Company: Blauer Tactical
Tape Name: Ballistic Groundfighting, Phase 1
Tape Cost: $35.00
Length of Tape/Time: 130 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: Concept Video
Return Policy: Conditional Refund Policy ( See web site )
Experiences in dealing with this company: 3 -4 week delivery time
The Instructor: Tony Blauer
Company's Address: PO Box 278,Westmount, Quebec, Canada, H322V5
Company's Phone Number: 514-482-1643
Web Page:

Primary Grading Criteria:

1. Production/Tape Quality: 9
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 10
3. Comprehension Score/Immediate Understanding: 10
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: 10
7. Wasted Time ( The higher the number, the less " fluff" /repetition ): 9
8. Playback Score/Watching if over-and-over again: 10
9. Would I purchase more of this company's products:10
10. Overall grade based on cost vs. Value: 10

Grand Total: 96 % ( Excellent = 4 Stars )

Secondary Grading Criteria:

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

Written Summary:

This is another terrific tape from Tony Blauer. The video is shot at a seminar and consists of two basic segments. In the first segment, Mr. Blauer is addressing the class in a question and answer type format. He gives some great analogies and goes over some of his basic philosophies on groundfighting and his opinion of some other approaches that are used to train people (rape seminar training) in self defense situations

The second segment is the physical portion of the video. As in every single video that I have ever seen by Tony Blauer, he is constantly teaching, teaching, and teaching. All of these videos can be watched 100 times and I always seem to pick up something new or revisit some old ideas that I may have forgotten. The fundamental concept that Mr. Blauer addresses throughout this video is the distinction between sport grappling and groundfighting in the street (no rules). We are given several combat scenarios such as being attacked with a rear choke, defending a rear choke, fighting from a clinch, knife scenarios on the ground, hair grabs, and Mr. Blauer's unique " spear " defense. ALL of these moves are explained in the greatest possible detail with every minute move shown and explained. Also, the correct biomechanics (as subject that Mr. Blauer seems to always address) are given a lot of attention and deservedly so in my opinion. So many videos just show you a few moves, give a brief description of the move (if you're lucky) and move on to the next technique.

This is somewhat of a technique video but is also a concept/training drill video as well. Mr. Blauer's material is intellectually driven and is not for the mindless martial artist who only wants to practice this or that particular move. It is difficult to fully understand the depth and complexity of Mr. Blauer's approach by only watching a single video. But after you have watched several (as I have), it all starts to come together if you are diligently practicing what you see as I have. And I am a much more confident and proficient street fighter as a result. As with all of Mr. Blauer's stuff, this also comes with our highest recommendation.


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