Thank you for your comments.
The blue suit is made by macho, the makers of the famous red suit (police and military only). The only difference between the red and blue suits as I was told is "$1000 and the color". FIST makes a suit also. The FIST suit is lighter, uses hard inserts covered by pads wrapped in cordura. The FIST suit is more modular than the blue suit allowing you to use pieces vs. the whole suit. Either one will work well. Very strong hitters go through my blue suit (although they don't cause damage, multiple strikes over time could.) Most people you can't feel their strikes, then there are folks like leyn burrows. You feel the strikes, thanks goodness they are few and far in between.
Good Points: Great for kids classes, demos, self-defense type seminars. Best use: impact training and inside fighting training, STAMINA TRAINING (for you ring fighters).
Bad Points: takes to long to get dressed. Can only be used one on one, mobility tough, takes a trained, mature person in the suit.
The first time a person works on the suit he/she invariably tries to hit as hard as they can. Their bodies stiffen up, their stance goes *wide*, they wind up, and hit with nothing more than their arms. This is only during drills! Once the pressure is applied they do of the above plus stop moving, bend over and flail! They completely forget all their martial arts! This is why people like Peyton Quinn say MA do not work. He is wrong. MA do work if a person is trained in their tools. It is like saying that most gunfights happen withine 3-7 feet and yet something like 80% of the shots fired miss. So the same logic says guns do not work. We know Uechi is effective. So what is the disconnect? Simply put teachers do not know or will/can not teach the use of tools properly. Students except ritual training as dogma instead of looking at the training methology as that: a methology, a set of ideas, concepts, technique that they must understand and be able to apply. Our dojo picked up the blue suit when it first became available to the public as an experiment just for that reason.
The GREAT news is that within a few minutes (yes minutes, ask the people at the seminar) if the training is there, the change is dramatic. If you don't believe me just get into the suit and feel the difference. The first time or two people lock up. After the first time they move out of the way, find openings, start to slip, mix techniques and fight correctly. They might even try a strike other than a punch or front kick.
My congratulations go out to the young women who volunteered to go a round with the blue guy. She jumped at the chance when everyone else hesitated! She came in hard and fought feriously!! I wish we had more time for a second round. I know that for the second round she would have started moving.. She is a brave fighter....
If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact me at the dojo, (508-393-8779) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
thank you all who participated, I believe this type of training is important.