Van Canna wrote:
There are ALWAYS things you can do on your own, but some of it is only done with and through a professional that has both the field experience who can give you the technical knowledge and tactical applications that will work. NOT someone who has one without the other, and there are many out there who fit into the one without the other category.
This is what has always bothered me about the claims of traditional teachers. And for a student of street realities it is a valid concern.
Does TMA give us great tools? Yes_
Will they work in street combat? Yes and No_ depending on who you are and how you absorb the concepts.
For the smart student, he will do much better cross training the tactical, physical and mental dynamics of confrontations instead of knocking the ‘experts’ _
It is a state of mind to have a plan and commitment to be prepared to act when your life is threaten,[sic] to know the early warning signs BEFORE the attack, then to pull from your experiences to act in a manner that is favorable to put you in the position of advantage.
Think about it_ anyone who will argue against this, as it has been _ on these forums over the years, is a can short of a six pack, and you want to distance yourself from him/her as soon as possible.
A student once put it like this...."You know I have been to other training programs, and classes that preach survival, and have even paid to listen to people who have had to save their life, and others who have never been in a fight for their life...and all I can say is this.....If I have to get my car fixed, I am going to a mechanic, not someone who has spent the night in a Holiday Inn Express!....lol
I think if people really look at why they are learning to defend themselves then their true search will not stop. Education(What you have been told) and Knowledge (what you know to be true) is the foundation of learning; not only what you know now but what you have yet begun to learn!...Just another thought!