Interesting advice but not practical against Taekwon-Do
W. McMillin | Texas | 01/01/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"There is some interesting advice on this tape but not for Taekwon-Do nor any other kind of Karate sparring. The instructor wants you to face your opponent in a forward stance similar to boxing but never explains how this is of benefit when fighting. No one should stand that open when your opponent will be throwing combinations of punches and kicks. His advice is how to defend against a single kick or punch. When was the last time someone threw a single kick or punch against you? He wants you to open your fighting stance so you are in a similar style to a boxer... just try kicking from that position. There is no way to kick from that position and no way to effectively use a side kick. Side kicks are the most effective kick in Taekwon-do/Karate and to lose that is to be effectively shut down.
I will admit that some of the blocking advice is practical and should be practiced when both sparring or fighting. This is not worth the price of the dvd/tape.
Please look at the reviews of the other reviewers of this dvd/tape. They are just giving positive reviews to everything this company puts out. Please be careful with reviews and always check what else the reviewer has written.
Do not buy. There are better TKD/Karate instructional tapes/dvds."
Important for tournament competitors
Carl Weis | NY | 04/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Robert Lyons explains and instructs theory, footwork, stances, kicks, punches and combinations in the Tae-Kwon-Do system. He shows how to use this knowledge to gain advantage in tournaments by using a wider range of skills gained from other martial arts styles, while still adhering to the Tae-Kwon-Do rules of the tournament."