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Free* instructional FS tunnel DVD


bliston  (D 23040)

May 25, 2009, 7:10 AM
Post #1 of 6 (1716 views)
Free* instructional FS tunnel DVD Can't Post

I have a tunnel training DVD that I've decided to share with the public. My team members and I use it for coaching work that we do. It's far from perfect, but does provide high and low video angles and verbal descriptions of how to do both individual movements and all a bunch of drills.

It certainly doesn't encompass everything, but it's a good tool to have especially if used with the Airspeed mind maps, or the Airspeed and Golden Knights Block technique DVDs.

The DVD covers individual body position and movement, tons of two way drills, two way block technique, and includes some 4-way video. The first 40 minutes of drills and instruction are from SkyVenture NH, and I included about 15 minutes of footage from Mass Defiance 4-way training in Eloy (which I think has all the randoms and every block but Snow/Offset), just so folks that have never seen some of the blocks have something to work off of.

I'm not going to describe all the drills, but here are the individual chapters:

Basic Body Position
Balance Drill
Fall Rate Control
90, 180, 270, 360, 540 Drill
Side Slides
Forward/Backward Movement
Forward/Backward w/ Grips
Box Drill
Stability Drill
Speed Grip Drill
Turning Grip Drill
360 Madness Drill
Cat-pole two way drill
Cheese Grader (Cat/Compressed Super-positioning)
Side Slide burble hops
Sidebody to Sidebody hops
Cat to Cat hops
X-Drill hops (open to phalanx)
Block 7
7/9 drill
block 8 piece work
block 16 piece work
block 19 piece work
block 21 pieces
block 21 center work
4-way tunnel flying (Mass Defiance in Eloy) +/- 15 min. (all blocks, minus 1)
Knee flying

I'm willing to cover the cost of the DVD and the shipping and will send it to any US address (int'l shipments will have a fee) for "free." I am asking though, for anyone who wants one to make a donation to the NSL to support the work that Kurt Gabel does. The minimum donation will be $20 for folks using the DVD for individual use and $50 for anyone using it for coaching/instructional use. Along with the donation to the NSL, I'm asking for a promise not to reproduce it without permission, just ask anyone who wants a copy to contact me. Bad karma and competition brain locks & funnels to anyone who copies it.

Send me a PM or email me at Ben(at)MassDefiance(dot)org if you're interested in receiving a copy. I'll need a mailing address and will send you the link to make the donation. If you want it this month (since I live out of the country and will be returning next weekend), send me your info by 10AM EST this Thursday. Copies will be shipped via US mail.


bliston  (D 23040)

May 26, 2009, 1:14 PM
Post #2 of 6 (1604 views)
Re: [bliston] Free* instructional FS tunnel DVD [In reply to] Can't Post

I have six copies of the DVD that aren't spoken for. No promises for a second batch. First come first serve...


bliston  (D 23040)

May 27, 2009, 11:25 AM
Post #3 of 6 (1520 views)
Re: [bliston] Free* instructional FS tunnel DVD [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm all out of DVDs. I couldn't get this post to go through this morning, sorry to those who have made requests this afternoon hoping to get one. I may do a second run if there is enough interest, but I'm out of blank DVD's and mailing materials for now and won't have time to get more before I return to the states this week.

Email me with your complete name and address if you want to be on the wait list for one - and if I can get more out next week, I will. By giving me your name and address, I'm considering that you are committing to making an NSL donation of $20 if you're using it for personal use, $50 if it's for paid coaching work, or $50 per 4-way team (splitting the cost 4 ways with permission to make three copies) if I'm able to get one to you. Please send me your email address to, so I can contact you if I'm able to send out more at a later date.

Thanks for the interest, sorry I don't have more copies available right now.


bliston  (D 23040)

Jun 2, 2009, 1:30 PM
Post #4 of 6 (1389 views)
Re: [bliston] Free* instructional FS tunnel DVD [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks, everyone, for your interest. This has been a great fun raiser for a great cause. We all benefit from the NSL leagues and the work Kurt puts into the leagues and the new articles on the NSL website ( I hope folks that are making donations for the DVDs can continue to make donations annually.

One of my Dallas Rogue teammates will send out the DVDs sometime this week to folks within the US that got their requests to me before I ran out of copies.

Since I'm way over budget on this pro bono project (cost of blank DVDs, packaging, and postage has added up) I'm going to switch to electronic versions. I am in the process of uploading a 320x240 .m4v iPod/iPhone version that has chapter marks that can be used as you play the video, and a 480x360 Quicktime version that has a higher frame rate along with being higher res. The both videos will be able to be downloaded from when I send you the access code via email.

The donation cost to the NSL will be the same and will include access to both versions: $20 for individual use, $50 for people using it for coaching, and a collective $50 for 4-way teams (12.25/person). There'll of course be no mailing or other fees.

If you'd like one - send an email to me at ben"at"MassDefiance"dot"org with your valid email address, your complete name, and please hold off on making your donation until after you actually get the file. The Quicktime version should be able to be used on PCs or Macs, and the .m4v version should be ready to load right onto iPhones or iPods with video capability. Folks might need to find ways to convert it to other formats, or I might be able to make it available in some other format if the need arises.

Even if you've contacted me earlier - please send me your COMPLETE NAME and CURRENT EMAIL to make sure your on the list. Assuming I don't have a problem uploading it, the 25 folks and teams that are getting DVD version can have an electronic version for free after I see their NSL donations go through. I hope to have this all sorted out by Thursday or Friday. It looks like with my slow Guatemala internet, it's going to take about 24 hours for each file upload. If we get any power surges or power outages, I'll have to start over, so please bear with me.

Thanks for your interest and your donations to NSL!


bliston  (D 23040)

Jun 4, 2009, 11:11 AM
Post #5 of 6 (1339 views)
Re: [bliston] Free* instructional FS tunnel DVD [In reply to] Can't Post

Quicktime and iPod/iPhone versions now available for download. Contact me by PM or email (and be sure to include your valid email address, home DZ, and your full name) for NSL donation instructions and the download access instructions. Your donation gives you accesses to both electronic versions.


bliston  (D 23040)

Feb 18, 2010, 2:43 PM
Post #6 of 6 (915 views)
Re: [bliston] Free* instructional FS tunnel DVD [In reply to] Can't Post

Due to some new interest, I have made the instructional tunnel video available for download again. Donations to the NSL ( are required, $20 for individual use and $50 if for 4-way teams or people using it for paid coaching work. Contact me by PM for more information. Here is a link to a sample of the video:


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