I had some friends over at my place and while I was busy cooking, one of them shoved Tape 1 of Vladimir Vasiliev's H2H Cobat set without me knowing. A while later, I heard laughters from the lounge, so I went there to see what was happening. They were watching the tape and they said it was pathetic and the least realistic thing they ever saw. I wanted to explain that it can be effective, and that it's not based on rote techniques, but I know they wouldn't have listen. So I pressed STOP and switched to a 'nature' documentary and they went to say that a squirrel can beat that russian guy on the tape. I know Vladimir has real skills because a lot of credible people say he has, including, Pavel, Oleg, and others. But my friends did raise one good point... how can one learn from these tapes? I know they have some value, but how are you suppose create your own techniques from these tapes? Are you suppose to first understand why and how the 'moves' work, and then create variations, the variations working based on why the shown examples work? I'm really confused. Please help me out.