Company: World Martial Arts
Tape Name: Tape 7 - Advanced Takedowns
Tape Cost: $59.99
Length of Tape: 55 min.
Number of Moves/Techniques: 16 plus variations
Return Policy: Money back guarantee, but only if the complete 6 tape series is purchased. View the enclosed "preview tape", if you don't like the preview tape, return them all, BEFORE OPENING ANY OF THE OTHERS, for a refund.
Experiences in dealing with this company: Excellent
The Instructor: Mario Sperry
Company’s Address: P.O. Box 26712, Rochester, NY. 14626
Company’s Phone Number: 1-800-682-9842
Web Page:
E-mail: unknown

Primary Grading Criteria:

1. Production/Tape Quality: 10
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 10
3. Comprehension Score/Immediate Understanding: 10
4. Degree to which this will make someone a better Martial Artist: 10
5. Score on delivery vs. Hype: 10
6. Degree to which we would recommend this product: 10
7. Wasted time (The higher the number, the less “fluff”/repetition: 9
8. Playback Score/Watching it over and over again: 9
9. Would I purchase more of this company’s product: 10
10. Overall grade based on cost vs. Value: 9

Grand Total: 97%

Secondary Grading Criteria:

1. Beginners benefit: Excellent
2. Intermediate benefit: Excellent
3. Advanced benefit: Excellent
4. Time to benefit: Some Immediate, greatest benefit with practice
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None, although having Mario Sperry’s 1st series would be of benefit in some instances.

Written Summary:

This is Tape One of Mario Sperry’s 2nd series on Vale Tudo. Mario Sperry continues right where he left off from his first series. This time he has another well known Brazilian Murilo Bustamente assisting him. Murilo doesn’t teach in this series but instead takes the falls for Mario. This tape teaches a person standup fighting from a No Holds Barred/grapplers point of view. Sperry states that the objective is to get your opponent to the ground. Sperry will show a technique once then will go over the same technique several more times really breaking down the fine details of what is being demonstrated. The number of techniques shown on this tape is not large BUT it is the DETAIL that is given to each technique that makes this tape so good. Sperry says that he has learned these details by fighting. Well after seeing this tape it is obvious that Mario has done his homework. I like the way that Mario teaches as he shows the techniques not in isolation but as how they would most likely occur in a fight or no holds barred competition.

Here is some of what you will find on this tape. Mario starts off by explaining that you need to use your punches to set up the clinch where you can take your opponent down. Explained is how a person should use long straight punches to punch their way into the clinch as well as the importance of protecting your own chin while doing so. Sperry doesn’t recommend using hooks or uppercuts to try and get in as you leave yourself open to a takedown. Sperry also explains that you don’t want to use boxing too much as this will also give your opponent an opportunity to take you down.

Next Sperry methodically breaks down the clinch. Demonstrated are how to effectively use a combination of hooks, uppercuts and knees while your in a clinch. Also shown is how to break away from the clinch using your shoulder. Sperry covers how to properly use a duckunder to get to your opponents back as well as several ways to take a person down from this position. Sperry also shows what to do when someone is grabbing a fence (common in No Rules matches). To my knowledge this is the first time someone has addressed this area. As usual Sperry really breaks each technique down.

In conclusion this tape is one of the best Takedown video’s out there for the No Rules Fighter or for someone interested in self defense (in relation to the takedown). Sperry’s attention to detail and the fact that the techniques shown will actually work on a living/ breathing and resisting opponent make this tape an excellent addition to anyone’s Martial Arts video collection. The only draw back that I could see was the price tag. For 6 video’s (the entire 2nd series) $250.00 is alot of money. If this series would of been priced at lets say $199.00 (the Carvalho series from WMA is now $199.00 per set) it would of scored 10 out of 10 on the overall grade versus cost. Regardless of this one negative aspect it is still a great tape. If you have the extra cash BUY IT.

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