Company: Hi-Impact
Tape Name: Winning Tactics, Vol 2 - " How To Win Any Fight "
Tape Cost: $59.95 (sold in a 3 tape set - only)
Length of Tape/Time: Approximately 75 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: 20 techniques + variations
Return Policy: Refund on damaged or defective tapes only
Experiences in dealing with this company:
The Instructor: Bill Shaw
Company's Address: 8002 NE Hwy. 99-254, Dept.W - Vancouver, WA 98665
Company's Phone Number: 360-576-5182
Web Page:

Primary Grading Criteria:

1. Production/Tape Quality: 8
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: 8
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:9
10. Overall grade based on cost vs. Value: 9

Grand Total: 88% ( Fair = 2.0 Stars )

Secondary Grading Criteria:

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

Written Summary:

This volume is the second video in a series called " How To Win Any Fight " by Bill Shaw. This video is definitely an improvement over the first volume in this series. There is some good information with fairly good detailed explanations on how to perform certain techniques. In fact, from a technique standpoint, this is pretty good video. However, the quality of the production is second rate and looks like it must be about ten years old, judging from the look and feel of the video graphics. Mr. Shaw spends a lot of money advertising his videos in Black Belt magazine ( and maybe a few others ). If I were him, I would invest some of my money in redoing some of these videos and less on the full page super hype advertisements.

I will ask this question again. If I watch this video, will I indeed know how to win any fight ? The envelope, please. And the answer, once again, is still no. Mr. Shaw obviously knows martial arts. That is obvious from watching the video. But the biggest problem with this video is the huge hype to content ratio. The more claims a video makes in it's ads, the more I expect to see. And while the material on this video is above average, it is definitely not the answer to learning how to win any fight. If you are going to talk the talk ( advertising ), you better be able to walk the walk ( video content ). This video, like the previous volume, is a series of excerpts from other videos by Mr. Shaw. At times, I felt like I was watching a long commercial for Mr. Shaw's other products.

So what is on this video ? We are shown a fairly in depth look at the knee drop. Next is a decent segment on leg wrenching followed by a very good segment on applying arm bars. The section on the leg choke is not that great if you know anything about grappling. I did like the way Mr. Shaw taught the use of the step through armbar. His "sword kick " which is a hybrid low line crescent/ oblique kick has good street applicability. The hair pulling tactics are mundane ( there only so many ways to pull someone's hair ) but the choke defenses are good as are the bear hug escapes. As you can tell, the techniques deal pretty much with the garden variety attacks seen in the usual martial arts class. Probably the best advice from Mr. Shaw is that you cannot learn a technique to fit every situation. Instead, you must learn to improvise and take opportunities as they present themselves. Of course that is obvious to anyone who has been in the arts ( or done any real fighting ) for any serious length of time. The real question is " How do you learn to improvise and take the opportunities that present themselves ?" It's a great question and a very important question for anyone who trains in the martial arts. Only a few videos even attempt to answer that question and even fewer come up with workable solution. Unfortunately, this video, like so many others does not really train the viewer how to react spontaneously. Mr. Shaw does give a bit of fleeting advice on learning how to improvise. But it is very fleeting and if you blink, you might miss it.

So who needs this video ? If you are a collector of techniques, then you will probably like this video, maybe even like it a great deal.. If you are still on a never ending martial art safari, collecting technique after technique, then you will probably love this video. If you are a lover of concept training, then you won't like this video at all. I ended my personal " technique collecting safari " long ago. Because of that, I am not crazy about this video. But it really is a pretty good collection of martial arts techniques.


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