"Your Field of Training"

By Luis Gutierrez

Taken from a forum discussion on Streetfighting concerning the SBG's credibility and ability to instruct someone in "self-defense."

I don't think you will get Matt or Burton to talk about "street" confrontations and such as I think they would agree with me that the point is mute and certainly nothing worth publicly sharing. What you will find is that among the SBG Instructors and Coaches is a background in various other systems including JKDC. We have all trained with drills and methods we learned to let go of. Not because they were a starting point and such, but because we found other methods to be more efficient for us, those we were working with, and for the jobs or sports we were training for.

You see, among the SBG instructors and coaches what you will find is that
some are Cops, some grew up or live in neighborhoods that would make the worst in America seem like Disney Land, others have worked as bodyguards, bouncers, doormen etc. Yes, they have their experiences with the ugly and very real but prefer to talk, live for, and stress the good times. Their initial reason to get into the “martial arts” was indeed to improve their ability to fight and better their odds in life and/ or on the job. They already had backgrounds in sports or boxing, wrestling, Judo etc and wanted to see what else was out there in the world of the “fighting” arts. Combative sports emphasis just naturally developed further from trial and error training in the MA and attempting to implement them on the job and in the field. That's it. We all returned to our roots in athletics be they combative or not because they involve movement, stability, breath and a living pulse against anothers.

Yes, yes, yes, you have to alter certain things in the field or job. I know you know as well as any of us about all the variables that can exist in the "street" and the specific medical and legal liabilities and factors that exist for Peace Officers and security jobs. But the things you alter are not the athleticism or vehicles of the training but the mind set and most importantly the intent behind the force and will you bring to the fight. Ask what for and you get the specific why and how of it. But wether it’s the athlete who trains for fun, to compete and win, the LEOs who must intercede, stabilize, and resolve, soldiers who must kill, complete the mission, and stay alive, or the man, woman, or child who wants fitness and fun, the field of play be it still, calm, clear, clouded, frenzied, heated, or frozen, is always the water.


Stating how our friends and gym members have survived or use the material we train effectively in the field or on the job is also pointless in that every single MA has the same testimonials in one way or another. Among cops, accountants, women and even children and against punks, hood rats, bad asses, drunken misaligned assaults, weapon or no weapon, we all have testimonials of success using our methods from the TKD schools to the Tactical Combatives guys. The point is and the emphasis should be more on personal efficiency and improving the odds of our training partners to do such things as defend themselves, do their jobs and most importantly to me...grow as people.

Much like the SBG instructors and coaches, are training partners and gym members also know, understand, and keep firearms. They train for many different reasons and are of many different ages but MA today involves guns, law suits, and will often involve loss of life or money, “win or lose”, weapon or none.

I learn to learn from everyone but as to what I keep, use, and what I impart, well that continues to always return to what works and can be trained under pressure and what involves keeping the body and mind clean, strong and sound.

As far as “everything working perfectly according to your preparation"…

Nothing will perform perfectly according to your preparation but in perfecting your preparation you must perform. In other words, performance and preparation must strive to be one and the same.

Train swimming in the water. Dry land swimming is useless. And yes, training for synchronized swimming is super hard, will allow you to navigate in water and be graceful as a fish in a bowl but it won’t win a sprint or endurance race or even keep you in one. If God forbid you have a boating accident, it will increase your chances of survival but not as much as the guy who swims daily in the ocean for speed and endurance, in stillness and in motion. Sport may call for more training in endurance and “street” for more of sprinting but it’s all there in you building the attributes, delivery systems, and tactics athletically…for the short run and hopefully for the long haul.