Does it matter who you train with? At the end of the day when it comes down to surviving a violent encounter it doesn't, says chief Fit To Fight instructor Ryan Hoover. Nobody is going to show up and fight for you when you are getting a gun pointed at your head. That person doesn't care who you have trained with, what belt you hold or what certificate you have hanging on the wall. Your instructor is not going to be able to show up and fight your battles for you. It doesn't mean that the time was wasted and that there is no value in learning from the best but at the end of the day it's up to you. There are plenty of martial artists out there that train with high-level practitioners all the time that still can't fight. Lineage is good for resumes, websites and selling seminars, but in terms of your ultimate ability to survive violence, it doesn't matter.
This content was taken from a youtube interview with Ryan Hoover. Click the link to view.