I offered up some observations based on personal observations, conversation with the instructor at the seminar, who was one of KFMs first black belts, and personal student of Norman, and comments made by friends that train in KFM. Not only that, my comments were about a system very similar to to the primary one that I train.
The only reason that I mentioned the "armchair perspective" was to admit that I'm not a KFM expert, in order to contextualize my comments. If this was a discussion on Shotokan, and Tai Chi, for example, I wouldn't make such observations, as they are arts vastly different from what I've experienced.
Is that fair?
You don't learn how to ride a bike, swim, drive a car, play the piano, or any other human activity in life without actually doing the activity you want to get good at, yet somehow fighting is different?
And yes we all know, sparring is not fighting. Driving on the freeway is not NASCAR, but if you can't even handle normal freeway traffic you're never ever going to race on a track. In martial arts you either apply your training to fully resisting opponents or you don't. Those that do develop the ability to effectively execute them outside of a predetermined outcome, those that don't, don't.
On a side note, funny that KFM guys are JKD based when Bruce Lee was a big advocate of sparring while they are not. It's like a judo offshoot that has all kinds of unique and fancy throws but doesn't actually test them in competition against other judoka.
My mood has soured as the day has progressed. You'll do.
One arm for the shoulder lock, one arm for the fantasy choke, one arm to monitor the multiple assailants that stood around while you dirty danced around the unresisting first assailant. You have extra limbs in your imaginary defensive scenarios? Is the one growing out of your shin used to strike the inner thigh back in step 3 or whatever the **** it was? Or you think you're holding a one-armed choke on a standing opponent? I'm not sure which is stupider.Quote:
while the other arm monitors for other potential assailants...
If you don't want it addressed, don't type it out. I love when people are shocked that "you jumped, addressed, talked, commented, complained" about their point, "when this is what I really meant." Then type what you mean and support it with facts not fallacies.