i like to check out the various forums , some interesting reading..i'm getting the impression that a lot of people think that some m.a.'s are much better than others in "real-life" applications , which to a degree is probably true , but i can't help but think that the individual , and his/her temperament and physical makeup ,is an even more important factor ....i've known people over the years with no real m.a. or other training , who are no bigger or stronger than i am , who would still beat me like a drum due to their good fighting instincts and innate ferocity ...granted i am only a green belt in shorin-ryu karate and a green belt in sullivan's amer. kenpo ...some people seem to think a brown or black belt means automatic badass but i believe for some it's a false sense of security ...i believe in the old saying you fight like you practice...and "it ain't the arrow , it's the indian"...although a good arrow certainly helps...any opinions ??