Ohio9 wrote:A few years back, CNN did a story about private armed guards. At first I was glad they did. I was hoping they would report on how they have to work long hours in adverse conditions doing a thankless job of protecting people who often view them with scorn and ridicule. But nope, it was a pure hatchet job. Virtually everything they reported was universally negative. They took the worst most sensational cases they could find and covered the story with them. Virtually nothing positive was in there.
Having bounced in some very interesting places, I've heard just about every nasty thing that gets said to security - being threatened with guns and knives was not uncommon, either. Interestingly, some of the people who have ended up liking me the most are ones who I've had to eject, usually because I was very polite about it and they quickly realized that I'm not actually interested in beating them into the sidewalk or seeing them hauled off to jail. It's amazing how quickly a person's attitude towards you can change from swinging elbows and punches at your head to apologizing profusely when they realize that you're not going to act like Captain Authority.
Nathan wrote:Over the years I've just developed the opinion that security guards in Brazil must do some extensive training.
Several years ago I was heavily involved in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, back in the days when people thought UFC was a college. I got to meet a lot of martial artists who would travel to the US from Brazil during that time, and I can tell you that self defense training of all sorts is a big industry down there. However in the case of these shootings, I think that the proficiency we see in these videos is less
a product of training, and more
a result of living in an environment with a pervasive sense of violence to it. For the record, while it does teach some useful skills and is a great
means of physical conditioning, I would not
recommend BJJ or MMA as a primary method of training for unarmed self defense. They are not nearly direct enough and put too much emphasis on "fighting" rather than "winning".