Company: Warrior Productions
Tape Name: Hook And Slash, Volume 1
Tape Cost: $39.95
Length of Tape/Time: Approximately 50 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: Concepts and Training Drills
Return Policy: Don't Know
Experiences in dealing with this company: Great
The Instructor: Patrick Robinson
Company's Address: 223 E Army Trail Rd., Bloomingdale, IL 60108
Company's Phone Number: 1-888-26KNIFE
Web Page: None

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: 8
Degree to which we would recommend this product: 8
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: Revised to 88% ( Good = 2 Stars ) Original Grade = 93%

Secondary Grading Criteria

Beginners: Fair
Intermediate: Fair
Advanced: Fair
Time to benefit: Immediate ( with practice )
The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Written Summary:

This tape deals with close quarter knife fighting using a reverse grip. The instructor, Mr. Patrick Robinson, states that he is trained in filipino martial arts. So you know the knife fighting on this tape is going to fast, mean, and effective.

This tape starts off with a few base movements of using the two types of hooking defense followed by several slashes with reverse grip. One thing about this tape is that the material is taught in a stepwise, progressive fashion. One starts out doing a fairly easy drill but as more variables and options are introduced, the more complicated the material becomes. That is why there is material on this tape to suit martial artists of all skill level. Learning about knife fighting is not for everyone but it is said in the martial arts " To learn how to defend against a knife, you must learn to fight with a knife ". That is one rationale for learning the material on this tape. The other is that a knife in the hands of a skilled person can be a great equalizer in any kind of mass attack situation.

The better portions of this tape are the drills taught in close quarter range using a reverse grip. These drills build sensitivity, reaction time, blade awareness, coordination and all those other elusive elements that comprise the " flow ". This is a decent tape for those viewers who are interested in learning more about the " riddle of steel ". I would like to see more tapes in the future by Mr. Robinson in order to get a broader picture of the knife fighting that he teaches.


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