Thank you very much and I totally agree with your assessment.As someone who has actually trained in Kali, I know that most of the techniques are simply not based on reality. I accept that, because the art really does (IMHO) create better weapon awareness and trains the mental aspect of not freezing up when encountering a blade. I use the Katas for more of a stress reducer than actual "fighting". (Probably pissed off a bunch of Kali people, but, fighting is done with firearms/heavy weapons in real life, just my opinion).
As a side note, having been exposed to more NATO troops over the last 15 months, it is simply amazing to me how the concept of using a knife in combat is so prevalent. You would think they grew up watching Braveheart all day.They would be much better off spending their training funds on CQB instructors and renting time on the range and kill houses. I am no rookie in this buisness, and yes, I carry a blade on my armor.But if you have spent enough time in Helios, MRAPS, armored vehicles, you know that harness releases are not always a 100%, if that vehicle is blown over or amubushed, you need some way to cut it off and get the hell out.I use mine more to cut of the heavy plastic wrapping around a pallet of bottled water than anything else..LOL
I can understand the need for a knife for self defense in an urban setting, especially in strict firearms states, usually even those states will allow a three inch blade. Anyway, got off subject. As always, I appreciate your advise. Be safe.