C D Wetzelberger | louisville, ky United States | 01/17/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Teaches the T'ai-chi-ch'uan version of eagle claw. This shows the form clearly from all angles at diffrent speeds. This video also show how the movements are used in combat. Why then 3 stars? First the self defense applications part is very fast cut seens between a slow speed showing of each move of the form. The form itself is explained well, the self defense part is not explained at all. IT just says "self - defense" and shows the master using the move just shown in combat. This shows basically how to do the move, however, Eagle claw uses a lot of pressure point attacks as i understand it. None of these pressure point attacks are explained. If one has prevous knowledge of pressure points, this might not totally ruin the video. If your not farmiluar with them, then don't expect this video to explain them, becuase it does not. IF he is using pressure point attacks during the self defense part to preform some of the moves, or not,is unknown becuase it is not explained. One move for instence he reachs underneath the aggressors arm i assume he is grabing the pressure point there, but it is not explained, which would limit that perticular moves usefullness.Intresting video, just recognize its limitations before purchasing."
David Weis | N.Y., USA | 05/26/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am a T'ai-chi person and happened to see this video. I was just amazed and got a copy more for the exercise than the fighting (though it is incredible for that, too). The tape itself is well made and the movements are shown clearly and step-by step. At the beginning, the stances and hand positions are explained in detail. It is an astounding way to exercise and I'm sure that few could compete against it as a martial art."
Very good introduction to this system
David C Spingler III | Tallahassee, Florida United States | 10/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Firstly, this has got to be one of the most put together instructional tapes from Bob Klein as far as production goes, all parts of the set are shown clearly and Mr. Tseng performs it expertly. The content consists only of a basic set from a Tai Chi based Eagle Claw system. There is no history provided on this particular variation, nor any warm up routine or any kind of sparring set. It is presented in a no nonsense fashion from start to finish, repeated at different speeds and angles interspersed with quick examples of application here and there. The only voice we hear in this video is Bob Klein explaining what we see Mr. Tseng performing. This video would be easy for one who already practices kung fu to understand and learn from, however, beginners should first find a sifu to learn basic principles common to all systems in kung fu. Keep in mind also that while this video provides the viewer with a solid foundation to build upon, supplementary books or videos will be necessary to fully grasp some of the techniques presented here. One last thing, you should only get this if you don't have a sifu in your area that teaches Eagle Claw kung fu, however, no video or book can fully replace a real teacher and if you truly want to progress as a kung fu practitioner you will eventually have to find one that teaches the system you want to learn."
Quick and ruthless
Eduardo J. Flores | Laredo, Texas United States | 07/13/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this video along with tiger and snake kung fu. these 3 systems are a great combination of soft,hard,fast. This eagle claw form is very energetic! You must have great endurance. I think for this reason I was able to learn the form in under a week. never the less its not easy. Its easy to learn but hard to do. practice makes perfect."
Not Impressive at all!
Brian Cherico | NY | 04/02/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I never like to put anyone down! But this particular video bothered me when I saw it. Now, as a Shaolin Stylist, Shorinji Kempo 1st Dan, and Wu Shu performer, I'd like to give my honest and humble opinion of this video. First off, I think the form itself is sloppy, slow, none athletic and just down right ugly to look at, and as for the self defence applications, these two Jokers would get hurt if they tried this insulting bull on the streets of any tough urban city! This video along with ESPY's Dragon Kung fu series is only good for a hard laugh. Nuf Said...."