Company: Unique Video
Tape Name: Flow Of Filipino Kali Empty Hands, Volume 3
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: Good
2. Intermediate benefit: 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:

This is the third volume in a three tape series from Unique Videos that deals with the grappling and locking techniques from the Filipino art of Kali. In this volume, Mr. Grody begins by showing various arm wrenches from several different reference points and moves into some very interesting joint locks and lock flows. We are given some advice on when to apply locks and advice on what not to do when attempting to apply locks on an adversary. Mr. Grody moves on to the takedowns used in this art and shows a variety of sweeps, throws, nerve takedowns and foot traps. The segment on foot traps is the best I have seen on this particular subject. Mr. Grody shows a large number of single foot and double foot traps and the use of unbalancing angles to take an opponent down with these same traps. We are also treated to some demonstrations of Dumog which is basically Filipino grappling and body manipulations. Mr. Grody gives us a look at several head throws and neck cranks which many viewers who are not familiar with the Filipino arts may not have seen before. Finally, Mr. Grody demonstrates some training drills to help build one's sensitivity and spontaneous fighting responses. This is a very good video for any martial artist. The material is presented in a logical fashion and Mr. Grody teaches the fine points very clearly. I would recommend this video to martial artist of intermediate to advanced skill levels. I do not think the material is suited for a beginner because of the subtle nature of many of these techniques. Overall, this is a very good video, and probably the best of the tapes in this three part series.


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