It is the opinion of the founder that the biggest flaw of many martial arts is dishonesty. Not deliberate dishonesty with the members, but unintentional dishonesty with themselves.
There are three ways to look at a given martial art:
A method of self protection
An art form
The dishonesty occurs when a martial art lays claim to being a method of self-protection... but then fails to consider the reality of violence including all ranges or the most likely threats. There are other examples.
The problem is that the skills applied in the wrong domain will usually result in failure. The accomplished ground grappler defending themselves "on the street" may fail to consider multiple attackers or the risk of weapons.
There is crossover of skills but it is important for the martial arts instructor and practitioner to understand what skill set it is that is being practiced.
We practice a model of four ranges:
1. The interview
2. Standing striking
3. Vertical grappling
4. Ground grappling
We have several disciplines available to us and each one will emphasise different ranges according to the domain that they address