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Reality Based Training, the Right Way
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.
Use it or Lose It
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.