Company: Unique Video
Tape Name: Jun Fan/Jeet Kune Do Trapping Skills Volume 1
Tape Cost: $39.95
Length of Tape/Time: Approximately 45 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: About 20
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
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Main Grading Criteria

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

Grand Total: Revised to 87 % ( Fair = 1.75 Stars ) Original score was 83%

Secondary Grading Criteria

Beginners: Fair
Intermediate: Fair
Advanced: Fair
Time to benefit: Material is of marginal benefit
The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Written Summary:

This tape is the basic trapping hands material from Jun Fan/Jeet Kune Do via the Wing Chun Kung Fu that was learned by Bruce Lee many years ago. While I have no doubt that Bruce Lee was very adept at using trapping hands, I think it is safe to say that most people are not Bruce Lee. Certainly, Mr. Grody is not. I found the material on this tape to be very pretty, very artistic, and based on the way it was shown by Mr. Grody, it would have very questionable value when applied to real fighting in the street. Frankly, in my opinion, if you try to use most of Mr. Grody's stuff against an experienced street fighter, there is a good chance that you will find your teeth rolling down the street like a box of Chiclets.

The material on this tape is the usual basic trapping hands material from Wing Chun. Lop sao (grabbing hands), jut sao (jerking hands), jao sao (running hands), huen sao (circling hands), and pak sao (slapping hands) are introduced here as well as some basic immobilizations and footwork. If you have any Wing Chun or JKD background, then the terminology and the material will be very familiar to you.

All of the techniques performed by Mr. Grody are shown in slow motion. There are two reasons that I can see why this is a good idea on the part of Unique Video. One is that it allows for a good view of what is going on. The second reason is that I seriously doubt that most of these "techniques" could be pulled off in the heat of battle. Considering how fast a boxer or a good karate man can fire punches, you have little to no chance of intercepting the punch, doing a nice neat little trap, and then countering. Like I said earlier, you will be watching your teeth roll away like Chiclets. And that is if you're lucky. This tape is probably a decent purchase if you want to learn some esoteric means of trapping or limb immobilizations. But as far as learning how to fight, via Mr. Grody's material, I would recommend looking somewhere else.


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