Company: Unique Video
Tape Name: Flow Of Filipino Hands, Volume 1
Tape Cost: $39.95
Length of Tape/Time: Approximately 45 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: About 30
Return Policy: Refund on damaged or defective tapes only
Experiences in dealing with this company: No Comment
The Instructor: Steve Grody
Company's Address: 1984 N. Main St., Los Angeles, CA, 90031
Company's Phone Number: 213-625-0516
Web Page:

Main Grading Criteria

Production/Tape Quality: 9
Instructors demonstrated skill level: 9
Comprehension Score: 9
Degree to which this will make someone a better Martial Artist: 9
Degree to which we would recommend this product: 9
Score on delivery vs hype: 9
Wasted Time (The higher the number, the less " fluff "): 9
Playback Score/Watching it over-and-over again): 8
Would I purchase more of this company's products: 9
Overall grade based on cost vs value: 9

Grand Total: Revised to 89% ( Fair = 2.25 Stars ) Original score was 87%

Secondary Grading Criteria

Beginners: Fair
Intermediate: Good
Advanced: Good
Time to benefit: Reasonably soon
The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Written Summary:

Wait just a minute. This is a filipino tape so where are the sticks and knives ? Not on this tape which is the first in a series by Steve Grody that deals with the empty hand aspect of the the filipino martial arts. This tape fills a definite need for some martial artists who have learned the filipino stick and knife but have never managed to make the connection between the weapons portions of the FMA and the empty hand portions. Mr. Grody does a good job of introducing various methods of entries using limb destructions. There is also some good material on using limb destructions from a defensive standpoint as well.

The material on this tape is not beginner's level material. Limb destructions (also called guntings) require much practice before they can be effectively applied in a street situation. That said however, most of the material on this tape is worth a look for most martial artists. If a person has no background in the filipino arts, this tape may be a bit too advanced but that is only the opinion of the reviewer. Mr. Grody does a good job communicating the subtleties of empty hand filipino fighting and obviously knows his material very well.

This tape is well produced and the material is well organized. This tape is a good place to start helping a martial artist make the connection between filipino weapons training and filipino empty hand fighting.


Click here to go to reviews 101-200

© 1997-2016 Martial Arts Video Reviews. All Rights Reserved.