and that's $60-$100 of our time put into each
of these reviews. And I haven't even mentioned the $100 each month I've personally
spent sending tapes to our reviewers. See, all the tapes come in to me, and then
I ship them out to our reviewers. Actually, one thing that has been said about us,
JUST ONE, is right. I am looking at ways I can recoup the $100 a month I'm spending
on shipping tapes to my reviewers. And why shouldn't I? But I will tell you this,
I will think twice before I do something that puts us in a bind or compromises our
ability to due an objective review. Very soon, we'll be announcing something in this
regard. Anyway, it would be easier on my time, and the same money for me to buy tapes,
if that's all we wanted. I could save hours I spend each night answering emails,
and take the $100 a month I'm spending on postage, and each month buy Panthers 6
tapes for $99, versus doing these reviews to get tapes. I personally, everynight,
am on the computer 2-4 hrs. That time is spent answering dozens of emails each day,
about which tapes would we recommend on _______, or which system is the best one,
etc., etc., etc. Rarely do I go to bed before midnight. People have it all WRONG,
really! Free tapes isn't enough of a payment to do all this and put up with the criticism.
We really do it to help the martial arts community, by at least providing ONE SOURCE
of unbiased information people can refer to before making their buying decisions.
And why do we do this? Because we ourselves have been burned, dozens of times, reading
full page ads in magazines, purchasing tapes only to find out they weren't anywhere
close to providing what the ads said they would, and then being stuck with them because
95% of the industry offers NO REFUNDS. That folks, is really the main reason we do
this. If it was free tapes, as said before, I would of personally stopped this months
ago when I hit about 250 tapes, just so I could get to sleep before midnight each
night. Free tapes doesn't pay for our professional time spent doing the reviews,
time away from training, time away from our families, or for our personal time that
we could be spending relaxing and doing something else more fun. Many of the tapes
we've reviewed have really been a "chore" to do. Some are slow, and the
content so confusing, that it makes watching them and doing a review A REAL JOB.
So if people want to continue conjuring up dillusional conspiracy theories about
us, I guess they can, but the free tape theory is BS. We do it because no one else
has and the MA community desperately needs it.
Next, it seems some companies
say they are offended about working with us due to our request for free tapes. We'll
I'll address that one too.
The main reason we ask individuals and companies
to donate tapes is because we can't afford to buy EVERY SINGLE TAPE on the market.
It's been estimated that over 2000 MA instructional videos are on the market. One
very big company told me they think the actual number is closer to 3000.
the average tape costs $30, then that would mean a person would have to come up with
$60,000 to $90,000 of their own money, just to do a comprehensive set of reviews
of all tapes for the public. I don't know about the rest of you, but I don't ever
see that happening. Personally, I don't feel anyone would spend that much of their
own money, to do reviews of many arts they might not personally have an interest
in. This is why we try to get various MA video companies to donate tapes to this
cause. We want our website to be a comprehesive review site, and we can't afford
to do that entirely on our own. Without companies donating tapes to this cause, we'd
be like a couple of the other review sites out there that do just 10-30 reviews,
mainly of stuff they themselves purchase. Heck, by getting tapes donated to us we've
been able to bring the public reviews on systems that we probably wouldn't have been
able to otherwise.
Think about this. Reviewers of books get free books sent
to them for reviews, movie critics get free movie passes, why shouldn't we get free
videos? Is it because certain video instructors say we're not qualified? Who is qualified
then? Does it have to be a biasedfan of theirs? Does the reviewer of a movie need
to have been an actor or director, or studio exec., to provide an accurate movie
review? Does a book reviewer need to have been a top selling author to do an accurate
review of a book?
Heck, having companies send us free tapes is actually cheaper
than what many other companies have to do to get their books or movies reviewed.
A movie ticket around here costs $8.00, and books can cost $20-$30. Even though MA
tapes are sold for $20-$70 each, we all know that a blank tape, if caught on sale,
can be obtained for $1.00 each. All it takes for a company, since they have reproduction
rights to a tape, is for them to put their stuff on a cheap $1.00 blank tape and
spend another buck on postage, drop it in the mail and send it. $2.00 is really all
it takes per tape. Heck, we've even been more than fair by offering at our website
to pay a buck or two for the tape, and the postage expense, if someonewants to make
a big deal out of us getting "free tapes".
To sum everything up,
we need tapes donated to us or there's no way we, or anyone else, could attempt to
provide a comprehensive review site. As for it costing video companies money to send
us free tape, in my opinion, I think we've been even more than fair about offering
to compensate companies, $1 for the postage of each tape & $1 for each tape!
we've been asked: "How can you rate this combat system without using it in combat?"
Actually a very good question. There is no absolute way. Not even Clugston,
or Jerry Peterson, no matter what they say, can guarantee their stuff will work 100%
of the time, for all people, all ages, in all situations. We merely offer our opinion,
based upon our experiences and training, and the things we see in each video instructors
tape. Maybe in person these video instructors are more thorough, but we're not grading
that, we're grading tapes.
The "combat" question from above, in
my opinion, is no different than asking: How do you know certain peoples "kill"
techniques will really kill someone? And how do you know they'll work for you? Where
and how do you get to personally try them? How do you know that while doing an arm
bar or leg lock, you, not your teacher, can really destroy someones joint?
only way any of these questions could be answered would be by setting up actual scientific
trials. You'd have to get a very diverse group of peole, all different ages, different
sexes, along with different heights and weights. Next, you'd have to combine that
mix with a complete mix of backgrounds for each: military, law enforcement, martial
arts, bodybuilders, no background, etc. Next, you'd have to take that total mix,
and have those people face real assailants bare handed, with real knives, real guns
with real bullets, etc., to see real outcomes. Guess what, it ain't gonna happen.
There isn't a video instructor in the world that could get that legally set up, and
neither can we. So opinions, like ours, and their's, will continue.
the next best thing is to have people with real life experiences, and martial arts
backgrounds, do reviews and provide their opinions of all this various material.
No one knows what will really work for everyone, and unlike some video instructors,
we don't claim to either. People only know what has worked for them in the past,
or what they suspect might work, or what they hope or heard (hopefully truthfully)
worked for their instructor. But again, this doesn't guarantee it will work for them
and everyone else, which is something many video instructors fail to point out.
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