Like I said, I don't wholeheartedly agree with any of the authors... <g>
I think Sabat is over the top. I found him disturbing and at the same time fascinating. The latter because I have met a few people here and there like him.
Actually, Van sensei graciously joined some of us for coffee after class last week and the conversations were interesting. We briefly discussed a instructor we both knew, whose teaching/training methods were(are) rather "extreme" in our opinions. This conversation reminded me of Sabat. Undoutably such extreme mindset and training will produce good fighters, though the cost is high with injuries and attrition of students.
Also, at one point, Sabat talked about "sparring matches" with some visitors in his dojo. That also reminded me of some of the "matches" we had in the earlier days of the Hancock dojo. So, there were bits and pieces of Sabat's book that had an "oh, yeah..." quality to it. (BTW, Sabat's book HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ZEN, in case anyone is looking for a discussion on that topic.)
A correction: I meant to list Wiley's "Fillipino Martial Culture" and not "Fillipino Martial Art". The latter deals specifically with Cabales Serrada Escrima. The first book was interesting in presenting some of the living Fillipino masters from the WWII generation (i.e. they've been there, done that.) Cabales was one of the people presented. Cabales, among some of the others, fought death matches as a youth. I would say that requires a certain mindset.
Also, Wes Tasker met and trained with some of those masters and/or instructors from certain lineages. He will attest to a certain "mindset" of some of those folks.
I think each author presents something about a mindset that is needed for "combat" and the various training methods that might get you there. The "price" can be high, I think, physically and psychologically. Each of us has to figure out the limits we are willing to go to prepare ourselves for the "real thing".
Thanks for the link!