Thanks for the welcome. I've actually been to this site quite a few times, after hearing about threads trashing Shou Shu. I also read threads on MAP. I chose not to post in the past because I really didn't see the point in engaging in a bunch of pointless flaming.
I'm amazed that a TKD guy smoked 3 Shou Shu black belts, but I suppose anything's possible. I wonder who they were!
What are you talking about regarding "that's not what they do"? I must have missed something. If you're talking about sparring, in my kwoon, I spar full-contact with other students. I had two guys tackle me repeatedly one night, and ended up finally flipping out and breaking out of the holds while also landing some good punches on the guys on my way out. This really helped me learn how it would feel to get grabbed (I panicked the first few times) and helped me figure out what works and what doesn't. I fight with the guys to learn what does and doesn't work for me, given my size. The guys do come at me with punches and elbows to the face, and I've taken a couple that I failed to block. We rarely spar all-out because someone inevitably gets hurt when we do. My blood is on the mats in the studio, along with a number of other students.
While there's no way in hell I'd ever hold my own in a cage fight with a MMA guy, if some random asshole on the street decided to grab me, he'd very quickly find out that he chose the wrong chick to mess with. Shou Shu isn't the "ultimate art" any more than any other system is, but I feel very confident that the skills ingrained in my body will protect me and seriously hurt someone if the need to prove that ever arises.
As for "moving at the speed of light" I will vouch for the fact that the speed and strength of my weapons has increased at every belt. I am constantly refining my material, making it tighter and faster and more effective.