For those who have been the victims of Bullshido...
My name is Strat_Tones, and I have been victimized by Bullshido.
For five years or so I studied a "martial art" called Spontaneous Fighting Method. It was supposedly a blend of Kenpo, Aikido, and some Japanese weapons stuff (staff, sword, sticks, etc). My "sensei" had supposedly (well, he really was a 4th or 5th degree blackbelt in Kenpo under a pretty well respected Kenpo insctructor) studied all of these arts and blended them into his own style. Sound familiar to anyone?
We did a lot of things that arent' typically Bullshido: a lot of sparring, fighting, ect. The funny thing was that we had a very open policy about letting guys from other styles come in and spar. And we did pretty well against most of the people who came in the door (most of whom were probably also studying some form of Bullshido). We even did very well in point sparring tournaments (despite the fact that we didn't practice sparring for points). I know what you're thinking: "Oooh. Point sparring -- TEH ULTIMATE!
I remember one time when a guy from a local Jiu-Jitsu school came in to spar -- and owned everyone in the room. It was quite an eye opening experience, but I wasn't ready to admit that I had wasted my time for so long (denial can be quite powerful, as we all know). Plus, I believed that if I kept training eventually I would learn to beat the grapplers. Duh.
So eventually I found an excuse that would let me quit -- I was too busy with college -- and stopped training all together, thank God.
Sorry for the rant, but it feels good to get this stuff off my chest.
So my question is (and the real reason for this thread), how do you cope with the fact that you wasted your time and money for so many years? I just started training Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu about 6 months ago (and am hoping to add Muay Thai soon) and I'm absolutely kicking myself for not training these arts so long ago. I know that if I hadn't gotten so deep into my Bullshido training (or lack thereof) I probably would have been training BJJ and Muay Thai all along.
I know that with my 6 months of BJJ I could probably go back to my old dojo and mop the floor with just about all of them, but that wouldn't make me feel any better. Plus, the guys I used to train with are genuinly nice people, they just practice a Bullshido martial art, so I wouldn't want to hurt anybody.
Has anyone here who has been a victim of Bullshido ever gone back to your old dojo to spar your old teachers? Basically I'm trying to talk myself out of doing this in the future.
Any help is greatly appreciated.