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some good stuff, but so much impractical and dangerous
on 21 January 2014
I'm sorry but I do not understand the positive reviews for this. There are some good moves here, the narrator seems a decent guy and it's cheap. But so much is flawed, including how the main guy smacks around the ukes sometimes
It starts with how to make a fist but nowhere does it say "don't punch, it screws up your knuckles" Hitting with the heel of the hand is hugely preferable in a real fight, The reason they wear gloves in boxing and MMA is to protect the knuckles of the strikers, not the face of the guy getting hit. It also recommends hammer fist blows a couple of times, in the mess of a real fight you've got to be careful with these, I know a couple of people with cracked little finger knuckles who will tell you why.
The double elbow cover against the flurry of punches is good but the guy drops his hand to hit the attacker in the face with a slap, not the strongest technique at this range anyway and unlikely to shift a large angry guy, and he leaves himself open to a left hook round the head.
A lot of the punch defences and moves are made against people throwing a right off the front foot and leaving their extended arm dangling in the air and pulling the non striking arm back to their waist. Nobody punches like this apart from in karate dojos and the guys doing the defensive moves drop their hands way too much throughout.
Throwing the roundhouse kick the guys leave themselves exposed by dropping their hands and leaving their head up; they show a block against a roundhouse kick where you turn away and take it on the back of the leg/knee, not a good idea but then they show a shin kick to the back of the leg/knee as an attacking move. Didn't get it.
Don't try the front sweep demonstrated her, timing tough enough to get right even if you know what's coming and you don't hurt the guy enough if it goes wrong to make any difference.
Limited stuff on groundwork. need more these days as more people want to take you down and play given the popularity of MMA and BJJ. No takedown defences shown.
Really don't try some of the stuff in there like trying to catch and trap the attacker's kicking leg when you're on the floor. His legs are a lot stronger than your arm.
Escape from full mount only shown when attacker has conveniently placed his legs over your arms.
Most of the punch defences section is just never going to happen, you want to know why MMA fighters use Boxing/Muay Thai blocks? They're the ones that work against the way that people actually hit you. And people don't hang around watching when you finish off a combination or adjust a lock.
No defences against kicks shown.
A lot of the retaliations around the body suppose that you have enough weight/power to disturb your attacker in that area, don't rely upon it and never leave your head exposed for as long as these guys when they're working the body.
Long section on wrist grab defences, not the most common attack, most of which don't emphasise that you have to protect your head at the same time as doing the basic escape nor how to incapacitate the attacker after you have broken the lock.
Most of the defences against grabs and chokes from the rear are not very strong and against very static attacks, need to emphasise holding your stability and upsetting the other guys's balance, not stuff like pinching the inside of the guys's leg which isn't going to put off an angry guy on Stella, nor strikes that aren't going to work on that guy nor anybody with a bit of size and weight on you.
Double lapel grab, your priority has to be to defend your balance and against the headbutt, defences here don't deal with either.
Some of the front choke defences are just bad and none talk about the need to drop your weight, get stable then perform technique, maybe because the attacks are all so static.
The techniques against pushes all fail to protect the head and don't show how to stabilise yourself before any counter attack
If someone catches you in a Thai Boxing style clinch, defending against knee strikes is the number 1 priority, first technique shown here ignores that and the defence shown after when you try to punch down across the body against a rising knee strike is just dangerous, again there's a reason why you will never see this in MMA or Thai boxing
There's about 14 minutes of anti knife work. This is a seriously difficult area but this stuff will get you killed. Train against knife attacks when the attacker recoils aggressively and block/control to the wrist not the elbow joint, this allows the lower arm to bend and stab/cut you.