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Ultimate Training: Beginner Competition Sai

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Product Description

This particular title, Ultimate Training: Beginner Competition Sai, is a comprehensive DVD teaching incredibly impressive competition style sai. This title will build the foundation for your competition sai training. Here is a quick overview of what you will learn: intro to sai (what type to get, where to hold, basic principles), beginner techniques (blocks, punches, stabs, slashes, and more), beginner competition form (amazing competition style sai form).

About the Actor

Michael Hodge has been studying the martial arts since age seven, and has earned the rank of 2nd black belt in sung moo kwan tae kwon do, American style nunchakus, and American bo. In addition, he has had extensive training with martial arts legends in the styles of: aikido, hapkido, jiu-jitsu, judo, wushu, escrima sticks, sais, kamas, sword, and other various arts. He has won regional tournaments, starred in commercials, and is an active martial arts school owner and instructor.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Michael Hodge
  • Directors: Michael Hodge
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Hodgyma
  • DVD Release Date: March 10, 2008
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014TI0LM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,240 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By V. Mawhinney on January 11, 2013
My partner started training with Sai when younger and really wanted to get back in to it, unfortunately we were unable to find classes in our city and so we searched for DVDs instead.

We came across Sensei Michael Hodge and after doing some background research, I was convinced this DVD would prove not only to be useful but worth the money.

Previous reviewers may say that Sensei Michael Hodge is young, but my experience of martial arts (my cousin reached 2nd dan black belt in karate before he was a teenager, won many tournaments and has many trophies) his age is not a negative factor at all, in fact, he is extremely talented and knowledgeable in his field of expertise. As far as the price goes, what you are learning from this DVD, if you attended classes you would be paying a lot more!

For those of you who know nothing of the history of Sai and simply want to learn a new skill or something that will make you look flashy in front of friends, think again! There is more to sai than looking like a cosplay character or Elektra! Sai is a disciplined art form which takes great practice, patience and above all RESPECT!

Sensei Michael Hodge starts by explaining what size, shape and the different metals Sai come in. You simply do not purchase any type of Sai, you need to know what size fits your arm and what metal is best for what you want to do with them.
Sensei Michael Hodge goes on to explain how to hold your Sai correctly - referred to as "grips" this is one of the most critical foundations, if you cannot hold your Sai correctly, you have no business progressing until you have mastered this, as there is a high chance you will end up hurting yourself or someone else around you, remember Sai are a weapon!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wesley McKee II on September 12, 2010
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Its basically the only one I found but a little pricey for what you get its a good product but learning from him you just get the feeling he's just a kid and not many strong motions its jus whatever considering its one of the only updated sai versions on the market.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kendra Bruce on January 14, 2010
I was given this DVD to learn to train with sais. It's a very non-complex and step-by-step DVD that will definitely help you learn how to use sais. Any beginners wanting to learn should buy this DVD!
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By JG on December 30, 2014
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it gives a very basic but yet necessary and thorough understanding of this often misunderstood weapon.
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