Company: Paladin Press
Tape Name: Gunsite Tactical Edged Weapons 1
Tape Cost: $29.95
Length of Tape/Time: 40 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: 18
Return Policy: Refund on damaged or defective tapes only
Experiences in dealing with this company: Fantastic
The Instructor: Richard Ryan
Company’s Address: P.O. Box 1307, Boulder, CO., 80306
Company’s Phone Number: 1-800-392-2400
Web Page:

Primary Grading Criteria:

1. Production/Tape Quality: 9
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 9
3. Comprehension Score/Immediate Understanding: 10
4. Degree to which this will make someone a better Martial Artist: 9
5. Score on delivery vs hype: 9
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 if over-and-over again: 9
9. Would I purchase more of this company’s products:9
10. Overall grade based on cost vs. Value: 9

Grand Total: 92 %

Secondary Grading Criteria:

1. Beginners benefit: Very Good
2. Intermediate benefit: Very Good
3. Advanced benefit: Good
4. Time to benefit: Immediate
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Written Summary:

If you are looking for a good quick study in the use of edged weapons and you have little to no experience in this area, then this video would be an excellent choice. Mr. Ryan teaches an abbreviated but realistic look at the use of the knife in self defense. The introductory portion of this video contains superb information for the novice concerning blade selection, the pros and cons of different blade options, and some clarification of knife terminology.

The actual knife fighting portion of this video discusses and demonstrates the importance of balance, distancing, blocking, grips, slashing vs stabbing, offensive techniques, counter attacking and a comparison of knife strategy vs knife fighting tactics. One particular segment that I’d recommend for everyone is the segment on Mr Ryan’s own knife fighting stance. This is one of the best knife fighting stances I have ever seen and it is also unconventional ( which means you won’t find it in your local dojo ). The video closes with a “practice training session “ where the viewer can stand in front of his televison and attempt to react and defend against a video attacker. This is great for solo training and to observe what a trained knifer attack might look like.

Despite the relatively short length of this video, the amount of material contained is well worth the price with the possible exception of those with extensive training in weapons based martial arts ( such as Arnis ).


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