Company: Turtle Press
Tape Name: Winning Target Drills (TKD26)
Tape Cost: $19.95
Length of Tape/Time: 42 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: Drills
Return Policy: Defective Merchandise or By Authorization
Experiences in dealing with this company: Fantastic
The Instructor: Sang H. Kim
Company's Address: 403 Silas Deane Hwy., Wethersfield, CT., 06109
Company's Phone Number: 1-800-778-8785
Web Page:

Main Grading Criteria

Production/Tape Quality: 9
Instructors demonstrated skill level: 9
Comprehension Score: 9
Degree to which this will make someone a better Martial Artist: 9
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: 9
Overall grade based on cost vs value: 9

Grand Total: 90 % (Fair = 2.5 Stars)

Secondary Grading Criteria

Beginners: Fair
Intermediate: Fair
Advanced: Fair
Time to benefit: ?
The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Written Summary:

Up until this tape, Mr. Kim had a good run with us, meaning a history of good reviews on his various TKD tapes. I guess anyone who produces 50 tapes or more, can occassionally put out one that's not that great. Well in my opinion, this wasn't one of Kim's shining moments.

This wasn't a bad tape, but it wasn't a good one either. 95% of the tape is spent showing various ways one can do "target drills" using focus pads. I felt lacking was the explanation necessary so a person could understand what was shown. I guess the best way to describe that is picture yourself watching a video for 40 minutes of someone very talented performing an endless variety of kicks on focus pads, with little detailed explanation. That's what I felt like I was watching. I felt it was more a demonstration of Mr. Kim's incredible ability, instead of a video that taught me anything. Sure, along the way you get to see people holding focus pads in various ways, and Mr. Kim responding with various techniques, and some narration on Kim's part, but I didn't feel that helped me learn how to utilize the pads to their fullest.

Kim starts off the tape with about 5 minutes of highlights from some TKD tournaments, and then shows:

1. 1 pad, held by 1 person = any mid level kicks
2. 1 pad, held by 1 person = any high level kicks
3. 2 pads, held by 1 person = any mid and high kicks
4. 1 pad, reaction (moving), held by 1 person = any kick
5. 2 pad, reaction (moving), held by 1 person = any kick
6. 2 pads, 2 people, front/back = any kick
7. 2 pads, 2 people, side by side = any kick
8. 4 pads, 2 people = any kick
9. 1 pad per person, continuous looping line drill, 3-4 people = any kick

There are endless combinations of what a person could do with focus pads, and nowhere was I able to find any explanation to help people understand that, and more importantly, how they could arrive at their own combinations. Instead, the viewer gets to watch Mr. Kim's perform these, and narrate on top of each drill, with only limited explanation. Again, not a bad tape, but it wasn't one that "inspired me" either.

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