About a million years ago in internet time, I used to frequent a forum that was frequently involved in forum wars with Bullshido, due to in a large part the fact that the population of Bullshido is composed largely of martial artists that train for MMA competition. The members of the other forum were generally all believers in “reality based self-defense” which is a tacticool way of saying “eye gouges and dick punches”, also sometimes referred to as “combatives”. The combatives guys would often say that they didn’t believe in contact sparring because you couldn’t use their techniques without seriously maiming or injuring someone, and the MMA guys from Bullshido would say that if you’re training for a fight, you might want to actually suit up and get hit.
By now you can probably see where I’m going with this, because I’ve seen similar arguments played out on this very website between “gun gamers” like me, and people who think that if you’re practicing for COMBAT! then playing games is going to get you killed; because in USPSA you’re not being shot at, etc. This parallel has gotten me to wondering idly if the warriorz guys in the gun community think that training for MMA fighting is useless in a self defense context, and if the combatives guys think that IDPA, ICORE, IPSC, et al are useless in a self defense context. Of course, you still probably won’t get one of the combatives guys to suit up in the ring against Brock Lesnar, and you won’t see the warriorz guys at a run-’n-gun match, so I guess we’ll never actually be able to objectively test their skills. Must be tough being so deadly that you can’t play with your friends.