Pride 25: Body blow

Cert: 15

RRP: £17.99 www. Fightdvd. co. uk This must be one of the best Pride outings to date with a stellar card and the fight action does not disap-point. Apart from Wanderlai, all the big boys are here, Fedor Emelianenko, The Nogueira twins, Kevin Randleman and Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson. So good is the card, that Anderson Silva versus Carlos Newton is almost an afterthought! Highlights: Jackson’s knee/punch finish of Randleman is worth the wait, in an other-wise dull affair, whilst Anderson Silva’s knee finish of Newton is both explosive and emphatic. For the Kazuhiro Nakamura’s judo versus jiu- Jitsu match against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira is a treat, with Nogueira constantly looking for the triangle choke.

Stand out moment:

Fedor Emelianenko is relentless and his consistent battering of Rodrigo Nogueira is chilling but what is even more impressive is Nogueira’s resilience-many men would have called it quits but he just soaks up the punishment.

The 10K Karate Clash

Cert: E

RRP: £17.50 (inc p+p) 01375 650833 or cheque to JLL Associates 21 San

Juan Drive, Essex

RM16 6LQ

The 10K has put Karate firmly on the martial arts mat in terms of production values, entertainment and athleticism and this slickly produced

DVD proves why, with the biggest names in Karate battling it out for £10,000. Given the scale of the tourna-ment this event really does put

Karate amongst the big boys.

Highlights: The growth of Rory Daniels as the tournament develops, his form in the 10K a springboard for his World champi-onship success. Watch also for Dutch fighter Timothy Peters, whose joyful approach to his Karate gained him a British fan club.

Stand out moment:

This section belongs to the Russian Alexander Guerenov, who not only took the £10,000 but also the best moments of the DVD with audacious kicks against both Leon Walters and Rory Daniels. Priceless stuff for fans of flowing Karate!

Cage Rage 12: The real deal Cert: 15

RRP: £11.99 www. Fightdvd. co. uk Cage Rage 12 is fur-ther proof that Cage Rage is the ultimate MMA fixture in the UK with another interna-tional card but this time the emphasis was on a genuine battle of Britain as Mark Weir attempted to hang on to his British number one tag against rising star Sol Gilbert. Both brought an army of travelling fans and the fight itself lived up to expectations-it was a real war.

Highlights: Epstein versus Riccio delivers fireworks with Epstein doing what he does best, whilst Vitor Ribero dismantles the highly rated

Gerald Strebendt. The Cage Rage debut of the Brazilian giant Antonio Silva, a Godzilla of a man! Stand out moment:

The resurgence of Mark Weir, as he dominates Sol Gilbert with a glint of fire in his eye matched by a fire in his belly. Cold calculated upright accuracy followed by surgical ground and pound. Sol does his best but the night belonged to The Wizard’ and might herald a new dawn for one of Britain’s finest.

Craig Raye’s

Kumite Sparring

Tips

Cert: e

RRP: £19.95 (+p+p) info @ karate-videos.com This is a worthwhile effort from a kumite veteran of some standing, who has both trained and fought in Japan and who was awarded the Enoeda trophy for fighting spirit. The DVD is slickly pro-duced, utilising all the technical innovations the media has to offer, including multiple angles, slow motion and extensive menu options covering drills that focus on every-thing from one step to freestyle.

Highlights: The Jiyu Ippon Kumite and varying kumite drill chapters allow for both quad split screen and edited sequences, also benefiting from slow motion. This well thought out range allows the viewer to cut straight to the chase.

Stand out moment:

The icing on the cake is ‘championship fighting’ featuring footage of genuine championship fights and highlights the techniques on display in the DVD in their rawest form, on the mats. An excellent way to end an excel-lent DVD.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Vol 1.

Cert: e

RRP: £19.99 www.paragonmartialarts.co.uk This will be a valuable addition to any MMA library

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