Could it be, zincwarrior, that you have just described why some writers suggest that competition is not necessarily helpful in real-life encounters? On the other hand, when those thoughts were put on paper, competitions such as exist now were still in the future. I'd have to say that part of the problem is simply the difficulty of incorporating in training (and competition as well) all of the dynamics of real life. Training generally has a lot of built-in problems related to safety and the limitations of what there is to work with as far as time, the site and so on, which is all true for competition as well.
I would also have to say that any form of training or competition that results in doing something that is unnatural, or rather, attempts to overcome a natural reflex, maybe should be rethought.
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