Whilst watching Iain's Training Matrix video, I made a personal connection to lots of videos\articles from people who are self protection practitioners/teachers, who criticize what we do here i.e.we have compliant partners , not reality, not fighting, never been in a fight whilst they've been in gangs, they're ex-military etc etc etc.
I think part of their understanding or misunderstanding (depending on your outlook) may perhaps be they don't see an escalated version using non-compliant partners, more rapid and continuous attacks and controlled aggression. When I watch their videos or read their articles they seem to jump straight into the deepend, don't explain the sequence in detail and perhaps show rather than explain & show.
So perhaps a lot of the disconnect between us realistic practitioners and those "reality" practitioners is the baseline at which they see us publicly demonstrate. I am a bit longwinded (you've probably guessed this by now) and hence I like to explain in detail with a compliant partner what the particular two person drill is about. My youtube videos are for folks in the club - as an additional reference. They a re teaching aids. I'm not pushing my ideas to the wider community. However, I now realise that any visitor will look on my videos as "that won't work because the partner is too compliant" etc.
My response is about light teaching/learning. People have to start someplace. When learning, the techniques should be light & compliant. As learning embeds then, practice begins to escalate with progressive non-compliance. As weaknesses are exposed and resolved then, practice becomes training.
Other Martial Artists and S.P. practitioners do rank us in with those Karate Ka who do re-invent violence for their style. This must be based on what they view when they look at our videos etc. They cannot differentiate or seem to understand the iterative and progressive training approach.
I think it comes down to communication and the context.
Perhaps what we should do is continue to explain in detail, as this is the only way people learn, but then show the same with progressive non-compliance, in a more escalated, robust, messy etc context, all with the appropriate safeguards as we are being more realistic (as per Iain's "realistic " explanation). Finally, I know folks will say "Why bother?" I think it is part of spreading the richness of what we do for the greater community to drive discussion. Kindest Regards,