I think that you must have some real experience of violence to be able to teach about it. As the saying goes
" Those who can do, do!!...those who can't teach"
I have been to lots of schools where the teachers didn't have a clue about fighting at all....and to be honest it is something quite seperate from an ability in karate or whatever...to actually know what violence is.and if you do a fighting art, then to know how you will react..........I had lots of fights when I was a youngster, but very few ( thankfully ) as I've gotten older. So I honestly don't know if I could teach folks how to fight, certainly my empty hand skills are layered upon the skills I developed as a youngster, I've also trained in weapons but never used one on anyone and in a sense that to is layered upon what I learned as a youngster..but without having the background that I had I don't think that I would have ever bothered with martial arts..........I've looked for years to find one that I thought actually taught some real skills.......now there are a few styles out there that do that, but so many more that teach rubbish. Now how do you develop a critical eye to know one from the other? and how can you tell if a teacher has developed his art by adding stuff or taking stuff away? what criteria do you use. I use generally very simple rules based upon the early fights.
as an example one guy at a school I went to said get in a good stance so I put a boxers guard up and started moving on the balls of my feet, he said NO!! a GOOD STANCE.........I asked him to explain and he had me in a long low stance with my hands hanging by my hips
....anyways I got to sparr non-contact with his best blackbelt and using his GOOD stance I was getting whupped so I switched to my ole boxers crouch and started whupping his top man
...and all the while I was beating this guy the teacher was shouting at me to get in a good stance
but then again back in the real world, lessons learned from my job..I've known ( not personally) people stick push daggers in a guys face for not serving beer..and in one case a guy getting shot in the head at close range with a shotgun for the same thing......so there is a big world out there and lots of skills to know and first you have to know what skills they are:wink: