Review – James Keating’s Comtech Trapping Vol.1 DVD

Review – James Keating’s Comtech Trapping Vol.1 DVD

What It’s About:

James Keating’s methods on trapping techniques based on the Wing Chun system.


In this DVD James Keating presents his trapping method, “advanced hand immobilization with high speed application.”  His presentation begins with a mini lecture complete with a whiteboard providing terminology to assist the novice in understanding the principles of trapping.

Keating blends various Asian fighting methods in what he regards as the best system of techniques in getting the job done. He does not discuss aspects of its application in the traditional way. If you’re approaching combat, strictly from a technical aspect, and want to see what can be accomplished using the basics of trapping forms, then this DVD is for you.

If you’re an experienced Wing Chun practitioner one could perhaps tweak Keating’s approach in using and teaching the techniques he demonstrates from a Wing Chun standpoint. That’s where this DVD has its real value for a solid Wing Chun practitioner. Or you can use the techniques as presented with their influence of other Asian arts – they are perfectly okay as is! It is up to you!

Technical Specifications:

Title: Comtech Trapping Vol.1
DVD Length: 1 hour 19 mins
Region: 0
Type: DVD-R
Format: NTSC
Video Quality: Average
Audio Quality: 3/5 (Average)

Content Overview:

  • Introduction
    • The Wooden Dummy
      • The different types of Mook Jong construction.
      • Differences in materials and leg construction.
      • Level arms vs uneven arms.
  • Contact and the opponent
    • First contact
      • Pulling and bringing in the opponent.
      • Turning in the waist.
      • The dummy’s contribution to recovery.
      • The Bong Sao and Wu Sao hands.
  • Linking actions
    • The feet
      • The two actions.
      • Noticing how the legs enter the dummy.
      • Creating an arch as you move forward.
      • The feeling of the dummy is a transition for the feet as well as for the arms and hands.
  • The position of the elbows in Wooden Dummy practice
    • The elbow in practice
      • Depends on the right distance.
      • Using movement to develop power.
      • Achieving the right angular position.
      • Using the Bong Sao and Quan Sao hand movement
      • Sinking of the elbow.
      • The difference between a low and high Bong Sao
  • Posture and Structure
    • Its contribution to stability in movement
    • What happens when posture and structure are incorrect?
  • Demonstrations
    • Defenses against kicks.
    • Using the Tan Sao hand.
    • Double kicks—blocking and attack.
    • Application against a tall person.
    • Using a sweeping kick in Wing Chun.

Reviewed by: George Hernandez
Date: May 05, 2011
DVD Bought from: (note, at the current time EWC is no longer carrying Keating’s DVDs).

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