hello KK, Phil, lkfmdc and Ryukyu Damashi et al --- been a looooong time.
i was lucky to be able to attend the seminar that was hosted by Pahayuth1 when the Col. was in NYC. i've been meaning to post a review of the dvd but just am busy with work to check out the forums much :-(
many think 'Muay Thai' and they think it is pretty streamlined and efficient. the Col. showed a move that eliminated 2 tempos of a technique sequence that is commonly taught. very JKD for me :-) he taught us a simple move which seemed to be at the crux of his system of ancient thai bareknuckle ("respect your opponent"). if one wanted to, they can pretty much use that one move for a lot of self-defense situations similar to what is taught in reality-based self defense. along with that, there are the methods on how to drill with the line drills and there were pointers on how to have simple and safe responses to common self-defense situations. tied up with work now to go into it more.
although the dvd was titled as fundamentals and basics, i hope any intermediate or experienced practitioners check out the Col. through seminars or at the very least through the dvd, and not pass up the opportunity thinking they know it already. if given the opportunity to train with the Col. again, i would in a heartbeat.
the dvd itself has excellent production values, but more importantly, don't think because you are an advanced student, that you will not be able to learn anything from a 'fundamentals/basics' dvd. it's the first of its kind in dvd instruction in the ancient thai bareknuckle systems, for many, they have never been exposed to it, so how you know it already? :-) it's similar but not the same as muay thai, it has the thai flavor, but the bareknuckle systems cuts to the point since it's not a sport mentality.
one of the added benefits is how the Col. presents his material within a military context. he is one of 4 authors on the Thai Art of War and the other 3 are in their 80's. he is in his mid-to late 40's. he fears the other authors will pass on and something may happen to him, so he is educating us before this knowledge of Thai bareknuckle is lost.
sorry for the rambling as this was post was all stream of consciousness writing. i should've took the time to properly write a good post, but am tied up with work.
p.s. my thanks to my training partner giving me a headsup about this thread.