One of my many, many associates in the digital wilds sends along this lovely little nugget of primate football fuckery for our entertainment:
There is so much fail going on here it’s difficult to find a place to start, but I want to focus on what I see is the big root problem.
As I’ve previously mentioned, drills are not scenarios, and scenarios are not drills. We set up drills to hone specific skills to be applied later. I can’t think of any circumstances under which I’d have to put an entire magazine of pistol rounds into a 3×5″ box at ten yards, but the fundamental tactile and mental skills that are developed along the way to being able to perform that task on demand will serve you well in a fight.
After we’ve performed drills, we can put those skills to a test by running a scenario. Much like a competition course of fire, a scenario can be as simple or as complicated as the instructors desire, presenting the student with a problem to be solved by applying his new skills. We do not run a scenario over and over again, rather the best ones are designed to induce failure in the student, to ruthlessly demonstrate what needs to be worked on.
What we have here in this video is neither a practical skill developing drill nor a scenario test of any kind. I dare you to think of a reason why you’d stand between two lethal threats, with a pistol and a knife, and do a weak, backhand reverse stabbity while you dangle your pistol at full extension towards the other threat, completely and utterly unprotected from a takeaway grab.
There are legitimate reasons to learn bladed weapons for self defense. There are quite a few instructors that can teach you. There are various drills that can be performed to learn. None of them involve repeatedly pushing a knife through a stationary cardboard target. If your school’s bladework doesn’t involve rolling around with another student in the dirt and getting your clothes dirty and torn, you are being defrauded.
Additionally, by fumbling around with a knife in their hands, nobody on that conga line of ballistic fail is learning a damn thing about how to use a pistol, either. Watch for the slow, inaccurate shooting even at a distance best measured in inches, as well as the magazine changes that take several times as long as they should.
By claiming to teach both pistol and knife, “Hoffner Hoplite” is teaching neither, and is instead setting up willing dupes for future failure by taking their money, wasting their time and ammunition and giving them nothing in return.