Review – Randy Williams – Bot Jom Doh – Vol 2

Review – Randy Williams – Bot Jom Doh – Vol 2

Quick Summary:

This second volume of the Bot Jom Doh (Butterfly Knives), presents detailed instruction in the application of the knives in 24 sections “knives vs Knives” and 10 sections, where “Knives vs Pole.” A comparison is shown in how the Butterfly Knife postures and empty hand movements relate to the three basic forms in Wing Chun. Of further interest, an innovative approach is introduced using the wooden dummy as part of the applications training with an excellent discussion demonstrating the cutting principles in using the knives.

Comments on Production:

The presentation style in this video, is the same as in volume 1. Incidentally, one might experience pixelation while streaming. However, I’m not sure if this an artifact produced by the video streaming process itself or the operating speed of one’s computer. A 64 bit operating system in Windows 7 or 8 and the newer version Windows 10, shouldn’t present any streaming related problems.

Review Comments:

Review - Randy Williams - Bot Jom Doh Form – Vol 2I endorse the 14 sections showing how applications are used in “Knife vs Knife” and the 10 sections of the”Knife vs Pole,” under various combat scenarios. Seeing the options one has when defending against different types of weapons is an important aspect of training. A technique used to counter a combatant using the Butterfly Knives can be quite different in defending against one using a long heavy pole.

However, I still have reservations regarding how power movements are not shown using the knives. Some teachers, when they demonstrate a technique in demonstrating an empty hand form or a form using a weapon, do not show certain types of methods to hide the so-called secret application. Perhaps those types of methods are reserved for those expensive workshops, certificate programs or training conferences.

In this training video the sequences shown are important examples of applying technique. But they rely on aspects of training which are far deeper than merely demonstrating a system of movements. Weapons training in Wing Chun improves one’s ability using empty hand techniques. Consequently, using a weapon, sword or pole presents different problems in movement and balance, as one engages an opponent. This is where training with weapons provides the most benefit. However, it’s impractical to carry a weapon such as the butterfly swords on your person. Perhaps, one could learn how to hide them as the Shaolin Monks were capable of. In some states in the US carrying a knife longer than 3 inches and is concealed could be a felony, resulting in a heavy fine or jail time. And if one should use them, even in an act of self-defense, doesn’t necessary mean a person couldn’t be prosecuted.

Review Specifications:
Reviewer: George Hernandez
Presentation Title: Bot Jom Doh – Vol 2
Presenters: Randy Williams
Date: 5/15/2015

Technical Specifications:
Language: English
Format: DVD or Digital Download
DVD Format: NTSC Region 0
Resolution (download only): 720p
Running Time: 58 minutes

Ratings (1-5 scale):
Sound Quality: 4
Video Quality: 4
Total Production Score: 8

Subject/Instruction Rating
Subject matter: 5
Instruction Quality:5
Total Teaching Rating: 10

Reviewers Rating: 4
Total Score: 22/25 = 88%

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