Company: Sport Karate Inc.
Tape Name: Cardio Kickboxing
Tape Cost: $19.95
Length of Tape/Time: 54 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: too many to count
Return Policy: ?
Experiences in dealing with this company: Great
The Instructor: Frank Thiboutot
Company's Address: 17 Foreside Rd., Cumberland Foreside, ME., 04110
Company's Phone Number: 800-270-KICK
Web Page:

Primary Grading Criteria:

1. Production/Tape Quality: 10
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 9
3. Comprehension Score/Immediate Understanding: 10
4. Degree to which this will make someone a better Martial Artist: 9
5. Score on delivery vs hype: 10
6. Degree to which we would recommend this product: 9
7. Wasted Time ( The higher the number, the less " fluff" /repetition ): 10
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: 94 %

Secondary Grading Criteria:

1. Beginners benefit: Excellent
2. Intermediate benefit: Excellent
3. Advanced benefit: Very Good
4. Time to benefit: few weeks
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Written Summary:

Cardio Kickboxing is a very complete aerobic kickboxing program. Mr. Thiboutot's program is broken down into 3 main sections:

1. Fundamentals
2. Workout w/o Equipment
3. Workout w/ Equipment

Each of these has some interesting sub-components. Here's an overview of what you get in each of these three sections:

1. Fundamentals - Mr. Thiboutot goes through the following: wrapping of the hands, gloves, stances and moving, bobbing and weaving, 4 main punches, spinning backfist, 3 commonly used kicks, and skipping rope.

After this he gets one ready to begin the main program by first taking them through a warm-up routine that consists of: neck, triceps, trunk, hips, squats, and double shoulder width stretches.

The next 12 sub-section/"rounds", take the viewer through the following 2 minute rounds.

2. Workout w/o Equipment:

Round 1: 2 minutes of Jump Rope
Round 2: 2 minutes of Bobbing & Weaving, followed by 15 situps
Round 3: 2 minutes of Hand Combinations, followed by 15 situps
Round 4: 2 minutes of Kickboxing Combinations, followed by 15 situps
Round 5: 2 minutes of Shadow Kickboxing
Round 6: 2 minutes of Shadow Kickboxing w/a Partner (w/ 3 important sub-components)

After this is a couple quick minutes of conditioning consisting of: squats, lunges, jump-change from fighting stance, fighting stance/back knee to floor dips, squats w/front kicks, squats w/side kicks, jumping squats.

3.Workout w/ Equipment:

Round 7: 2 minutes on the Speedbag
Round 8: 2 minutes on the Double Ended Bag
Round 9: 2 minutes on the Hooking Bag
Round 10: 2 minutes on the Upper Cut Bag
Round 11: 2 minutes on the Heavy Bag
Round 12: 2 minutes of Modified Sparring

Following all this Mr. Thiboutot recommends push-ups, stretching, and a cool-down. He also recommends strength exercises 2-3 times/weeks.

Again this program was very well done and if followed non-stop, without any breaks, should make for a fun, challenging, and beneficial cardio-vascular workout that also provides self-defense benefits. If you're looking for an aerobic kickboxing workout, we highly recommend it.

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