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Martial Arts, Writing

Brutally Honest – Rick Young’s Cross-training – Long Range Pad-work – Hard hitting


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.

This title only serves to make their catalogue stronger and I can’t wait to see what else Rick Young has to offer.

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.

Build Quality

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. There were a couple of blips with the camera where the subjects moved out of frame which doesn’t detract from the message being put across but which was a blip in my expectations.

Rick’s presentation is faultless and he’s able to talk on a subject for an amazing amount of time without a break. Even if his students do something different to what he’s asked them to do he remains unflustered and quickly gets them back on track in order to continue.

Ease of Use

Yet again the quality of martial artist that Summersdale is working with means that they are also working with a high quality of instructor and this comes across in Rick’s teaching methods.

Quick to praise and thank his students he’s also able to communicate a lot information very clearly indeed and makes good pointers on the actions being carried out.

Techniques are demonstrated in such a way that it’s easy to break them down and learn them whilst looking at the DVD itself and so makes this a great training aid for anyone who likes to do a good pad-work session in their training.

The combinations taught go from the basic to the advanced with some obviously being a bit more JKD/Thai than others. This is no way means that they’re not practical or valid techniques but might have some other stylists scratching their heads (the jam especially).

Price
At £24.99 this is an ideal price to pay for a DVD such as this. No matter what percussive style you study this is going to help you and your students build up a good repertoire. Get it

Criteria 

Score 

Comments

Ease of assembly 

20

None needed, just the way I like it!

Appearance  

17

Classic Summersdale, high quality and colourful.

Build Quality  

15

Just what I’d expect from Summersdale.

Usability  

17

You can take this anywhere really, so long as you have a player.

Price  

20

Good price for a quality and useful DVD. Stupid not to buy it.

Total  

89

What a great series. I want more!

 

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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