Company: Total Approach JKD
Tape Name: Response, Evasions, Entries
Length of Tape/Time: 35 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: Drill
Return Policy: ?
Experiences in dealing with this company: Great
Instructor: David Elwood
Company’s Address: PO Box 8727, Somerville NJ 08876
Phone Number: (908) 685-TAJKD
Web Page: http://users.nac.net/tajkd/
Primary Grading Criteria:
Production/Tape Quality: 8
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 8
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: 8
7. Wasted Time ( The higher the number, the less “ fluff”
/repetition ): 9
8. Playback Score/Watching if over-and-over again: 8
I purchase more of this company’s products:9
10. Overall grade based on cost vs.
Grand Total: 86% ( Fair = 1.5 Stars )
Secondary Grading Criteria:
Beginners benefit: Fair
2. Intermediate benefit: Fair
3. Advanced benefit:
4. Time to benefit: Immediate
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand
this one: None
is a series of training drills to help a student learn to apply evasive footwork,
apply various two handed entries, apply some basic limb destructions, and to teach
some rudimentary parrying and deflecting skill. This video, taught by David Elwood,
is fairly interesting in places but the majority of the drills will have been seen
by most martial artists in one form or another.
Some of the drills taught
involve responding to an initial movement with an attack. This is a basic concept
that most martial arts teach in one form or another so it is unlikely that a viewer
will have not seen some variation of this drill. The same applies to the bobbing/weaving/shoulder
roll drill, especially if the viewer has any boxing or kickboxing experience. Throwing
a jab versus a hook is shown as well as three very basic two handed entries off an
opponent’s punching attack.
The next section deals with limb destructions
( of which we at MAVR have seen ad infinitum on many other videos ). I strongly
disagree with Mr. Elwood’s implication that limb destructions are extremely effective.
Yes, they hurt sometimes. But against an adrenalized opponent, a punch to the bicep
cannot always be counted on to stop an attack or to even slow a man down. I was
always taught that you take a limb destruction ONLY IF IT IS YOUR BEST SHOT AT THAT
MOMENT. In other words, don’t go looking for limb destructions in a fight. Take
them if they appear of course, but don’t look for them. It could be you hit his
arm and he hits your jaw. You lose.
This is not one of the better videos that
we have reviewed at MAVR. I simply felt that the material was too simplistic for
most street wise martial artists. If you are a raw beginner in the arts, then you
may find some applications of these drills. But we do feel there are better choices
available from which to learn street fighting skills.
One note of interest
about this video. The implication throughout this video is that we are watching
JKD ( Jeet Kune Do ). I found it most interesting that onhis video, the non traditional
art of Bruce Lee is being taught in gi’s and bare feet with belt wearing students
and instructors. I am not saying that is right or wrong. I simply found it ironic
as well as a bit surprising. Are these people on the video ranking in JKD? Maybe
we will learn more about it on the next video.