Company: World Grappling Federation
Tape Name: Oleg Taktarov Series - Tape Three - Escapes
Tape Cost: $ 24.99 ( All five tapes of series $99.95 )+ s/h $4 per tape , $12 max. per order
Length of Tape/Time: 40 min.
Number of Moves/Techniques: Nine
Return Policy: Unknown
Experiences in dealing with this company: Unknown
The Instructor: Oleg Taktarov
Company's Address: P.O.Box 366, Lakeside , CA 92040
Company's Phone Number: (619) 938-0611
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Primary Grading Criteria:

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

Grand Total: 93 %

1. 80%-100% = 93 %
2. Poor, Fair, Good, Excellent = Good
3. 0-5 stars = 3.25

Secondary Grading Criteria:

1. Beginners benefit: Fair
2. Intermediate benefit: Good
3. Advanced benefit: Good
4. Time to benefit: As usual , practice makes perfect etc. etc.
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Written Summary:

This video focuses on what should, in the reviewers opinion , be the basis of grappling training, i.e. the ability to escape from inferior positions and/or submission techniques that are about to be applied. A list of contents of this video is as follows :

1. Defence against straight arm-bar
2. Escape from arm-bar attempt from rear-mounted position
3. Escape from triangle choke
4. Escape from rear gi choke
5. Escape from the mount
6. Defence against the guillotine
7. Defence against the ankle-lock
8. Escape from knee-bar
9. Defence against the heel-hook

Inevitably, I liked some of these techniques better than others. As stated in the previous two reviews, I believe, and yes, it is only my opinion , that Mr. Taktarov, in spite of his obvious ability and experience , operates from a slightly different conceptual basis than the one my grappling instructors emphasised . Once again, I feel that Mr. Taktarov works via his specific, individual technique against his opponent's specific , individual technique. I was taught to work via positions , rather than techniques. What this means in practice is that Mr. Taktarov will, for example , create some space so as to escape and then will execute a counter- technique without first obtaining a superior position. I feel that this would work against an inferior opponent but not against one of equal or even slightly superior abilities. I was taught that the first priority would be to work oneself into a superior position and to then only counterattack. Again, this does not make this tape useless or inferior , it just means that , in the reviewers opinion it would not be one of the top ten "must buy" grappling instructional tapes.


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