The things about Throton's essay is that it doesn't invalidate RBSD training (he frankly states that if he was trying to invalidate it he'd be disengenous because SBG offers a program). In fact he goes out of his way to state that there are good programs out there and there is a benefit to training it.
What he does suggest is that one should be careful in their focus, and that for a non LEO (or instructor), a life time persuit of RBSD can put too much focus in the wrong area.
BTW I think he's right. That's one of the reasons I suggested a bounded study of RBSD and the transitioning into something else. The value of a good RBSD program is its laser focus, but I think in the long term thats also its great weakness for an average citizen.
It's one of three things that validates a program. All need to be present:Quote:
Originally Posted by phrost
1. Realistic, progressive resistance training
2. Well reseached information on attacker mindsets and profiles, the ins and outs of the body's reaction to conflict, and on the emotional and psycologcial aspects of confrontation.
3. Scenario training (aka flight time)
I know that the last one tends to be controversial. I'm not going to engage in an attempt to sell it. All I can say is that all of the top flight programs include it. And personally, I don't think you can legitimately train self defense without it.
Now if an MMA program (or a TMA program for that matter) were to encorporate all of that, then by all means thats a solid place to train. Personally, I haven't come across that program. That doesn't mean its out there.
Now, if an individual is so inclined and wants to train MMA side by side with an exemplar RBSD program, that person is definitely going to be better for it. But having worked with the average person walking off the street into our PDR program, most of them didn't envision themselves doing that (or being able to last in an MMA class). Frankly, a number of them had self esteem issues. For most of them, after a few months those went away and a few even made the transition into various contact martial arts programs offered locally. If we had hard sold MMA to them right off the bat they probably wouldn't have come back.
As far as having to deal with certain stereotypes... I donno, they never lasted in our hit or be hit program.