Company: Paladin Press
Tape Name: Pukulan Pentjak Silat
Tape Cost: $39.95
Length of Tape/Time: Approximately 1 hour
Number of Moves/Techniques: Concept Tape
Return Policy: Refund on damaged or defective tapes only
Experiences in dealing with this company: Great
The Instructor: Stevan Plinck
Company’s Address: P.O. Box 1307, Boulder, CO., 80306
Company’s Phone Number: 1-800-392-2400
Web Page:

Primary Grading Criteria:

1. Production/Tape Quality: 9
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 10
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 ): 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: 91

Secondary Grading Criteria:

1. Beginners benefit: Very Good
2. Intermediate benefit: Very Good
3. Advanced benefit: Excellent
4. Time to benefit: Material is geared more to the advanced martial artist
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Written Summary:

This tape is an overview of the Indonesian fighting system of Pukulan Pentjak Silat. As explained by Mr. Plinck, this system is a self contained fighting system meaning that it does not “ borrow” from other systems and that it has it’s own unique lineage. Mr. Plinck begins the video by showing what appears to be an Pentjak Silat kata called a juru. From here, Mr. Plinck takes the various moves in this juru and shows the self defense application of each move. Mr. Plinck makes a continuous point in this video of emphasizing underlying principles of techniques rather than the technique itself. Some of these principles including the hands working together, maintaining centerline, cutting the line, and always having a back up weapon in place. We are shown principles of using one’s upper body, principles of using one’s lower body, and the combining of the two. We are shown how Pentjak Silat trains to defend against bladed attacks with the use of “high line, low line “ flow drills. Finally, we have a section on combat applications which is basically a segment where an attacker launches a random attack and Mr. Plinck or his students will defend, using the principles that are shown earlier in the video.

This is an interesting video and there is material on here that many of you will not have seen before unless you have a background in any of the Indonesian systems. Because of the unique material on this video, I highly recommend it to advanced martial artists because you will probably find new material to add to your repertoire. Less advanced martial artists ( green belt and lower ) will also gain knowledge from this video but I do believe that the material is better suited for higher ranked individuals.

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