Or the martial art college is the model of the future? Who knows?
I have the utmost respect for the marines fitness and resilience.
Being that said, the MCMAP isn't impressive at all. According to Wikipedia the black belt 1st degree requires 62 and a half hour [sic!] of supervised training - approx the same amount of training you get if you train for 5 hours a week for one semester. Of course bayonet fencing classes might be hard to find. But a mix of MMA, self-defense and eskrima/kali will go a long way.
And the black belt degrees from 2nd and after are dubious. They require a specific military rank. Of course the higher the rank the higher the skills and responsibilities. But do the marines really think that getting promoted isn't a reward in itself enough?
Part of the curriculum is studying warrior cultures. Zulus and Spartans and everything picturesque. But how about the little known martial tradition is the kuntao of the chinese in Indonesia. For them it had nothing to do with subduing neighbors or getting patted on the ass. It was survival in a hostile environment, pure and simple. So why should they show off to their enemies how skillful they was?
I really hope that the marines either don't get to close to their enemies, or that their belts isn't normally visible. Because a black belt on a marine simply screams "Please stab me first!"
Lol at the MCMAP. LOL!
Core styles, electives of styles.
Certain arts provide better strking and grappling techniques. Others add techniques improving marginal performance. Core and electives.
MMA degree with core curriculumm and specialization x-fu or whatever.
The idea is to provide a potential student a reasonable reliable way to evaluate instructors.
Yes, thhis would require a governing body. No it is no guarrantee the fatal diaease of McDojoitis will not hit it.
I think that the college idea is growing on me. And I know of one dojo in Stockholm who is the closes thing to the college; Combat Academy - one fee that covers everything from Qi Gong to MMA. However, there seem to be no kind of belt in CA, lol.
That place looks huge.... is it one of those co-op things?
Ah, there is also this swedish version of Goshindo, where the main parts are wrestling, judo, boxing and thai boxing. Translation:Distinguishing for goshindo is the free training concept where one focus to develop the function of ones techniques instead fo the form. If a technique doesn't work in combat or demands a lot of tricksing is it not goshindo. The second distinguishing part of goshindo is the absence of a regular system of techniques. One work instead after a matrix system that the practicioners themselves fills with techniques. The techniques are taken from training camps with different world champions and other prominent practicioners at annual training camps.
the only part of your post i think i can raise an issue with is the one i quoted, because i believe the belt is hard to see if a marine is wearing his utes properly.
I would definately say no.For example me myself and i are into Trail riding,dirt bikes ect...Many times i'll pick a sweet frame for instance a aluminum frame due to it's weight,then i'll go out n hand pick some sick rims..Better ones than you would normally get off a standard bike,dope cranks ect..Most of my bikes are customized in which i choose what I WANT on it..A whole lot better quality than pointing in a window for a one stop shop.Such as a mma fighter may go to a top gracie camp for his bjj,then somewhere else for his muay tai/kickboxing ect.A mma belt would be to hard to generalize,due to the mixed martial art system's one chooses,different strokes for different folks.Poser's may fall into this,and alotta people would probably make alotta $ doing it.Besides in my opinion,a one stop shop to train mma probably wouldnt be that great unless you go to a super camp where all the top trainers for each desired disicpline just happen to be under one roof on a normal basis.I say bad idea,i personally would rather pick n choose my coaches to be a awesome competitor,rather to be labeled as a black belt MMA guy.