Monday, September 6, 2010

Beginner's Karate DVD-Review and Giveaway!! (Turtle Press)

My brothers and I have been trying to learn Karate for some time now. With all the traveling we do, it's just not feasible to attend classes right now. So, the best alternative we've found is using instructional dvds. Books are great, but there's so much you pick up on when you're actually watching someone perform the kick/punch, etc. A book only shows so much! So, I was thrilled when Turtle Press sent me the Beginner Karate dvd to review!  This dvd features instructor Mike Reeves-a 7th degree black belt in Isshinryu Karate, and a 10-time World Champion and World Record holder in breaking. Wow! Definitely a qualified instructor!  The dvd is 65 minutes long, and takes you step-by-step through the basics of Isshinryu Karate, inlcuding:

  • Basic Terminology
  • Counting in Japanese
  • Making a fist correctly
  • Basic Strikes (5 strikes)
  • Basic Blocks (3 blocks)
  • 9 Basic Kicks
  • Fundamental Blocking and striking combinations (these are a lot of fun :)
  • 10 Kumite (sparring) hand techniques
  • 7 Kumite Kicking techniques (this was one of my favorite sections of the dvd)
  • 3 level Kumite Defense Techniqes
  • Kata 
This also has a special bonus program that introduces more advanced karate concepts.

I really enjoyed this dvd. Mike Reeves does an excellent job of giving detailed explanations to make sure you understand each step of each move. Each strke/block/kick is shown from different angles so you can see how it should look. As well, each move is shown in slow-motion, to make it easier to catch on to what is going on.  
Here is a sample lesson from the dvd, instructing on how to do a Karate Backfist:

The dvd is fully indexed, so you can easily jump directly to the techniques you need to practice.
This would be a great tool for someone who wants to practice at home in addition to their class, or, like in our case, who doesn't have the ability to join a karate class.

Turtle Press also carries many other instructional martial arts dvds and books, and also offers dvd sets for greater savings.

"Turtle Press is proud to be a leader, rather than a follower, in the martial arts industry. We put our customers first with a number of innovations in customer service. In fact, we are the only martial arts book and video producer who:
  • + Encourages you to try before you buy. Sample every product we produce free, online.+
  • + Has developed an extensive online library of book excerptsarticles and video clips free to customers and browsers alike.
  • + Offers quick service. We make every effort to ship your order within 24 hours of receipt, in many cases the same day.
  • + Pays the shipping for you when you order online. We don't believe in offering deep discounts and then charging high shipping costs like some companies do. Order online andstandard shipping is free!
  • + Brings you the most up to date technology. Turtle Press was one of the first to offer martial arts instructional DVDs and is still one of the only companies that creates full featured DVDs with easy to menus, indexes and bonus features.
  • + Seeks out and publishes new authors. We are not interested in publishing the same old technique books you will find everywhere else. Turtle Press aggressively seeks out and funds the work of authors who have fresh new ideas in the martial arts field. If you have a manuscript or DVD proposal you would like us to consider, see our submission guidelinespage."

Turtle Press is giving one of my readers their own "Beginner Karate" dvd!!

Mandatory Entry-

Go to Turtle Press and tell me another dvd or book you'd like to get!

Bonus Entries-

2 entries-Become (or be) a public follower of Hope's Cafe. Leave 2 comments.

1 entry-Follow me (
Pilgrim86) on Twitter. Leave a comment with your Twitter name.

1 entry-Tweet this giveaway. This may be done once daily. Leave a comment with a link to your Tweet.

1 entry-Enter another of my giveaways. Leave a comment for each giveaway you enter.

3 entries-Blog about this giveaway. Leave 3 comments with a link to your post.

Bonus! 1 entry-Tell me why you would like to learn karate (self-defense, fitness, fun, etc).

This giveaway ends Monday, Sept. 20, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. Please leave a valid email address in each comment, as this is how the winner will be notified. Winner will have 48 hours to respond, or another winner will be chosen. Giveaway open to US residents only.

Disclaimer:I received product for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are mine. All quotes taken from the Ficcare website.


  1. I think it would be cool to try the "Boxing Fundamentals DVD"

  2. I would like the Fitness Kickboxing DVD:) Please enter me. Thanks!


  3. I follow your blog #1


  4. Follower #2

  5. I follow you on Twitter.


  6. I also entered your Kerruso giveaway.


  7. And I entered your Bearski Giveaway.


  8. I would love the Starter Taekwondo DVD Set

  9. I want to learn karate for the fitness aspect. My daughter takes tae kwon do and if classes weren't so darn expensive I'd take them, too!
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  10. I entered your kidorable giveaway too

  11. entered Izola Shower Curtain giveaway

  12. entered Costumes4less giveaway

  13. I would like Ultimate Flexibility: Complete Guide to Stretching for Martial Arts