My 2 cents on "reality based self defense".
I would like to share a few thoughts on the RBSD VS. SPORT debate. A little background about my expierience before I start my perspective. I am a competitive Judo and Karate player and a Pankration athelete, and am a 5 year veteren of the Milwaukee Police Department and former Marine. I only mention this to show that I have been involved in both schools of thought and have participated and applied, with various degrees of success and failur, both in compitition and on the street the above. I have to state right now that I support the sport based model as the primary focus on application. Yes, senario based training is very useful, and Yes weapons and multiple oppenents need to be addressed, but a system based just on foul tactics without the feed back offered in the sport based combat arts is a hollow shell. I like to comment on some commen arguements made by some RSBD people. 1) you dont want to grapple someone with a knife. I dont want to either, but when you are there you have to deal with it, my guess would be a practical knowledge of ground control and escapes learned from competitve judo ,BJJ,ect. would be better then some rehersed drill that Ive seen in a lot of RSBD systems. 2) There is no referee on the streets. Well there are no RSBD instructors with whisles to start or stop the senario either, anything done in any type of training and compitition will not be able to duplicate the actual event and what works in one event may not work in an event with similar circumstances. 3) Sports will develope poor muscle memory. RSBD people bring up Rickson Gracie blowing his knee trying to tackle a mugger and Mike Tyson breaking his hand hitting Mitch Green in a street fight. WHENEVER you are engaged in ANY use of force injury and death can result using ANY technique from ANY source. Nothing is foolproof, because fools are so crafty. I ll stop here because I would like some feedback befoe I continue.