Company: Blauer Tactical
Tape Name: Contact Sparring & Fear Control
Tape Cost: $35.00
Length of Tape/Time: 163 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: 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 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: 98 % ( Excellent = 4.5 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:

I never cease to be amazed whenever I watch a video by Tony Blauer. This video, like all of Mr. Blauer's videos, is simply loaded with information. I cannot adequately cover or discuss all of the material that Mr. Blauer covers in this video but I will attempt to cover what I consider the fundamental concepts that are presented. The video is broken down into three basic segments. In the first segment, Mr. Blauer is addressing a group of students who are about to attempt sparring (boxing) and Mr. Blauer makes a point of telling the students the reasons why such an endeavor is important. Points like dealing with the various kinds of fear associated with sparring, targeting, distancing, body mechanics, feinting, slipping and other topics are discussed, in great detail, by Mr. Blauer. My view on this is to paraphrase a Bruce Lee's quote about " you can't learn to swim unless you get in the water " and Mr. Blauer makes that quote come alive in this video. He talks a lot about training out of your " comfort zone " and being challenged by sparring. Some helpful advice on strategy is also given. Problems that people have in sparring are discussed such as focusing on failure, dealing with emotional as well as physical fatigue, and the fallacy of relying on the one punch knock out blow. Telegraphic deliveries, setups, kinesthetic perceptions, kamakaze attacks, and a host of other topics are discussed and in great detail.

In the second segment, Mr. Blauer shows some basic boxing techniques including slipping (excellent information), counter punching, zoning footwork and much, much more. This is just dynamite material folks.

In the final segment, we see Mr. Blauer working with his students as they attempt to implement what he has discussed. Mr. Blauer is patient with the students as he moves around to each group, pointing out mistakes and offering suggestions to improve their skills. From here, the students actually move into the ring and begin to spar with either Mr. Blauer or one of his top students. This is where the students begin to realistically apply what they have learned. They are " in the water " if I may refer again to the previous quote by Bruce Lee.

Mr. Blauer closes with telling the students that by working with realistic contact and dealing with concepts such as isolation drills (a signature training concept of Mr. Blauer), they are already miles ahead of most martial arts training. Guess what ? I agree with him. I would venture to say that martial arts students who train like this would be pretty tough customers on the street if they had to defend themselves. Not because they know how to box, but because they " have learned to swim by getting in the water ". Tony, you did it again. Great video.


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