Company: Spartan Martial Arts
Tape Name: Streetwise
Tape Cost: $19.95
Length of Tape/Time: 17 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: 18
Return Policy: ?
Experiences in dealing with this company: Excellent
The Instructor: Mark Zuganelis
Company's Address: P.O. Box 444, Oak Lawn, IL., 60454
Company's Phone Number: 312-409-7623
Web Page: http://www.orbitel.com/~spartan/video.htm
Email: spartan@orbitel.com


Primary Grading Criteria:

1. Production/Tape Quality: 9
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 ): 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: 91 %


Secondary Grading Criteria:

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


Written Summary:

This short, but well produced, 17 minute video, shows 18 self defense techniques. In my opinion, most of these techniques should already be known by most intermediate and advanced martial arts students. The viewer is shown how to deal with grabs such as: single wrist, double wrist, lapel, hair, bear hug from behind, shoulder grab from behind, etc. Based on the assumption that most intermediate and advanced students should already have been exposed to most of these, I felt this tape would be best suited for beginners. In fact it would probably be an ideal tape for most to have in their personal collection.

Mr. Zuganelis wastes no time in this video. He shows each technique just once, and then moves on to the next one. WAY TO GO! I personally found this to be quite refreshing, making the viewing and grading of this tape an enjoyable experience. Maybe it's just me, but after 100+ tapes, it's nice to run into an instructional tape, and instructor, every now and then, that realizes we all have rewind buttons.


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