I don’t think SayUncle is a pussy* or mediocre or anti-training. The motivation for the post was actually an offline conversation where the other party actually said to me that they were freaked out by fighting schools and the proliferation of self defense classes. They stated that they were inherently dangerous and you could get hurt. I told them life was inherently dangerous and to not be prepared for it was naive. Their answer? “There’s just too much risk. Better safe than sorry.”
And then it rattled around in my head until it started to sound like blog-fodder. Ready made title and everything. Then A Girl wrote this citing the two kinds of emails she has gotten, and it tied in. It was a rant that had been brewing out of a few conversations not unlike the one I referenced above. Yes, ‘cupcake’ is a non-specific composite person drawn out of some recent interchanges.
No, I do not think anyone should submit themselves to bad training. If you are ever in a training course and someone is downrange during a course of fire, leave. That’s bad and introducing unnecessary risk. Don’t spar with an instructor that is more interested in being bad-ass and beating the crap out of you than they are in teaching you. I don’t think that’s the case with A Girl’s injury. Maybe I’m wrong, and SayUncle is right.
Did she get in over her head? Maybe. Should she have gotten help sooner? Absolutely, but I’m pretty sure she knew that before she wrote her post about it.
I saw two posts that were critical, SayUncle and Breda. I agree that training that sends you to the hospital is likely unnecessary. My only disagreement is that I think it was an accident and not just a part of the training. I also don’t think A Girl is broken just because she got hurt. I didn’t link either of them in yesterday’s rant because it wasn’t directed at them and does not apply to them. I apologize for any implication that it did. Their criticism is valid even if I disagree.
*He knows it too and said as much. Unless you agree with the naive person I mention in the first paragraph, my annoyance was not directed at you.