on March 7, 2006
This DVD is shot onsite at one of GM West's seminars in Austin, TX. The quality and sound are on par for what you'd expect for a seminar DVD, but the instruction is incredible. GM West teaches a wide array of techniques from joint locks to chokes to throws.
The camera work is great and the material is outstanding.
If you want to see what a GM West seminar is like or if you want to learn Hapkido techniques. This is definately a good find.
on March 12, 2006
You should get this DVD. It has a great deal of interesting material shorn of the breaks, and necessary downtime as Master West's victi...er...partners recover from his techniques. JR West is a showman, and for any practitioner of traditional Hapkido this DVD is a treat. Additionally for hard stylists such as TKD or Shotokan Karate, this is a nice introduction to a first class seminar on joint locks and pain compliance techniques.
It should be noted that this is a well edited live recording, so the sound may seem a little distracting to those use to studio DVD's, but that passes in a couple of minutes, and there is no issue understanding the dialogue, also, unlike many martial arts seminars, you will have one of the best seats in the house.
on March 11, 2006
As with most seminars, when you leave, you're lucky to remember one or two new moves the next day. Having been fortunate enough to attend this seminar, I am THRILLED to own the DVD and be able to learn ALL the techniques we covered. Great quality and EXCELLENT material. I highly recommend this to ANYONE who wants to expand their Hapkido knowledge from beginners to Masters!
on August 10, 2008
This dvd is a great resource. There is no wasted time, slow motion or techniques repeated over and over. If you are interested in joint locking technique, throws, and self defense from Hapkido you will get it here. Master West demonstrates everything well, and it is obvious that he is the real deal and a real gentleman. I hope to train with him in the future.