Tape Name: Women Fight Back
Tape Cost: $14.95
Length of Tape/Time: 60 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: numerous
Return Policy: Damaged or Defective only, no satisfaction guarantee
Experiences in dealing with this company:
The Instructor: Michael Wong
Company's Address: Kultur International Films, 195 Highway 36, West Long Branch, NJ 07764
Company's Phone Number: 732-229-2343
Web Page: Women Fight Back
Primary Grading Criteria:
1. Production/Tape Quality: 10
2. Instructors demonstrated skll level: 10
3. Comprehension Score/Immediate Understanding: 10
4. Degree to which this will make someone a better Martial Artist: 10
5. Score on delivery vs hype: 10
6. Degree to which we would recommend this product: 10
7. Wasted Time ( The higher the number,the less &qu10t; fluff" /repetition ): 10
8. Playback Score/Watching it over-and-over again: 10
9. Would I purchase more of this company's products: 10
10. Overall grade based on cost vs. value: 10
Grand Total: 100% (Excellent = 5 Stars)
Secondary Grading Criteria:
1. Beginners benefit: Excellent
2. Intermediate benefit: Excellent
3. Advanced benefit: Excellent
4. Time to benefit: A few days
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None
Recently, I got an email asking me to review Women's Self-Defense videos. So I thought I'd give it a try. I got one, and felt the title I picked wasn't just for women, but a great addition for anyone! Everyone should add this one to your list of Top 10 Self-Defense videos you should own!
Like many other self-defense videos I've reviewed, this one is extremely practical, and focuses on things anyone can do, without training forever to get good at. Mr. Wong suggests women focus on using their elbows, knees and front kicks. He suggests a women should never try to use a fist against a mans head. This concept I'm a huge fan of and agree with, as Wong and others we've reviewed more-of-less state that "a womans smaller bones in her hand shouldn't try to contest the bigger bone of a mans skull", of course implying who will typically lose that battle. Wong does show the use of sidekicks too, several times to the knee area, and other than a couple of stomach shots with it, spends less time on the sideckick, understandably due to it often being a weapon that may take longer for many people to develop.
The description I found about this title says: "The Content of this DVD will instruct you on simple movements of womens self defence. Each movement has been demonstrated to show the effectiveness. Multiple angle shots are used to make learning as comprehensive as possible. The teaching has been broken down to provide an excellent base to understand the advance techniques of women self defence. As well as showing the movements, the techniques are shown in clips of how effective it can be in a real life situation. If you are looking for some thing simple and effective for self defence then this is the DVD for you! Remember once learned it can act as an insurance. You don't know when you need it, but when you need it, it is there for you."
Some of the really cool things were the drills Wong showed, which of course you want to practice 2-4 times a week with a partner, to develop. Specifically, he showed elbow striking drills, knee striking drills, front kick drills and side kick drills, with a partner holding a pad/shield. Looked more like a Muay Thai type shield that was small, yet thick and universal enough to do punches and kicks.
Another thing I liked, that kept the material entertaining, were the "street attack" scenarios a small asian woman named "Mai Hang" kept going through, throughout the tape. She appeared to be around 5 feet tall, maybe 100 lbs or less, and the perfect small framed and almost fraile looking type woman, for the part. She certainly made everything she did look like it would work, and apart from a solid "street" performance, I really liked the loud popping sounds she gave off, when doing the drills in the dojo setting.
Mai Hang is really the star of this, in my opinion, because without someone of her stature and skill, whose to say the average viewer could get a good "read" on whether or not the material Mr. Wong presents would work for a woman? The "street attack scenarios" in this are perfect, and appear to have been filmed in the UK (guessing). Mai Hang appears in them to be having the worst-possible-day-of-her-life, as it appears she's attacked about 8-10 times in one day, in different parts of the city, as she's doing normal everyday activities. Then its back to dojo drills for a few minutes, where we are shown how to train for the exact techniques she used. After numerous reps of those strikes, then its often back to her running away a block or two from the last "street attack", and her running into her next attacker. Scenes are shown such as her being attacked in a parking lot, and pulled out of her car, a couple of subway scenes, and others scenes.
Extremely well done and I highly recommend it. If you have a Netflix account, it appears you can rent it over there, before buying! Just type in "self defense" to find it there FYI - Netflix titles it "Womens Self Defense" but the actual title is "Women Fight Back" ;-)
Info on Michael Wong: Michael Wong
Based on the website www.kultur.com it appears Kultur only sells (3) of Michael Wong's videos. There appear to be several others a person might want to checkout, over at his UK website: Michael Wong Productions
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