Re: YouTube: Internal strength demo...
to add to what Hunter and Rob say, I personally see value in IT training for alot of reasons to a degree.
We do alot of stupid stuff in the Army. It is why I have a jacked up back, have seen knee injuries and alot of other problems.
There is much utility in learning to do things "right" from a load bearing, balanced posture and still being able to bring something to a fight..so yeah it applies.
But alas, when you are faced with an institution and you are working in a constrained time environment, you have to make choices about how you spend that time.
Don't be so quick to assume that close fight skills are not relevant, they are VERY relevant. The Cold War, fight from a distance model of engagement is no longer applicable and we are engaging people at arms length mostly. Hopefully shaking hands and smiling, but not always.
It is why we have a very robust Combative program today in the Army.
Of course, when you look at the spectrum of use of force, you are not going to choose to use Grappling if you can use another weapon, but that is not always a choice for various reasons.