I hope there isn't a "fire" here that we are adding "fuel" to. I'm not interested in that.
Anyone who witnessed Josh Wiseman in action will have no doubts about his fighting ability. I also don't think he was being intentionally rough, rather as you stated he reverted back to form, for a venue he trained more extensively in than the one he participated in yesterday. A problem existed in so much as the other competitors were ready for a different type of competition with a different set of rules than what Josh reverted to. That's why in another thread I mentioned he needed to train in "sparring skills and control" related to this type of venue and not to "no holds bar" type. Likewise, I generally trained with a more boxing like approach with jabs, hooks, crosses and head contact. But, these clearly were not allowed and most of the other competitors were not expecting such. I had to make my adjustments, in order to "compete", by pulling as much as possible to the head, using backhands instead of jabs and a ridgehand instead of a hook. But, that's what I signed in for on dotted line.
I think we need to be clear that competition is not the "real thing". It has a set of rules. When we enter we accept those rules. If we are talking self-defense that's a whole other ball of Sh^t. The skilled competitor and even a street fighter have an advantage but they aren't quaranteed to win. Mindset and luck have as much to with it as anything else. This is what I know to be true.
I think you can learn a lot from Wiseman sensei and you made a good choice based hopefully on a clear understanding on what you want to get out of your training. You are clearly very happy with your training, so I think you made the right choice.
Regarding mangling my name, I really didn't notice. I am a big name mangler myself. My son often corrects me.
BTW, reverting to the original intent of this thread. Yes. I am preparing for Y2K only in so much as storing probably a month's worth of drinking water, food, coleman's fuel and stove, some batteries, cash. I have two shotguns, a 22 rifle and ammo for these. But, I don't anticipate using these. I don't right now anticipate doing anything "tactically" different on the streets than what I do now. Of course, reality of Y2K may change that.
[This message has been edited by david (edited 05-23-99).]