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Martial Arts, Writing

Brutally Honest – Living Dreams – Geoff Thompson


Summersdale Productions are definitely starting to put themselves firmly on the map and this is starting to show in the finer details. Their DVD box-covers continue to improve in design and now even the DVDs themselves are improving with a very new and tactile label being attached. All in all these are some of the better-produced DVDs that I’ve bought in a long while and that includes normal film DVDs.

Geoff Thompson is a house-hold name who started out in the martial arts genre and who has managed to successfully branch out into other areas. This DVD is more of a motivational monologue with more than a small documentary aspect to it.

Assembly

None needed.

Appearance

Produced to the normal high standards that I’ve come to expect from Summersdale both the cover and the DVD cover meet my expectations ensuring that this series of DVDs is going to look good on your shelves.

I’ve also noticed that they are starting to colour co-ordinate the covers so that if you’re an eclectic and have a wide range of Summersdale DVDs you can spot your specific ‘star’s’ DVDs just by looking for their colour.

The colour of this DVD cover is a little strange however as it appears to be Salmon Pink or similar (don’t ask how I know what Salmon Pink is, I just do).

Ease of Use

Put this into the DVD and press play simple. Geoff Thompson is a good writer and this fortunately carries across to his presentation skills. Despite this not being a ‘martial arts’ DVD per se, such is Geoff’s skill at getting his message across and the way he uses himself as an example of what you can achieves means that this is a ‘must-view’. Once you get started and Geoff warms to the theme you get a very interesting message being put across along with example as to how to achieve what you truly want (rather than what you think would be nice to have).

The basic message is that if you want to change your life then only you can change your life. It’s not going to be easy, it’s not necessarily going to be fun or nice but if you truly intend to make a change then you will achieve it no matter how long it takes or how many times you get knocked back. One good example of this is the number of times that Geoff’s manuscripts were

Build Quality
Unfortunately, the DVD that I had came with a glitch in that moving from once scene to another looped it back to a previous scene.

Good solid colours and printing on both the cover and DVD without bleeding make this look professional.

The audio and sound quality are good and you can hear and see everything as well as you need to.

Geoff’s presentation skills are faultless and he’s able to easily hold the viewer’s attention whilst he’s making his point.

Price

£24.99. If you’re looking for inspiration as to how to make a change in your life you can’t go wrong with this DVD. Whether you get up off your arse after watching it and start making the changes needed is up to you. Whether you have the courage to keep striving for the changes is also up to you and good luck, I hope that this DVD gives you the grit needed.

I was so moved by this DVD and the message that it had to put across that I won’t be using a table to summarise it. Read the article and buy the DVD. This is a must see piece of work. My hat off to Geoff Thompson.

Total 89

This DVD can be ordered from www. Summersdale.com

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.

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