Maj. Kevin Leavitt (MAC-P)
I had posted a thread last March about MAC-P that you had contributed to quite extensively, and wanted to thank you again for your contribution. You had mentioned that I keep in touch, so after looking over the thread again, I thought I'd give you a little update.
I graduated BCT and AIT without incident, and have been back working at my unit for a while now. It was an experience that I hold very dear, and found to be a very transformative one at that. That said the MAC-P training that we did in BCT was strictly BJJ, and we did not progress much further than that. We did not have any MAC-P training in AIT, hell we barely had PT. I had to do that on my own.
My thought process when it comes to my goals in the martial arts has changed quite a bit over the past couple of years with the Army having quite a bit to do with that. I was once concerned on what was combat effective, or what would stand up in a real-life altercation. These forums alone are full of threads as to the effectiveness of aikido.
I train exclusively in BJJ now having chosen it over the hapkido and aikdio I was doing in the past for the aliveness of the training. I love learning a new set of techniques and then rotating through the entire class trying to perform these techniques against someone who's trying to keep you from it. I find now that I'm not that concerned with what's going to be effective on the street, but I train because I enjoy it. I know that if someone were to get rough I can effectively apply a given set of techniques against someone who has no BJJ training, because I perform them effectively on people who do have BJJ training regularly.
Having said that what I'm more concerned with these days is being "martially aware". I want to avoid situations that I feel could escalate to an altercation, or avoid areas that could be dangerous for me or my wife.
Again I wanted to thank you for your wisdom in the thread I posted last year as it has helped to shape how I go about my training and how I view the concept of "self-defense".
PFC. Evan Rogers