Opinions on Rob Kaman instructional DVDs?
Century Martial Arts is having a sale on the Panther Productions titles they carry (Century bought out Panther some years ago). VHS tapes are $4.99 (though a lot of the VHS stuff is sold out already), DVDs are $9.99. Most of the stuff on sale looks to be crap, but they have a Rob Kaman muay thai series that looks pretty good -- you can see it here:
I've been doing a little kickboxing at the gym and had been thinking about getting a muay thai instructional DVD and this looks like a pretty comprehensive set and the price is right.
Have any of you guys seen this material? If so, would you recommend it?
Also, just FYI, there's a bunch of other muay thai (Maurice Smith, Pud Pad Noy Worawoot), kickboxing (Bill Wallace, Benny Urquidez), boxing (Steve Hurley), BJJ (Joe Moreira, Carlson Gracie) and MMA (Bas Rutten, Kimo, Mark Kerr) series on sale as well.
I've done a seminar with Rob Kaman before and have seen some of the tapes. Not only is this guy arguably the greatest kickboxer of all time, but also a great coach. Proof is fighters from Mejiro Gym in Holland and Brandon "The Truth" Vera.
Originally Posted by G.R. Bug
Besides the bag work DVD you will need a partner for the rest of them. Not as good as learning from the man himself but very informational and it will teach you alot of combos.
Last edited by Jo Vale Tudo; 11/27/2006 3:50am at .
yep ive seen it before and its very good. nothing flashy, just good demonstration of techniques that work by someone who knows their ****. for ten bucks its def worth getting.
probably worth getting the bas rutten one too if only because he is fucking hysterical.
yeah bas rutten's the man
It's pretty old and Rob doesn't do much talking, if at all. If I remember it's a voice over or something. He just demonstrates some techniques and then the editor slows it down and replays it.
There's not much explaination of the finer points to look out for. I didn't find it very helpful, but for 10 bucks.....
Maybe that's why they have to sell it at $10 to clear out the old stock.
thats what i meant by nothing flashy. maybe its just me but i feel the more talking that goes on in an instructional the worse it is. im a visual person, i learn by watching not by someone telling me about a technique.
I believe the exact opposite actually, I think the devil is in the details. It's the commentaries that make the difference between a great instructional and a crappy one.
To give you an example of what I mean, in some MT instructionals, like the ones from Fairtex (Alex Gong), he tells you little details to watch out for. Like always stepping out 45 degrees when you kick so you're not in the direct line for a cross. And leading with your shoulder when you kick. And chopping down when you do leg kicks instead of kicking in. Little tips like that which will really improve your sparring game.
In Kaman's tapes, I often see him punching with the thumb down. He doesn't explain why he does this, you have to figure out that he does this so that your shoulders roll up to protect your head. All you see is him demonstrating his techniques, you'll have to be pretty sharp or be experienced or very tenacious (to go rewind the tape again and again) to be able to pick up little things he does.
That's my review of it anyway. But for $10, what the hell.
i have a coach to tell me those things. if you need a dvd to tell you to step out when you kick you shouldnt be spending money on dvds you should be finding a coach. im more interested in watching things like their foot movement and hand positions etc than how to use a technique in a certain situation
My view is that nobody knows everything. That's why I buy DVDs, to learn things that my coach may miss out.
On stepping out before kicking, you'll be surprised that many fighters don't do it. They step straight in to do the thigh kick.
Originally Posted by PPlate
yeah i used it already recently, **** you. ive been drinking.