Company: Panther Productionss
Name: Extreme Pancrase - Stances, Footwork,
Kicks & Punches (BAS-1)
Length of Tape/Time: 70 minutes
Moves/Techniques: tape is on basics
Return Policy: for damages and defects
in dealing with this company: very polite and friendly
Instructor: Bas Rutten
Company's Address: Panther Productions, 1010 Calle Negocio, San Clemente,
Company's Phone Number: 800-332-4442
Web Page: Century purchased Panther's entire library http://www.centurymartialarts.com/accessories/media
Primary Grading Criteria:
Production/Tape Quality: 10
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 10
Comprehension Score/Immediate Understanding: 9
4. Degree to which this will make
someone a better Martial Artist: 10
5. Score on delivery vs. hype: 10
to which we'd recommend this product: 9
7. Wasted Time (The higher the number,
the less "fluff"/repetition): 10
8. Playback Score/Watching it over-and-over
9. Would I purchase more of this company's products: 9
grade based on cost vs. value: 9
Grand Total: 95% (3.75 stars = Good)
Secondary Grading Criteria:
Beginners benefit: Excellent
2. Intermediate benefit: Good
3. Advanced benefit:
4. Time to benefit: Couple of months
5. The need to buy additional tapes
to understand this one: None
awhile since I've seen a Panther series that looked promising. Maybe Panther has
finally started listening to the voice of martial arts consumers. This 70 minute
video had no excessive repetition, it went very fast, covered a ton of info, and
the instructor, Bas Rutten, explained things well, unlike other NHB titles we've
seen. This is the first tape in this series. Panther sent us all 10 tapes, and we've
got 9 more to review after this one. Tapes 2-8 seem to be the core, and should give
us a better idea about the series as a whole, and things like: excessive repetition,
number of techniques, tape length, and whether or not we see some new stuff in this
series, versus stuff shown in all the other grappling/NHB tapes on the market.
video starts out by covering the stance from which Rutten likes to fight. He seems
to favor more of a forward stance than a boxers or sideways stance. He also emphasizes
that one should keep their weight on the balls of their feet, for quick movement.
Rutten likes to close the distance with his front leg moving first, instead of his
back leg. He gives some good hints on how to punch and get through someones guard.
Rutten says he doesn't believe in using quick jabs. He likes to deliver solid lead
hand punches, and says that his stance allows him to deliver it with more power than
a boxers stance will. Rutten emphasizes that power in punches comes up from ones
legs, and that people should use their shoulders more in their punches. Throughout
the tape Rutten periodically shows some of his favorite combinations, and actual
fight footage, showing how certain techniques helped him win certain fights.
of the things I really liked about this tape was the detail in which Rutten covered
the hook punch and uppercut. There are tons of martial arts schools in our area that
don't teach these two techniques to students. These are two very valid techniques,
and I believe many schools spend too much time doing acrobatic kicks that will probably
never be used in the street, versus teaching students how to get REALLY good with
more useful weapons. Also covered in a good amount of detail were elbows, palm strikes,
and my favorite technique, the spinning backfist. Now I know some of you will probably
say: "So what, I know those techniques". However Rutten has some unique
pointers, on almost each of these, that shows you how to make them alot more powerful.
It was also interesting to hear Rutten discuss how he didn't really like acrobatic
kicks, such as the turning heel kick, and then he demonstrates an awesome head high
one with an unbelievable amount of speed and precision. Speaking of which, Rutten
showed that he can really punch and kick. This is one bad dude folks! OK, on to the
rest of the tape.
Next Rutten goes over the front kick, and how to deliver
it with maximum power. He also shows a unique way to throw it, turning the foot to
the outside, so that you strike with the heel. He says he gets alot more power with
it that way, and he doesn't risk breaking his toes, which he says he's done alot.
After this he goes into the roundhouse kick. With this kick, Rutten likes to strike
with his shin. Next we go into knee strikes, followed by foot stomps. Rutten also
covers distancing, and would rather block and use distancing than bobing, ducking
and weaving. He then spends a good amount of time covering blocking, and this was
another very interesting section. Rutten favors small movements, versus big traditional
martial arts blocks, and he likes to block kicks in such a way that it puts you on
the outside of an opponent, so you can follow up with a hook punch to the jaw. He
likes to block low kicks with his shin bone (ouch!), versus arms or leg muscles.
Although I found some of the things Rutten suggests to go against traditional
martial arts teachings, not only does he give a good reason for justifying each,
but how can you fault a guy when everything he does seems to be working for him.
What did I not like? Although this is one of the best videos I've seen so
far on how to throw a hook punch and uppercut, it didn't get as detailed on how to
do that as I've been hoping someone would. Next, the series is labeled, in the Panther
catalog, as "No-Holds-Barred Streetfighting". Personally, I felt that some
of the things Rutten was showing came more from a NHB or Pancrase tournament mindset
instead of the streetfighting mindset that the title suggests. Neither of these 2
concerns of mine were major, but I felt I should mention them.
found this tape to very interesting and informative. It didn't put me to sleep like
some of Panther's other very short, and highly repetitive titles. In fact, this video
left me wanting to see more of Bas Rutten. In my opinion a very good video by the
folks at Panther. Hopefully they will make all their upcoming titles as good as this
one, and maybe think about editing and re-doing some of their older ones.
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