Intro and a chance for you all to wade in!
Dear Folks this seemed to be the best of the forums for you to let loose on me ;)
I’m a practitioner of modern military Unarmed combat (I also have an interest in Krav Maga, Systema, Stav and medieval/renaissance fighting arts). I was taught at Geoff “Tank” Todd’s School of Self Defense (Dunedin New Zealand, http://www.schoolofselfdefence.com/) in Phase one and some Phase two techniques.
CBQ (aka Military Unarmed combat) is not a martial art as such and apart from gradings (Phase tests) we do not do competitions, as the techniques we apply would likely leave a bunch of maimed and possibly dead behind if some one screwed up. Kicks are all aimed at the knee and shins, blows often are aimed at the back of the neck etc. Practioners of this are in it for self defence, being challenged, and keeping alive the legacy of the Master instructors of WW2 (so not that different from matrial arts I guess).
I’ve seen a number of highly trained martial artists fail the phase tests at the school, possibly due to them employing techniques from their martial arts back ground. As an example: we had a 5th dan black belt in “Ninjitsu” come to the week long “intesnitve extensive” course. He refused to stop doing rolls to avoid contact. During Pugil stick testing at the end of the course he did a wonderful rolling evasion, but left him self (a) facing away from his opponent, and (b) unable to use the pugil stick. His opponent (a LARGE rugby player (Rugby can be seen as a martial art by some ;) ) cracked him on the head with the pugil stick (safety gear was worn, the only place we use it) and knocked him out.]
Anyhow this is my intro and explanation of my preferred style.