In my estimation, posts should not intimidate or ridicule a segment of the martial art community, regardless of how we may disagree with that group's training and teaching methods or the reasons why they elect to train in the manner they choose.
I don't think we intimidate or ridicule. That was never our intention.
The intention was always to stimulate awareness and realistic thinking when addressing the ‘reality component’ of our overall practice.
When you write these things George, you also must be fair and admit you have in fact outright insulted the ‘experts’ on my forum, as in the case of Patrick McCarthy. Why do you insist on a double standard?
It is your view and of some others, as stated, that all that is needed for defense is base traditional training as we have learned it, and that it will suffice in spite of ‘shortcuts’ by other ‘experts’
You are on record here George.
We have read opposing views, as I have presented over the years, by Blauer, Laur, Sonnon, and Rory Miller, in his publications you passed out at camp.
We have Scott
Though I would add that I do disagree that, as you wrote, "it is easy to take someone who has been practicing martial arts 20 years and teaching him/her something different." I find that those who believe that they've found "the way" (presumably because they've been doing something for so long one way) without being able to provide a logical argument, verifiable evidence and ostensibly repeatable results (beyond the mere anecdotal) are the most obstinate curmudgeons; and in the "martial art" community these individuals tend to be rampantly ubiquitous.
This is probably due to the fact that without a combative outlet (like combat sports) many 'martial artists' like [ Lack? ]The 'laboratory' to adequately test theories (regardless of how long those theories have survived
Blauer and Laur have written along similar lines
According to your views, then Scott and others are also ‘tag lining’ Martial artists and Uechi practitioners. They are, most definitely, not.
The objective is to refine and polish our traditional tools with their hands on experience, much research and guidance from the real world. Something you also attempted to do with the introduction of a ‘real world, expert [police] at camp.
Then we have many readers embracing these concepts, [http://forums.uechi-ryu.com/viewtopic.php?t=13975] to wit
Gets pretty scary here, so the more information a person can turn to knowledge before this ever happens the better you will be prepared to use fear to advantage.
What I mean is you have an understanding of what is causing that feeling in your body and know you best use it or lose.....it!
Then it is only a matter of deciding to RUN...FIGHT (includes verbal) and be aware that hypervigalence (freezing) may occur if you don’t channel it quickly (is your gutter system cluttered not allowing free flow of this powerful energy ?)
Understanding that an "interview" is taking place can allow you to take a proactive position instead of reactive...good information to add to your knowledge base! Then interview the interviewer deciding on your next course of action because in theory you just took some control. Not unlike our kata in uechi...attack the attack.
No thin skins here Neil. My opinions have changed in regard to MA (actually everything). Were all on a learning curve even the experts. May be swayed again or if not take it as is...hit submit!
“In a fight, it is what surprises you that takes you out.” ..... Rick Bottomley.This is the logical approach by intelligent practitioners, a view shared by legions.
Exactly what we are trying to stimulate here.
Then we have this_
I posted a reply, but upon re-reading it, I found it might be regarded as inflammatory. Right now, I can't decide.
I'll review it later and assess the content, and perhaps post it, or an edited version.
What should be a concern is what Neil posted.
Many lurkers have emailed me indicating they will not post, as they fear not being able to speak freely and warned and ridiculed.
However, it is impossible to endure biochemical shock with conventional methods of low to no stress environments. As I've said at my seminars, a man cannot survive on kata alone (even if his visualization is masterful.) To endure and 'overcome' the deleterious effects of biochemical shock WHEN it happens (not if, since if one does not specifically train for it, when faced with a suddenly hostile subject, 'shock' will occur), one must have some form of pressure-cooking one's physical preparedness in the cauldron of resistance.
These are the concerns others and I have passionately tackled for the past 8 years or so on my forum.
But that’s fine. I will try to choose my words more carefully.