DVD reviews !

Discussion in 'Ninjutsu' started by Kikaku, May 8, 2006.

  1. Kikaku

    Kikaku Gakorai Tosha Akuma Fudo

    I recently purchased a selection of Soke's Daikomyosai DVD's from Quest, along with a slew of RVD DVD's just for the fun of it. I've only gotten through 3 of them so far, so I though I would post a few reviews accordingly.

    1) Richard Van Donk "Combat Ninjutsu".


    I was always a bit dubious about this one, so I took the description with a pinch of salt. In all honesty I was very disappointed with this one. I decided to watch it straight after Kung fu class with my instructor, since he's never seen or experienced Ninjutsu before. We put it on and immediately burst out laughing, when one of the opening scenes involved a dodgy looking biker dude sporting a Mullet, Bandana and huge Aviator style shades coming up behind RVD at an ATM machine. After pulling his "heat", RVD quickly and realistically subdues him. :D

    A montage of scenes followed involving very rough and choppy Taijutsu, which wasn't all that impressive or pleasing to the eye. (Now I understand that the theme is "combat Ninjutsu" so it's not always going to be smooth and sexy). I was quickly becoming embarrassed, since this was a bad first impression to be showing my teacher, hinting at switching to one of Soke's DVD's was on the cards, yet he was already late for an appointement. The DVD was worth it's weight in gold though, with one classic line :D RVD stretches his acting abilities to it's limits (i.e like Van Damme in Double impact, playing two roles at once) by applying/over acting out a technique which could have come straight out of Walker Texas Ranger, followed by looking straight at the camera with a huge Colgate smile and saying:

    " Was THAT realistic enough for ya ! ?" :D classic ! :D

    It's all downhill from there. Most of the techniques are shown by his senior students, and even some Kyu level students. It's mostly Judo style throws, nothing new, very choppy and forced so to speak. All in all, $30 USD for this DVD is paying WAY over the odds.


    I will post some Soke DVD reviews real soon, so far though, I've found them incredible ! extremely impressive.
     
    Last edited: May 8, 2006
  2. Keikai

    Keikai Banned Banned


    Jibran, do you know its wrong to have two profiles??? :D

    Are you sure thats John out there???
     
  3. Kikaku

    Kikaku Gakorai Tosha Akuma Fudo

    What you on about Greg, you crack head ? :)
    Did I say something wrong ? I'm on about these DVD's :

    http://www.ninjutsu.com/store/home.php?cat=166
     
  4. Keikai

    Keikai Banned Banned

    I'm just giving you the spade to dig yourself deeper... :eek:

    I hope you never meet Van Dork in Japan!!!!
     
  5. Kikaku

    Kikaku Gakorai Tosha Akuma Fudo

    LOL :D My girlfriend actually thought the RVD DVD's were porn !.
    She said, "Who is this Van Donk ?, sounds like a dodgy pornstar name" :D

    On a serious note though, do you happen to know who that English Judan is, who is in most of the Daikomyosai's ? He's slim and has short black hair, and has a Scouse (Liverpool) accent. I was very impressed at how solid his technique is, and his flow transitions. wow :eek:
     
    Last edited: May 8, 2006
  6. Senban

    Senban Banned Banned

    Sounds like Brin Morgan to me. I believe he's a 15th Dan.
     
  7. Frodocious

    Frodocious She who MUST be obeyed! Moderator Supporter

    It sounds like Brin to me too and, yes, he is a 15th Dan.
     
  8. JibranK

    JibranK Valued Member

    huh?
     
  9. Keikai

    Keikai Banned Banned

    Sorry Jib,

    John puts his foot in it more than you, i thought he was you!!! :D
     
  10. Krum

    Krum The Walking Bruise


    That is definitely Brin Morgan, my teachers teacher and the big cheese who runs Shadow Warrior dojos. :D

    http://www.bujinkanmanchester.co.uk/brin.htm
     
    Last edited: May 9, 2006
  11. Kikaku

    Kikaku Gakorai Tosha Akuma Fudo

  12. Keikai

    Keikai Banned Banned

    Will you be giving us your critique of Brin next John??? :cry:
     
  13. Kikaku

    Kikaku Gakorai Tosha Akuma Fudo

    Nah, I thought I would leave that to you ;) . What's wrong you don't agree with my analysis of Ricky Van Donk ?
     
  14. Keikai

    Keikai Banned Banned

    Hey, i have just caused enough trouble lately, could do without another bout!! ;) :D
     
  15. Kikaku

    Kikaku Gakorai Tosha Akuma Fudo

    Go on...Tell us how you really feel :p
     
  16. Keikai

    Keikai Banned Banned

    i am not really fussed by him, must be mellowing out lately as what he does is up to him, if he looks a nob then he looks a nob, nothing i say will change anything, same for SKH, does my opinion matter to him? i doubt it, some people are built to make money, as long as i have enough to go on hols twice a year i am not fussed.

    ****ing up the wall i think is the comment i am looking for, pointless as it only splashes on your trainers!! :D

    I think there is enough bad info on here for people to read and see and make judgment of teachers they may be interested in.
     
  17. Kikaku

    Kikaku Gakorai Tosha Akuma Fudo

    LOL :D

    I reserved judgement on him untill I actually got hold of some of some of his material. I must say though, I agree with the statements most people throw at him. He is a bit of a snake oil salesman with a mask ! :eek:
     
  18. saru1968

    saru1968 New Member


    I've seen thw 9th Kyu to Shodan material.

    Would be nice if reshot and updated and more info.

    Would i train that way, no.

    Does that mean its of no value? Well students that have no access to an Instructor might think so.

    Certainly a Shodan by Home study will not have the aquired knowledge of a Shodan trained by an Instructor in a Dojo.

    I've never trained with the guy so i can't possibly comment on training ability but he does seem like a happy chappy.
     
  19. Keikai

    Keikai Banned Banned

    He needs to get rid of that rats tail though!!
     
  20. saru1968

    saru1968 New Member

    problem with that is that it will prob never grow back.

    :)
     

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