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Lock On: Joint Locking Essentials Volume 3: Shoulder Locks with Alain Burrese
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Label: Aiki Productions
Manufacturer: Aiki Productions
Publisher: Aiki Productions
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Release Date: 2007-12-20
Studio: Aiki Productions

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Lock On: Joint Locking Essentials With Alain Burrese The Comprehensive Guide to Joint Locks Volume 3: Shoulder Locks

Joint locks are some of the most versatile techniques found in martial art curriculums. They can be used submit opponents, control rowdy people, or injure attackers, making them ideal for various self-defense and violent encounters, and a must for anyone working in law enforcement or security. Unfortunately, they can also be some of the most difficult techniques to learn and master. That is until now. The Lock On: Joint Locking Essentials series is a comprehensive guide to joint locks and one of the most complete programs available for practical joint locking information. In this original Aiki Productions DVD series, Hapkido and Self-defense instructor Alain Burrese presents detailed instruction on the mechanics of each lock, proper execution, and various applications to enable the viewer to learn the essentials of applying joint locks in any situation. This program is a must for every serious student of martial arts and self-defense.

Volume 3: Shoulder Locks includes detailed instruction on a variety of shoulder locks, including: an explanation of the shoulder, raising arm locks, pulling shoulder locks, various chicken wing locks, figure four locks, and more. If you want to take your joint locking ability to the next level, you must have Lock On: Joint Locking Essentials Volume 3: Shoulder Locks.

Easy access menus. Running length approx: 90 minutes

Alain Burrese's martial art and self-defense career started in 1982, and includes living and training in South Korea where he continues to return and train on a regular basis. He teaches Self-defense, Safety, and Martial Art programs around the country and his previous works include Hard-Won Wisdom From the School of Hard Knocks, Hapkido Hoshinsul, Streetfighting Essential, and Hapkido Cane.

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Summary: Another outstanding edition to the Lock On series
Comment: As with the rest of the "Lock On" series, this DVD is elegantly done with quality production, clear sound, good contrast between the people and background settings, and outstanding camera angles so that viewers can easily tell what is going on.

Burrese's instructions are clear, straightforward, and precise, making it easy to understand all the important points. He is really an outstanding communicator and clearly a very proficient instructor. If you have been exposed to this type of thing before, the pacing is just right; minimal explanation with maximum demonstration. It is "chaptered" well too, so if any section goes by too quickly you can always skip back and replay it again.

The material is very well organized too, beginning with an explanation of the structure of the shoulder and then quickly moving into a variety of techniques. It is a great overview with enough depth that you can practice what you have learned with a partner afterward. Contents include raising shoulder locks, pulling shoulder locks, "chicken wing" locks and variations thereof, bent arm shoulder locks, and "figure-four" locks.

These applications can be used offensively or defensively in a variety of situations in the ring and/or on the street. Previously covered principles, footwork, and blocks from earlier DVDs are once again incorporated in this one so there is a single thread from volume to volume with a logical build of the materials. These techniques are common to most fighting styles and will benefit nearly anyone from traditional practitioners to modern mixed martial artists.

Burrese moves well, explains clearly, demonstrates effectively, and ensures that viewers truly understand the materials. While no DVD can be a substitute for hands-on instruction, this one is so good that it's the next best thing to being there, solid, practical instruction that can be invaluable for practitioners of most any martial style. Very well done!

Lawrence Kane
Author of Martial Arts Instruction and Surviving Armed Assaults; co-author of The Way of Kata and The Way to Black Belt

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Summary: Superb Set for Hapkido and other Martial Arts Instructors
Comment: Volume 3 "Shoulder Locks"

The third installment of the "Lock On" series continues the high standards set by the previous two volumes. The production qualities are good, with nice contrast in the background and people, and with good sound quality. There are a few barely noticeable editing errors, but they do not detract in any way from the overall outstanding quality of the DVD.

For me, the organization of the material is the strongest selling point. In contrast to other instructional DVDs that present a wide variety of disparate techniques to deal with a specific situation, the "Lock On" DVDs present a core technique, sometimes with variations, and show a student how to apply that technique in a variety of situations. The difference is that the focus is now on the technique instead of the situation, allowing for a deeper exploration of that specific technique and how to use it. And, by incorporating previously covered blocks, footwork, and principles, it reinforces a more spiraled curriculum that builds upon itself.

On its own, volume 3 could be a very useful resource in developing a deeper understanding of shoulder locks. The entire set (so far) looks like it will be fairly comprehensive and will serve as a great resource for learning how to use these locks as well as a great resource for picking up tips on how to teach them. I'd recommend this volume, as well as the whole set, for students and instructors of arts with similar joint locks and I would especially recommend this set to Hapkido practitioners who may be tired of seeing Hapkido "instructional" tapes that look more like a simple demonstration instead of an examination of the "nuts and bolts" of how these things work. This is a superb resource.

Introduction (1 minute) and Explanation of Shoulder (3 minutes) -
These two sections are straight to the point. Mr Burrese doesn't waste words giving an overview of the DVD and then showing how the shoulder works the way it does. These basic principles and concepts are constantly referred to throughout the volume.

Raising Arm Lock (20 minutes) -
The first technique is fairly basic and is shown from a same side wrist grab, a punch defense, and as an initiated attack. The commentary and examples remind and stress the inclusion of accompanying strikes, blocks and footwork (a concept carried throughout the volume very well). During this section, a different technique is introduced as well and is shown against clothing grabs, cross arm grabs, and as a punch defense. This is the only area where it seems like there may have been an editing oversight. Regardless, the material is good.

Pulling Shoulder Lock (12 minutes) -
This technique is shown from a same side wrist grab, clothing grab, cross hand grab, 2 hands on 1 wrist, punch defense, from a clinch and as an initiated attack.

Chicken Wing (11 minutes) and Chicken Wing Variation (17 minutes) - These techniques are shown from a same side wrist garb, 2 handed shoulder grab, punch defense, from a clinch, as an initiated attack, from a rear choke, and include some interesting variations.

Bent Arm Shoulder Lock (12 minutes) (with "v" lock variations) - shown from a same side wrist grab, punch defense, sleeve grab, clinch, punch defense, and as an initiated attack.

Figure-4-Lock (7 minutes) - shown from a cross hand grab, punch defense, and fro a wider punch (2).

Conclusion (2 minutes) - this is a quick wrap-up that gives some great tips and a promise of more to come!

Total Time - About 88 minutes

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Summary: Another fantastic DVD in the Lock On Joint Locking Essentials series!
Comment: As I sat down to review this DVD in the Lock On series, I found that I was going to have a difficult time writing this review as the basics of this DVD are exactly the same as the previous two volumes Lock On: Joint Locking Essentials Volume 1: Wrist Locks with Alain Burrese and Lock On: Joint Locking Essentials Volume 2: Arm Bars & Elbow Locks with Alain Burrese, which in and of itself is a fantastic thing. Therefore a lot of my review is going to be a partial repeat of my previous two reviews on volumes one and two in the Lock On series. So without further ado here is my review on this DVD.

One of the first things that jumped out at me from the onset when I started watching Alain's "Lock On" series of DVD's was the simple yet effective approach that he took in the production and presentation of this series of DVD's. My initial impression was one of being in an actual seminar environment while Alain was teaching instead of merely watching an instructional DVD. You won't find any pointless or ineffective "bells and whistles" with this series; instead what you will find is good quality instruction covering a wide array of joint locking techniques. This particular DVD focuses on shoulder locking techniques.

Alain's ability to instruct you on these simple, yet effective shoulder locking techniques is the hallmark of a good instructor and it certainly shows in this series. Alain's approach is straightforward and easy to follow as he takes you through each shoulder lock numerous times in order to teach you how to execute each technique correctly. Alain takes great care in his teachings to explain to you how some of these techniques, although they may appear to be ineffective, can actually be quite effective if applied under the right set of circumstances.

I just finished watching this exceptionally well done instructional video that just so happens to be volume three in the Lock On: Joint Locking Essentials series by Alain Burrese. Like his two previous volumes, Alain goes into great detail in showing you how to utilize several different shoulder locking techniques in order to gain control over an opponent.

One item of particular note that I found very profound in this particular volume, was Alain's statement at the beginning of the video that he was going to spend more time showing you, the student, the various shoulder locks and their applications rather than showing the same technique several times and in slow motion. Alain explained his reasoning behind this by informing the viewer that they could simply "rewind" the DVD and play any particular portion that they wanted to review again, rather then wasting precious recording time explaining the same technique over and over and also showing the same technique in slow motion. As Alain reasoned, this would give you, "more bang for your buck."

As I watched Alain in this volume in the Lock On series, I was once again struck by his very effective and easy to understand way of teaching, the hallmark of an excellent instructor and a true martial artist.

One of the most important things that I liked about not only this volume, but the first two volumes as well, is Alain's strong emphasis on incorporating the joint techniques he shows you with other techniques such as; punching, kicking, throwing, etc.

Another one of the important things that Alain does in this series of DVD's is to really explain the finer points of each of the techniques that he demonstrates. This is of great importance as it is usually the little things that end up making or breaking the correct execution of a particular technique.

Here is a list of the shoulder locks that Alain demonstrates in this DVD:

1. Raising Shoulder Lock
2. Pulling Shoulder Lock
3. Chicken Wing
4. Variation of the Chicken Wing
5. Bent Arm Shoulder Lock
6. Figure 4 Lock

In addition to showing you the above listed shoulder locks, Alain also shows you over 35 different defenses against a variety of attacks utilizing the 6 shoulder locks listed above.

This series is without a doubt one of the most comprehensive collections of DVD's to show the finer points of joint techniques in an easy to understand and technically precise manner. I would highly recommend any and all of the volumes in the Lock On series.

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