Company: TRS
Tape Name: How To Build A Streetfighter in 40 Hours, Volume 3
Tape Cost: $97.00 (comes as a 3 volume set)
Length of Tape/Time: 1 hr, 20 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: Concepts and Drills
Return Policy: 90 Day Money-Back Guarantee!
Experiences in dealing with this company: Great
The Instructor: Tom Cruse
Company’s Address: 606 E. Acequia,Visalia, CA 93292
Company’s Phone Number: 1-800-899-8153 Dept.77
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Primary Grading Criteria:

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

Grand Total: 90 % ( Fair = 2.5 Stars )

Secondary Grading Criteria:

1. Beginners benefit: Fair
2. Intermediate benefit: Fair
3. Advanced benefit: Fair
4. Time to benefit: Techniques are not difficult to learn.
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Written Summary:

The focus of this entire video is weapons training. The reason for the emphasis on weapons is that, according to Mr. Cruse, the intensity of training with and learning how to use a weapon develops the fighting attributes of that specific weapon. Contact, footwork, coordination, and other attributes are brought to the fore whenever weapons training is undertaken in a serious manner. All the material on this video is taken directly from the filipino martial arts. In fact, this video could be considered a primer in filipino arnis.

In the first segment, we are taught training concepts using the single stick. The various ranges are discussed, sensitivity drills are shown, and the concept of building flow patterns are shown and discussed. Then Mr. Cruse moves into knife training and from there, the video moves on to double stick training, stick and knife training, knife sparring, knife vs stick sparring, solo training, and the use of disarms. This is a comprehensive video and while much of the sublteties of the filipino arts are not shown, it is still a good introductory look at these weapon based arts. And this video delivers on what it promises which is a training program to bring an individual up to street readiness in a relatively short period of time. In my opinion it won’t make someone a great fighter but it could very well make some one a good fighter.

I feel this video is aimed directly at the individual who hasn't had a great deal of martial arts training but wants to be “up to speed“ quickly in the area of street self defense. For those with a filipino background, this will be old news but to anyone else, this video could be worth a look.


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