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Be Your Own Bodyguard for Women - Self Defense
Be Your Own Bodyguard for Women - Self Defense
Genres: Special Interests, Educational
NR     2004     1hr 30min

Be Your Own Bodyguard is a self-defense course is like no other. Learn, hands-on, practical and effective self-defense techniques. This course covers the physical, emotional and psychological aspects of self-defense incl...  more »


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Creator: Robert Cabral
Genres: Special Interests, Educational
Sub-Genres: Special Interests, Educational
Studio: byob prod
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 04/01/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Be Your Own Bodyguard for Women-Self Defense
T. M. Bappe | Ontario, Oregon | 03/26/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I am a martial artist of over 21 years. I am an instructor in Combat Hapkido and have studied various styles. I own several instructional videos on different Martial Arts and Self Defense Instruction. One rater wondered if they had bought a good video or not because it was her first one. I'll assure you that this is a good video. For the most part the quality is great as is the filming.

I was impressed with this DVD course. I liked the format. I liked the idea that he used an inexperienced woman in this DVD. Although I do know it takes more than just watching a video to learn Self Defense, (mainly practicing techniques and preventative measures) I still believe that there was a lot of very good informative material in this video. 99% of Self Defense is awareness and prevention (not putting yourself in a bad situation if you can avoid it) and you'll see this in this video. He teaches many important lessons that all women and men should know. The weapons in the purse was a great addition, (other weapons are all over your house). After watching this video, maybe you will begin to see the world a little differently. If you do, then a large part of the Self Defense battle will be won, (awareness). What is going on around you! You're important, watch out for your safety!

I watched this with my wife, she liked it. She was saying things like, "If that happened to me, I'd do this." Well, it got her thinking. That is what is important, thinking!!!

Great things are stressed in this video, important things that all women should know. The price of this DVD is reasonable. It is my feeling that if I buy an instructional video and I have learned even one thing that I could use one day then it was worth every penny. If you know absolutely nothing about Self Defense then you will get something out of this DVD that you can use. You're money will not be wasted, I promise.

Why a four rating? I was hoping to see her shown some of the striking techniques on a target of some sort. I know how important it is to actually practice techniques if you do ever have to use them. You would have seen a great difference in her striking the assailant. It is one thing to strike someone that is standing relatively still, but another to strike someone actively trying to hurt you. This may take practice. This is still a great DVD with sound advice beyond striking. Buy it!
3 stars for Technical Production 5 Stars for content...
Kay F Gibbs | Chapel Hill, NC United States | 02/10/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Robert Cabral does a great job at covering most of the potential situations that can occur, showing you how to protect yourself if you are attacked. He also offers helpful tips on what not to do and how to protect your personal information. After you see about 30 minutes of the DVD and you see how big the trainer is compared to Cabral, you start to realize that if you were ever attacked by someone his size, you would hardly stand a chance of getting away unless you are willing to really hurt your attacker and Cabral does stress this in the DVD. He shows the participant how to overcome those barriers, but that is more mental programming. When I decided to buy it I thought this DVD might be about the mental aspects as opposed to the physical aspects of self protection, it is rather a combination. I really liked the part where Cabral goes through the participants handbag, showing her various items she can use to ward off an attacker and again this all boils down to letting go of the fear of using those things to hurt someone if you have to. Having used an untrained participant helps you to see how you might react in any of the situations presented and not how you think you might react. This is a +++++. Maybe women should get the men's version also.

The biggest complaint I have about this DVD is the technical aspects. The lighting at the beginning is terrible. Many of the scenes in the first few minutes are washed out and you can barely see what's going on. By washed out I mean that the camera lighting was too bright and it washed out the scene quite a bit. At one point you can't tell the participants blue shirt from the glaring white light, as in too much lighting. It gets better after about 5 minutes but there are a few scenes further into the DVD with the same problem. There is also a scene where the camera man is filming through what appears to be a car window and it must have just rained or something as the glass is spotted and doesn't exactly obscure the section but makes it difficult to focus on what they are doing. It doesn't seem they edited the production at all after it was completed. Adjusting my set didn't help and having paid $26.00 I expected much better. This was obviously a low budget production.

While the content is more than adequate for teaching you what not to do and how to get away from an attacker, it lacks in the technical quality you get from a movie on DVD. I can't recommend an alternative as this is the first of its kind I have purchased. I'm considering returning it, however I would like to emphasize again that the content and its presentation is very well done and extremely helpful and why I hestitate. I could get something much worse."
rich at the beach | California | 10/28/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I bought this DVD for my wife a few weeks ago. She sat down and watched it right away, although a little reluctant. She thought she could never learn self defense from a DVD, but found out that SHE COULD.

The course is very easy to understand, but more importantly, it covers many topics that don't involve fighting. There are so many tips that we both learned to keep safe, I'm ordering the Men's Course today!"
I've Learned So Much-- 5 Stars
Carmen CH | Switzerland | 02/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I imagine like most women, I was reluctant, at first, to watch a DVD on Self Defense, but I did so at the recommendation of a friend of mine who had purchased this video. Roberts approach to teaching is quite different from what I expected. I felt at ease and was able to understand what he meant in his descriptions and explanations. I thought it was very interesting that the person he taught in the course was a beginner too, and I was able to follow along and see the mistakes that she made, and that I would make and how Robert corrected them. A good thing with this course was the way it explains everything, there is a small screen that appears inside the lessons that guides you along and explains everything; I thought this was a very good idea. The lessons went through so much that watching it once is just not enough. The video covers self defense techniques (hands on), as well as preventative measures that I have employed around my house and there is a great section where Robert goes through the woman's purse and explains how to use common items as self defense weapons.

Another good feature about the DVD is that there are menus that allow me to watch only the techniques or jump from lesson to lesson as I wish. I've watched the DVD several times, and the one time I did have a question I e-mailed the course and Robert himself e-mailed me back directly the answer to my question. NOW THAT'S CUSTOMER SERVICE! Bravo Robert, I'm telling all my friends about this video.
I've watched the DVD several times, and the one time I did have a question I e-mailed the course and Robert himself e-mailed me back directly the answer to my question. NOW THATS CUSTOMER SERVICE! Bravo Robert, I'm telling all my friends about this video."