Company: Paladin Press
Tape Name: Winning A Knife Fight
Tape Cost: $14.95
Length of Tape/Time: 55 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: Concept Tape
Return Policy: Refund on damaged or defective tapes only
Experiences in dealing with this company: Excellent
The Instructor: Marc MacYoung
Company’s Address: PO Box 1307, Boulder, Colorado, 80306
Company’s Phone Number: 1-800-392-2400
Web Page:

Primary Grading Criteria:

1. Production/Tape Quality: 10
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 10
3. Comprehension Score/Immediate Understanding: 9
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 ): 10
8. Playback Score/Watching if over-and-over again: 9
9. Would I purchase more of this company’s products:9
10. Overall grade based on cost vs. Value: 9

Grand Total: 93 %

Secondary Grading Criteria:

1. Beginners benefit: Very Good
2. Intermediate benefit: Very Good
3. Advanced benefit: Very Good
4. Time to benefit: Immediate for most people
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Written Summary:

So you want to learn how to fight with a knife do you ? If you do, then you have to check out “Winning a Knife Fight” from Paladin and taught by Marc “ Animal “ MacYoung. Mr. MacYoung does a great job separating fact from fantasy when it comes to the subject of knife fighting. This is the kind of no nonsense video we have come to expect from Paladin Press. Let me put it another way. I watched this tape for nearly a full hour and not once did I see Mr. MacYoung advocate trying to kick a knife from someone’s hand. Or do an X block against a knife thrust. Or grab the knife hand out of thin air and applying a joint lock.

This subject deals mainly with a situations where both you and your opponent are armed with a knife. Mr. MacYoung makes a point early in the video about the difference between attacking effectively and attacking correctly ( with a knife ). Pivotal secrets about balance and stances are discussed and demonstrated. Effective use of angles ( particularly blade angles )and circles and how to kill people with a knife are discussed as well. Not pretty stuff, but very, very real. Like I said, fact from fantasy. There are also a few simulated knife attacks, based on real life incidents, that give the traditionally trained martial artist a whole new look at the hard realities the blade. Not to mention, this tape has one of the scariest looking training partners I have ever seen on a video.

This video is NOT a filipino knife fighting video. This is not about martial arts. This video is about shanking and/or avoiding being shanked. Plain and simple. Ugly, gruesome, and definitely worth the money if you take your weapons training seriously.

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