Helps to read my entire post before you decide you disagree with me.On 2001-06-24 18:06, Dane Burns wrote:
Mix live blade with physical contact and you will at some point have injuries. Do any type of contact in H2H and sooner or later you will have injuries.
Gabe, with all due respect to your experience in law enforcement and as a trainer, you need to have your attorney friend explain the hearsay rule to you.A student of mine, (a round old attorney novice, not some SEAL or Marine in his 20s) told me he had trained with a noted "martial arts" instructor, and that it was clear that the aim of the exercise was for him to sell his wares and show everyone how "bad" he was.
Now, based on that statement in your article you obviously already had a negative opinion of this instructor when you received your student's email.I got an email from a student who had attended a martial arts knife fighting
course put on by someone he respected. Has he asked me about this superhero of his, I'd have told him to steer clear, but that is another story.
I hope my post did not come across as questioning your truthfulness--that was not my intention. You have a right to say whatever you want, and I would not expect to read anything but the truth as you see it in your newsletter. But I think it is important to distinguish between FACTS and OPINIONS, and it seemed to me that you took the fact that this injury occurred and, based on your opinion of the individual involved, concluded (i.e., reached a second opinion) that the injury was the result of the instructor's need to gratify his own ego. I do not think that is a fair conclusion based on only the facts reported in your newsletter and in your earlier post.Secondly, my newsletter is my newsletter. The really nice thing about that is that I don't have to worry about offending anyone, being politically correct, or any such silliness. I can tell the trurth, as I see it, just like any publication in the country.