Company: Turtle Press
Tape Name: Ssireum - Traditional Korean Wrestling
Tape Cost: $39.95
Length of Tape/Time: 60 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: 16+
Return Policy: Defective Merchandise or By Authorization
Experiences in dealing with this company: Fantastic
The Instructor: Unknown
Company's Address: Turtle Press, 403 Silas Deane Hwy., Wethersfield, CT., 06109
Company's Phone Number: 1-800-778-8785
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Primary Grading Criteria:

1. Production/Tape Quality: 10
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'd recommend this product: 9
7. Wasted Time (The higher the number, the less "fluff"/repetition): 9
8. Playback Score/Watching it over-and-over again: 10
9. Would I purchase more of this company's products: 9
10. Overall grade based on cost vs. value: 9

Grand Total: 92%

Secondary Grading Criteria:

1. Beginners benefit: Excellent
2. Intermediate benefit: Excellent
3. Advanced benefit: Excellent
4. Time to benefit: Excellent
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None whatsoever !

Written Summary:

When one thinks of Korean martial arts more than likely the first thing to come to mind is Taekwondo or Tang Soo Do. However Korean traditional wrestling, called Ssireum, which dates back to the 4th century, is to many Koreans considered a martial art too. Certain "experts" in the video stated that they believed the Japanese art/sport of Sumo came from Ssireum. This sport/art is based on strength, skill, strategy, and will. The goal is to score by taking your opponent to the ground. Competition takes place in a sand pit and you have (3) 3 minute rounds in which whoever gets 2 out of 3 falls wins, in championships it's 3 out of 5 falls.

This video was very well done. In 60 minutes one gets to see and learn about Ssireum's history, rules, techniques, conditioning, interviews, demo's, and some competition footage. The 16 or so techniques shown were my favorite part. Being a judo/jujitsu man myself, I saw some very interesting techniques I can't wait to try on the mat.

I would recommend this video to those interested in learning more about the Korean arts, or those interested in grappling/wrestling.

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