No. Some training methods give you a false sense of security. If Go Kan Ryu trained with aliveness and did things right, then Go Kan Ryu would dispense with the false bravado in short order. Aliveness shows us what works and what doesn't; false confidence becomes a rare thing when you are crunched, twisted, bruised and battered on a weekly basis.
Don't all styles give you a false sense of security?
Well, you DO live in a gun-free paradise complete with knife amnesties to get the knives off the streets, right? I should think the worst weapon you might expect to encounter would be a stern talking-to.
What's to say the guy doesn't have a gun, or a blade?
Wow. You're going to get hurt. Big and strong . . . . yeah, that's all it takes.
I can deal with violent situations by talking or running. If it comes to it, I can fight. I grew up big and strong.
Anyway, let's say I accept your assertion. It amounts to an admission that Go Kan Ryu does NOT teach effective self-defense. "OK, Go Kan Ryu is useless, but I already know how to fight so it'll be OK."
That's fine for you; how about all those other students you claim to love like family?
It absolutely doesn't matter a whit!
One of your biggest gripes, it seems, is that it's non contact. What I want to know is if it really matters.
Well, unless you want to learn karate, and then it matters a lot. You cannot learn to fight in any striking style without hitting people and getting hit, period.
Actually, YOU might think you know that from prior experience, but you do NOT know it from your Go Kan Ryu training if that training has been no-touchy style. Twenty years ago it was almost excusable for karate students to say "I have great control, and if I do decide to hit you, I'll break you like that board!"
You know that when you hit someone it will hurt, and non contact teaches control, as well as the fact that a large percentage of the students are under 10 years old.
Today, there is no excuse not to know better.
You are correct. HOWEVER, that would not correct the despicable pyramid-scheme nature of the style.
HOWEVER, I think GKR could benefit from contact kumite for people who do not mind getting hurt. Certainly a contact tournament, as I find that non-contact kumite is hard to block, as you do not know if the strike "could have" gone in.
Neat. I have three medals for winning the Macoupin County Spelling Bee when I was a kid. Three-peat, baby! I guess I win at life, too. :/
I'm learning a lot, I've won two medals (bronze and silver) for my katas and it may just be my confidence or my build, but I know I could deal with most violent situations.
Please give us an example of the "great stuff you are learning."
Sum up: I'm loving GKR, and so are my brother and sister. It's keeping me fit and the dojo has a great atmosphere, not to mention all the great stuff I'm learning and how great the tournaments are. Entered for the Kata in the World Cup in Birmingham.