Hoo boy . . . . I just read this.
So that PM about AR's claims was referencing Hock's forum? That makes more sense. I searched for that stuff at Bullshido, but of course I didn't find it.
Let's clear up a couple of things before going forward:
1. I've never heard of Gabe Suarez falsifying police reports about shootings. I've heard it alleged (I believe by Denny Hansen, police and SWAT veteran and editor of SWAT Magazine) that Suarez now claims to have been involved in several "officer-involved shootings in the line of duty" and yet, Denny says, he knows of none. He does know of several shootings of dogs for various reasons, and theorized that Suarez is expanding those into more than they were to inflate his record because so many shooters think if an instructor never parachuted into the Congo to kill Chicoms and eliminate rogue elements of the French Foreign Legion then he must not be worth learning from.
If that sounds like very tenuous hearsay, that's because it is. It's more or less gossip. If it's going to be presented as "Don Gwinn says Suarez faked police reports of officer shootings" then I'm sorry I ever posted it.
2. I have not taken a class from Hock, but I did take an entry-level knife course from a certified instructor. It sucked. The defenses were pretty unrealistic, and despite the fact that there were only two students and we had several sparring knives from which to choose, we never did anything at so much as one-quarter speed, much less sparring of any kind. That's over the course of four hours.
The only technique I remember involved catching a midline stab with both hands on the attacker's wrist, pulling his arm up over your head, stepping through to the outside and spinning to bring the arm down in sort of a chicken wing, from there to lock it, kick his knee, etc. I was not impressed with my chances of pulling this off.
3. AR, your approach to criticism is fascinating. Anyone else should give Hock a chance, and you'll put up your own chance to make sure they do--but you state in definitive and profane terms that nobody needs to try the Dog Brothers/Suarez to see what they're about--just take AR's word for it. Uh huh.
4. AR, did you really tell a legit BJJ brown belt that he needs to "tone it down to your level" to understand Hock's crappling? The stuff Hock was showing there WILL NOT WORK. It just won't. If Hock decided to add grappling to his game, that's fine, but that involves learning actual grappling first, not just jumping into teaching whatever he thinks ought to work.
Hell, in the hair-grab piece he actually goes to great pains to explain why the technique he's about to show is just about irrelevant in today's world, but then goes right ahead and teaches it as his favorite technique anyway.
If you try to eye-gouge out of mount, your opponent will posture up and punch you in the head. A lot.
If you try to yank him off you with his hair, you'd better hope he has enough hair. Even if he does, it's likely you're actually making it harder to escape him by tying up your arms yanking on his head, not easier. There are better uses for your arms if you're going to try to bridge and shrimp.
I am one of these few-month white-belts Ronin referenced (though I don't train anywhere near him) and yes, I can think of a few ways I'd escape that headlock thing besides what was shown. It's just poor grappling.
Again, if you want to applaud Hock for going out and adding grappling to what he does, that's great. How did he add it? Who taught him to grapple? I'd bet it wasn't Mark Hatmaker.