Well Simon has a very varied background and he's not shy about mixing it up in class. I think what's at fault mostly is that there is too much latitude with regards to what's expected from a WJJF affiliated club. Having heard first-hand accounts of some glaring differences in both general class attitude and technique, I don't find it surprising that there's a few suspect clubs out there.
I'm surprised you trained for nearly 3 years and didn't get past your 2nd grading. For the simple reason being that it's a requirement for the instructors liability AND the member-to-member insurance that you are not taught anything outside of your ability level.
e.g. grunt 1 is working againt grunt 2. Grunt 2 executes a throw and grunt 1 lands badly, busting his collarbone and arm up. Grunt 1 is out of it for months so submits a claim on his member-to-member insurance. Assessor asks him what happened at the time of the injury and grunt 1 replies he was practising an Inner Wind throw. Assessor goes off to make sure things are kosher before authorising the claim and finds out that's a brown & white belt technique while grunt 1 is still green. No money paid and Instructor is deep in the ****, losing his cover.
Assuming you weren't languishing practising the same syllabus for about 2 and a half of those three years, your instructor was out of line. I guess that's besides the point though.
Yes, your Ju-Jitsu would definitely be miles better as you were practising those techniques in a dynamic environment against someone that didn't want to hit the mats at any cost. Compared to that, Joe Grunt in your old class standing there like a shop dummy with his arm obligingly stuck out must have been like a wet-dream.
I don't know what to say really. People say our syllabus is ineffective, yet I know that it isn't. Training environment is definitely a major factor and for someone in your line of work, you better have the goods or you aren't going to have a job for long on account of being in casualty every other night. Compliant based training will do very little to prepare you for that.
At the same time though, how often are you having to use a large proportion of your repertoire in any given scenario? Most doormen I know have a handful of techniques that seem to fit the bill for most encounters and just use those. Does that mean everything else they know is ****? No, it just means that's what works best for them, quickly and under duress, on an individual basis and they've had a lot of on-the-job pressure-testing before they found that out.
Being able to use martial arts in a fight is just as much dependent on mentality and mindset as it is on training. Not everyone's a fighter :shrug: