Company: Unique Video
Tape Name: Jun Fan/Jeet Kune Do Trapping Skills Volume 4
Tape Cost: $39.95
Length of Tape/Time: Approximately 45 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: About 24
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: 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): 9
Would I purchase more of this company's products: 8
Overall grade based on cost vs value: 8

Grand Total: Revised to 87 % ( Fair = 1.75 Stars ) Original score was 84%

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 is the fourth video in a series from Unique Videos dealing with Jun Fan trapping skills and is taught by Mr. Steve Grody. Like the other videos in this series, the material shown here is very pretty to watch, very complicated in places, and in my opinion, not that relevant to learning how to defend oneself in a street situation. Some of the topics covered by Mr. Grody are countering the jut sao, entering to trapping range, trapping from a defensive position, pak sao variations, moving from trapping to kicking range, and how to trap against a boxer. All these topics are well worth examining but the amount of time that must be invested to master this material is tremendous. If you have a huge amount of time to invest in learning the intricacies of trapping, then the material on this tape will be of some value to you. But if you are like most martial artists, you probably don't have that much time to devote to learning the skills presented on this video.

I have stated before in previous reviews that trapping range, in my opinion, is the most irrelevant range in which to train. As a veteran of real fights (and observer of countless street/bar encounters), I can testify to the fact that if trapping range really does exist, then it exists only for a brief fleeting moment of time. Perhaps, if you train very hard at the material on this video (and the others in this series), then you can become highly skilled at trapping. Personally, I just don't think it is worth the time.


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