As mentioned, only eight techniques are examined but the total running time of over two hours hints at the wealth of detail to be discovered. Each technique has its own (very easy to navigate) page and within this framework the potential student has multiple inter-linked options, the whole providing a complete dissection of the technique in the most comprehensive audio/visual manner. Everything is shot using five cameras therefore the technique is displayed from a variety of angles and ranges, even the demo section benefiting from 3 separate angles. The instructional aspect is handled very much as a class environment, with Alun demonstrating and talking through the technique as it is repeated from varying angles.
So far par for the course but where the DVD really ex cells is in the extra features that can be found for each technique, notably the simple but very effective flip technique mode that instantly reverses the action. Added to this is a commentary track that imparts valuable additional information that would be too ‘wordy’ for the instructional section but really adds an extra dimension to the viewers understanding of the technique.
If this were not enough there is the magazine style slide-show that further breaks down the technique and a unique ‘Matt’ man, giving a biological insight into the effect the strikes and locks have anatomically on bones, muscle and tissue. The result is a technique that is explored thoroughly both practically and theoretically to provide an in-depth rather than surface understanding of the mechanics involved.
It almost sounds too good to be true but ‘Total Body Defence’ really is that slick, professional and informative. There’s even icing on the cake, in the form of a number of extra features, including defence against gun and knife and, before I hear you groan, Alun is at pains to point out that defence against such weapons is a controversial area and insists that his techniques are not a guaranteed solution rather they offer the viewer slightly better odds in a genuinely life-threatening situation.
To conclude, this is the best DVD I have seen in terms of presentation, content and technical achievement and ‘Total Body Defence’ is the perfect fusion of technique and technology creating the ultimate inter-active training aid. Knowing the time and energy that has gone into the production of this DVD, all I can say is the old-adage really is true-“good things come to those that wait.”
Martial Arts Journalist/TV Commentator
“As a Krav Maga instructor I can see in Master Alun’s techniques the same direct, no-nonsense, approach we advocate. His counters are direct and deadly, delivering maximum force in minimal time. His soft spoken manners and gentlemanly behavior show his true character as one who believes in people’s right for safely and security. I found his DVD to be exceptionally well put together, with clear and concise explanations and excellent use of the latest technology.”
Moshe Katz, 4th dan, IKI Krav Maga