Company: Paladin Press
Tape Name: Safe In The Street
Tape Cost: $14.95
of Tape/Time: 50 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: Concepts
Refund on damaged or defective tapes only
Experiences in dealing with this company:
Fantastic. Great customer service.
The Instructor: Marc MacYoung
Address: PO Box 1307, Boulder, Colorado 80306
Company's Phone Number: 303-443-7250
Main Grading Criteria
Instructors demonstrated skill level: 9
Comprehension Score: 10
to which this will make someone a better Martial Artist: 10
Score on delivery
Wasted Time ( The higher the number, the less " fluff "):
Playback Score/Watching it over-and-over again): 10
Would I purchase more
of this company's products: 10
Overall grade based on cost vs value: 10
Total: 98 %
Secondary Grading Criteria
Time to benefit: Immediate
need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None
As martial artists,
we all spend alot of time learning how to defend ourselves. Yet how much time do
we spend learning to defuse a situation before it begins? Most martial arts schools
I've visited, spend VERY little time on avoidance training. Instead, we spend years
training ourselves physically, learning to use this technique or that one. Why shouldn't
we spend as much time learning how to avoid, out-think, or effectively talk our way
out of potentially harmful situations?
I'm sure there are some macho types
out there saying, "Yeah, so what? I'd love someone to try and do something.
I've been waiting for years to use this stuff." Believe it or not, I actually
once took training from, and knew, quite a few martial artists like that. But against
a gun, knife, or 3 or more assailants? Come on! Do you really want to test your training
in a life and death situation? As my pappy always said, "There's always someone
out there bigger, stronger, faster, more skilled, and better equipped than you. And
how do you know it's not your attacker?" Wouldn't it be much better to prevent,
avoid, or run from, a potentially hostile situation?
Heck, if an attacker
wanted me to hand over my watch, money, keys, credit cards, etc., I'd do it, and
I suggest you do the same. It's not worth you getting cut or shot over.
I'm not as concerned about what an attacker might do to me, as I am what OUR LEGAL
SYSTEM might do! The idea of 12 people having the authority to decide whether or
not I used "excessive force" on someone, and subsequently deciding how
much money I should pay a criminal, or how much time I should spend in jail, scares
me alot more than any attacker! And I say it's not worth the risk of having that
take place. So if you can walk away from a situation, by giving a criminal whatever
he wants, do so!
You know what's really funny? 10 years ago when I was practically
penniless, I though I was one of those macho types, and I went around thinking, "Bring
him on, let's say what he's got". Funny how a few more years of martial arts
training, creating a life for oneself, having a really nice job, a couple of cars,
a home, some very nice expensive toys, etc., and remembering what your pappy said,
will change ones way of thinking. Unfortunately that's something I'm sure many folks
will have to grow into to understand. Just like I had too! : )
too hard to get what I have, and I don't want to lose any of it. To me, there's no
fight worth getting into that risks me losing my possessions, or my freedom! Why
would any sane person allow a scuffle like that to take place, so that 12 unknown
people can decide the fate of their freedom and finances? Wouldn't it be better to
run away and prevent that from happening?
Besides, a jury won't REALLY KNOW
what happened. They'll make a guess based on the evidence and testimony. And if it's
your word, versus some lying criminals, and their shyster attorney, guess who the
opposing legal team is going to say the criminal and victim are? That's right, no
matter what really happened, you will more than likely be portrayed as the criminal,
and your attacker, the victim. And even though we would all like to think and believe
TRUTH WILL PREVAIL, there is ABSOLUTELY NO GUARANTEE that will happen, or things
will go your way! Just look at the recent outcomes in our nations courtrooms, they
are extremely shocking to say the least!
As this video suggests, the legal
and financial risks for taking on an attacker are very real. I'm sure we've all heard
lots of stories in which someone defended themselves, using what they though was
reasonable force, a court decides otherwise, the victim ends up being sued, the criminal
wins a huge monetary settlement, or worse, the victim ends up going to jail, and
the criminal is released. Doesn't the thought of that just make you furious? We live
in a very screwed up world folks!
This video really is an eye opener, and
suggests that the criminal has many things in their favor. As law abiding citizens,
and martial artists, we're at somewhat of a disadvantage, and there is a very fine
line we must walk in which we must act legally, responsibly, with reasonable force,
and even more importantly, know when we can legally begin our attack/defense. But
how many of us really know where that fine line begins and ends? Do you know what
signs to look for that might indicate a situation is about to go bad? And do you
have a step-by-step process to analyze any given situation, know what stage it's
in, and based on that stage, how best it should be dealt with? These are but a few
of the things talked about in this video.
Thank God, Marc MacYoung and Paladin
Press put out a video like this. It's jam packed with quite a few ideas and concepts
that I bet many martial artists either forgot, haven't heard of, or don't think about.
Not only is this video well organized and scripted, but the viewer is given many
step-by-step guidelines on how to recognize, avoid, prevent, out-think, and deal
with hostile situations. In fact, before you spend several hundred dollars on your
next hot-new-video-series-of-the-month, I'd strongly suggest you spend $14.95 on
this tape. All those hot-new-techniques may be great, but until you "have them
down", why not learn how to walk away safely from a situation, with everything
you own, and your freedom, intact?