Company: Unique Video
Tape Name: Flow Of Filipino Kali Empty Hands, Volume 2
Tape Cost: $39.95
Length of Tape/Time: Approximately 55 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: Too many to count
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:

Primary Grading Criteria:

1. Production/Tape Quality: 10
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 9
3. Comprehension Score/Immediate Understanding: 9
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 ): 9
8. Playback Score/Watching if over-and-over again: 9
9. Would I purchase more of this company's products:10
10. Overall grade based on cost vs. Value: 9

Grand Total: 92 % ( Good = 3 Stars ) Original Grade = 92%

Secondary Grading Criteria:

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

Written Summary:

It is not often that we are treated to tape that features such a thorough look at the empty hand aspects of the Filipino martial arts. Mr. Grody really shines on this particular volume as he moves through some potentially devastating low line kicking moves ( along with some pretty nifty footwork ) in the first section of the tape. Expanding on some of the material in the first volume of this series, Mr. Grody moves on to the subject of double guntings ( entries with at least two limb destructions ). Watching some of these strikes to the opponent's limbs made me wince a few times and also reinforced in me a healthy respect for any opponent skilled in the art of Kali. The majority of the tape deals with the use of the elbow in Filipino empty hand fighting. There are many, many moves featuring the elbow on this tape and Mr. Grody does an excellent job of organizing and presenting the material.

The moves on this tape were shown mostly in slow motion but Mr. Grody does present a few of them at realistic combat speed. This helps the viewer to better appreciate the destructive power of these moves. With practice, some of these techniques could be devastating for your opponent in a street situation without having to resort to lethal force. The more I see of Mr. Grody, the more I appreciate his skill in the Filipino arts.

This tape is for just about anyone who is interested in learning more about the empty hand aspects of the Filipino martial arts. The material here could also be used as street effective material IF the proper amount of training time is invested.


Click here to go to reviews 201-300

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