This is my first thread, and I apologize if it is in the wrong forum. However, I think that it fits in with the MABS mission.
I was thumbing through the latest (August 2007) issue of Inside Kung Fu magazine when I came across an article titled "San Soo Goes to War" authored by Sgt. Taylor Presley. The article descibed his efforts teaching San Soo to shurtas, the Iraqi police. He provided two anecdotes describing incidents of individuals (one about himself and another about a shurta student of his) using San Soo to take down knife wielding insurgents to support his claim of san soo being repeatedly proven effective on teh str33t. (God help me, he actually used that term.) He also repeated the perrenial chestnut of his art being too d34dly for sparring. On top of it all, he then denigrates MMA in general as being something just for sports, irrelevant outside of the octogon.
Just that alone would normally lead me to write him off as a jack ass. However he is there training Iraqi police. He seems to be somebody who has entrusted his life, at least on one occasion, to his Kung Fu prowess.
Basically, what I would like is the perspective from someone with experience in Iraq to shed some light on this. Has anyone else worked with the Iraqi police? Even input from state-side (or whereever you may be) law enforcement personnel would be appreciated.