The idea of a branch system was inspired by the ROK Marines from my understanding too. When I was in, I took TKD from a guy that was ranked in ATA and also worked out with the ROK Marines during Operation Team Spirit....the stories he told about belt tests!Quote:
Originally Posted by DerAuslander108
Shamrock, like any of these commercial martial arts guys HAS to promote himself, so until someone calls him on it in an interview, the "first one" comment will be associated with his name....and make him look good for marketing.
The thing to remember with a military hand to hand system is that simplicity rules. 10 techinques or combinations that you can do while your dead tired, wounded and bleeding (or puking, drunk and staggering....) are better than 100 that make you look good on the studio floor.
Guys like Shamrock, BJJ people and others probably aren't showing anything above green belt (and the volume is far less than the real 'belt track' material) but the simplicity and reduced volume only means that you can really get good at it faster.
Civilian/Commerical martial arts schools have to try and 'sell' the whole warrior building within a martial arts package. Military systems have to 'sell' hand to hand as another tool for an already developed warrior to accomplish his mission.