What are the specific principles of your style?
It incorporates both internal and external methods, (soft) small circular blocks & parries, and (hard) short linear strikes & kicks. Footwork, stance and posture are the more technical aspects. Extreme physical conditioning and controlled breathing translate into powerful, fluid transmission of energy.
What abilities does your style claim to impart?
The ability to judge places and situations you shouldn’t put yourself in. The ability to adapt to environmental aspects of a bad situation and turn them to your advantage. The ability to physically defend yourself; to dominate and devastate your enemy if necessary.
What is the average timeline for the development of those abilities?
This is the hardest thing to gauge and varies greatly depending on: Physical condition, natural athletic ability, flexibility, balance & equilibrium, commitment to training, determination, and motivation.
An average student (if there is such a thing) training four to eight hours per week can become proficient in the self-defense phase within about twelve to eighteen months. This time greatly decreases if the practitioner cross-trains in other defensive arts such as Judo, BJJ, boxing, or wrestling.
The nerve! On what basis are you cheeky enough to be claim enough expertise to speak for your style? Having trained in the same system for the last twenty-nine years (with a few short breaks) is probably the most logical reason. Training in several other systems, some mirroring this style and some totally contradicting it, rounds me out a bit. Teaching martial arts was my only job for about five years; I keep an open mind (except for Ninjas, chi-balls) and continue to learn every day. FOOM!!