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    This dynamic instructional dvd will teach you step by step how to select and use the right martial arts and self-defense equipment for reality-based self-defense training. In this 90 minute instructional dvd, self-defense expert, Sammy Franco covers the following pieces of training workot equipment:

    • rope skipping
    • focus mitts
    • kicking shields
    • body opponent bag (BOB)
    • rattan kali sticks
    • baseball bats
    • training knives
    • training pistols
    • boxing gloves
    • digit gloves
    • shin guards
    • head gear
    • petroleum jelly
    • The war baby 
    • Includes lots of dynamic reality-based combat drills and demonstrations. Also by popular demand, video bloopers are also included in this video.

    DVD Details: USE IT OR LOSE IT: Self Defense Equipment Training is a multi regional dvd and will play anywhere in the world. Top audio and color quality. Approximate running time: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

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    Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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    Primer for new training tips
    5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    A great video that thinks outside of the box. I was looking for something to bring my workouts out of the 1990s and this gave some great training tips and ideas!

    Reviewer: Robert Michels (Howell, Michigan)

    One of a kind. Have not encountered a video on this topic. Anywhere!
    5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    I wish I had seen this years ago. Sammy Franco tells you what gear is necessary to have for training. Gear that is unnecessary, impractical or a waste of money is also disclosed. On top of all that, you get to see examples of how to use some of the gear properly. Especially the focus mitts. The focus mitt drills are great. I've spent/wasted over $2000 on gear that turned out to be unnecessary. It was either a complete waste of money or not practical when training in RBSD (Reality Based Self Defense). After watching this, I now have a clear picture of what gear I need, and how to incorporate it into my training. And the gear suggested will not break your bank either. Thank you Sammy Franco, for helping me stop wasting money on gear that is completely unnecessary to have!

    Reviewer: Zeker (Bay Area, California)

    It's No Longer A Confusing Matter
    5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    Finally, a no BS approach to what you need for Realty Based Self-Defense training! Other places would have you believe that you need to spend $1,000 plus on just the sparring gear alone. Mr. Franco sets you straight and also shows you how to properly use each of the training items to get the best results out of them. Thank you Mr. Franco for saving me hundreds of dollars (at least) and showing me what is truly necessary for training. No fluff, all truth.

    Reviewer: Vance Voyles (Milwaukie, Oregon)

    Reality Based Training, the Right Way
    5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    This not only shows you what training equipment there are on the market, but how to use them correctly in a number of drills to help you train for the streets. Mr. Franco expertly describes and demonstrates the proper way to use each piece of equipment, often in ways that are not immediately apparent, such as how petroleum jelly can be used to replicate blood and sweat when both training with the BOB or performing disarms with a partner. I cannot tell you how many times I have had to deal with a poor partner holding focus mitts incorrectly, so I can attest to how invaluable these demonstrations are. As an added bonus, this also provides an indirect reference for what brands of equipment to buy, since Mr. Franco only uses the best equipment for his students, albeit Mr. Franco does not personally endorse any one brand of product. Whether you are a seasoned fighter striving to improve himself further or a novice just getting started, this video will provide you with what you need to use and properly train with a multitude of different training implements.

    Reviewer: Hammad (Germantown, Maryland)

    Use it or Lose It
    4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    There's only so much you can learn by punching air. Any serious martial artist or reality-based self defense practitioner understands the need to have the right equipment. But it doesn't matter how great your equipment is if you don't know how to properly use it to maximize its benefit to your training. How to use a piece of equipment may be obvious, but how to use it WELL, and particularly how it can be used to hone the skills that are specific to street-fighting, is another question altogether. The way you train has to be the way you'll fight, or you're just wasting your time. Here, Sammy shows you all the equipment he recommends that you use for reality-based training and then shows you how best to use it with a street-fight in mind. What is taught is by no means obvious, and you'll see an immediate improvement in the way you train after watching it. Sammy also shows you what equipment he does NOT recommend and why it's not practical for reality training. I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 only because it teaches the use of equipment for low-line kicks. In the two years since the video was released, these attacks have been phased out of the CFA system. The time spent on this subject is relatively low, however, and the skills you are taught with all the rest of the equipment featured are absolutely crucial if you wish to become a serious fighter. Therefore my actual rating is 4.5, but you can't give half a star unfortunately. So if you're serious about reality training, get the right equipment and use it the right way. This will serve as your guide.

    Reviewer: Nico (Germantown, Maryland)

    Its creative
    5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    This is about using creative tools in order to hone your street skills, practical useful but its not just standard martial arts equipment. Its use of other tools that you can obtain from other places. It provides you with creative aspects for your training.

    Reviewer: mleone (Wesport, Connecticut)