Company: Paladin Press
Tape Name: Surviving A Street Knife Fight
Tape Cost: $14.95
Length of Tape/Time: 70 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: 20 + concepts
Return Policy: Refund on damaged or defective tapes only
Experiences in dealing with this company: Fantastic. Great customer service.
The Instructor: Marc MacYoung & Richard Dobson
Company's Address: PO Box 1307, Boulder, Colorado 80306
Company's Phone Number: 303-443-7250
Web Page:

Main Grading Criteria

Production/Tape Quality: 9
Instructors demonstrated skill level: 9
Comprehension Score:10
Degree to which this will make someone a better Martial Artist: 10
Score on delivery vs hype:10
Wasted Time ( The higher the number, the less " fluff "): 10
Playback Score/Watching it over-and-over again): 10
Would I purchase more of this company's products: 10
Overall grade based on cost vs value: 10

Grand Total: 98 %

Secondary Grading Criteria

Beginners: Excellent
Intermediate: Excellent
Advanced: Excellent
Time to benefit: Immediate with a little training time invested.
The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Written Summary:

The more videos I watch, the more I begin to see where various schools in our area fall short. As important a topic as this is (Surviving A Knife Fight), how often do you see it practiced in dojos at any length? I frequently stop by many schools in our area, and I never see any of them spending more than a couple of minutes here-and-there on it.

Heck, I know for a fact that one VERY WELL KNOWN taekwondo chain/franchise in our area, over the course of a 1 yr period, (with 1.5 years to blackbelt being their average), didn't spend anytime on it. While yet another TKD school doesn't even begin teaching knife defense until a person becomes a brown belt, and even at that level, it's 5-10 minutes here-and-there.

Based on what I saw in this video, partner drills included, I'd say there was at least a weeks worth of material shown. Meaning, the average student, for 5 days solid, could spend an hour a day on this stuff, and maybe just begin to see some benefit. But the bigger question is this, how well of a job are schools doing when they might spend 5 minutes on it this month, 10 minutes next, etc? This is a very important topic in my opinion, and warrants alot more time be spent on it than that!

This is the 3rd work of Marc MacYoung's we've reviewed. And each time I watch one of Mr. MacYoung's videos, the more I'm impressed with his simple, no-nonsense, style unspecific approach, to important topics and issues like this one.

So what's in the video? Well it starts with a little reality check. Mr. MacYoung starts out by showing the viewer just how real and serious a knife attack can be. He takes a huge hanging piece of meat, and shows with a few VERY QUICK slashes how deep a cut he can make. And if you haven't seen this done before folks, it can be a shocker! Especially when you see how deep he goes, in about 2 seconds, with 3 slashes, using a fairly small knife!

This video covers:

1. Grips
2. Dodging
3. Pivoting
4. Footwork
5. Stances
6. Blocking
7. Angles of Attack
8. Triangle Stepping
9. Diagonal Slashing
10. Stance Integrity (different than #5)
11. Controlling the elbow, forearm, wrist
12. Heel Hooks
13. Drills
14. and a countless number of pointers and reminders that tie everything together

Mr. MacYoung shows several simple rubber knife, partner training drills, that are meant to train someone how to get out of the way, and avoid getting cut. What I personally enjoyed were the more realistic "anything goes" encounters, where you get to see a knife wielding madman go for Mr. MacYoung, and thus see his techniques put to the test.

Along the way Mr. MacYoung gives us little pearls-of-wisdom, that not only make sense, but seem very valid, because many times they go perfectly with a point, technique, or idea, just covered. Also he dispels many common macho traditional martial arts concepts, and shows why in a real knife fight they won't work.

This is a solid video and everything taught made sense. If your school/dojo isn't spending any quality time teaching you how to keep from getting cut, or you only spend 5-10 minutes here and there, I'd highly recommend this video to you. For $14.95, the price is right, and it could be the best 15 bucks you've ever spent !

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