Lies of Gurus

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What happens when a skilled competitor used to achieving measurable results in organized competition is held up against widely-accepted tactical gurus that aren’t normally tested?


Kiai Master (black karategi with red belt) offers a 5,000 dollar challenge that he can beat any MMA competitor.


MMA competitor Xu Xiaodong (black shirt and shorts) demonstrates his competition approach a "thunder style" martial arts master.

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Interesting, Xu Xiaodong (the MMA competitor in the second video decisively winning this challenge against the “thunder style” martial arts master) has been lambasted for his victory because it “violates the morals of martial arts.”

Based on observing and participating in the range activity of tens of thousands of military personnel and comparing that to the range activity (training and competition) of competition shooters over the decades, there are direct parallels.

What the gamer does is not real, even though he actually does it.
What the tactician does is real, even though he likely has never done it.

And should the gamer beat the tactician (who allegedly operates where there are no rules) it’s an “outrage” for “violating morals.”

Combatives vs. Competition

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Mixed Martial Arts competition is what helped push the Marines and Army to create their current combatives programs. This competition is why things like the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program and Modern Army Combatives Program exist, just like shooting competition formed our understanding of how to best use firearms effectively. In fact, Field Manual 3–25.150 (Combatives) has an appendix on how to conduct combatives tournaments, specifically addressing their use as effective training. Matt Larsen, the NCOIC of the Army’s Combatives school and credited with writing 3-25.150, was a competitive boxer and black belt martial artist.

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