Company: Blauer Tactical
Tape Name: The Four Ranges
Tape Cost: $39.95
Length of Tape/Time: 45 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: Concept training 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:

Main Grading Criteria

Production/Tape Quality: 9
Instructors demonstrated skill level: 10
Comprehension Score: 10
Degree to which this will make someone a better Martial Artist: 9
Degree to which we would recommend this product: 10
Score on delivery vs hype: 9
Wasted Time (The higher the number, the less " fluff "): 9
Playback Score/Watching it over-and-over again): 9
Would I purchase more of this company's products: 10
Overall grade based on cost vs value: 10

Grand Total: Revised to 95 % ( Good - 3.75 Stars ) Original score was 94%

Secondary Grading Criteria

Beginners: Very Good
Intermediate: Very Good
Advanced: Very Good
Time to benefit: Immediate
The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Written Summary:

This is another of Tony Blauer's older tapes but it stands the test of time very well in my opinion. This tape is a generalized look at training how to fight in each of the four ranges ( kicking, punching, trapping, and grappling ) and how to learn to fuse these four ranges together. This fusion is accomplished as Mr. Blauer demonstrates a large number of training drills, each with a specific function that allows the student to develop good technique, good balance, good footwork, non-telegraphic explosiveness, and sensitivity.

The tape is broken down first into the kicking range with specific drills to teach targeting and correct body alignment. The boxing section deals with teaching the four basic boxing punches and introduces the concept of " half beat hitting " and gives good examples on the correct way to train with shadow boxing. There is also a good drill here for learning to overlap the kicking and punching range. Trapping range is dealt with next and there are several excellent drills presented. One is the hubud drill which is familiar to practitioners of filipino arts plus another very interesting drill called the Mirror Drill which teaches tactile sensitivity and non-telegraphic atttacking. The grappling segment is a bit like the trapping segment except the two above drills are moved to the ground and both partners practice in a kneeling position. There are two more drills at the end of the tape to help teach once again how to fuse together fighting in all four ranges.

Mr. Blauer says on the tape that this is a basic tape. I am not sure that is entirely correct. It would not be " basic " at all to someone who has studied exclusively in a rigid formalized system where the priority was on memorization of technique as opposed to developing spontaneity ( which is a fundamental tenet of the material that Mr. Blauer teaches ). That said, it probably is somewhat basic to someone who has trained in more of a street oriented system. The drills on this tape are very good. I have been using some of them for years with my own students and work out partners and can personally attest to their effectiveness in teaching people to be spontaneous in their fighting responses.

I would highly recommend this tape to instructors, primarily for the drills that are shown. Mr. Blauer's narration over the tape also has several little gems of knowledge as well. Most martial artists should be able to gain a great deal of information from this video.


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