It is always difficult to answer a question about an instructor or course in particular. But, in an overall nutshell, and in a general response to all questions about all people with courses on the marketplace?...So, if so many people are all doing the same good things, the next tie-breaker for me is where do they come from. What have they done? Like me, you, the customer then must decide- is it real, Memorex or just tissue paper?
...There are some people on the market place that have built their ad/marketing campaigns on a thin, tissue paper of lies and exaggerations, things we old-timers know the true, background stories about. How and where they got started. How they came up. I guess I am an old-timer and I know these people and stories-chapter and verse.
There is a USA guy claiming to be trained and teaching the secret Viking fighting arts. Yet, when I was in Sweden recently, the common consensus from martial experts was there is no such system in all of the Nordic areas. USA doesn’t know this. This guy has gone through several fad phases in the last 20 years, Indians, Green Berets, now Vikings.
“Prior criminal investigator”…touts one knife expert….Really? When was this? Where? We know him his whole short, life. I know people who attended grammar school with this kid. When did he squeeze that police career in? Hmmmm?
“Post 911 government, counter-terrorism expert." - sounds like Jack on the tv show 24, huh? Not really-simply just a common, sky marshal. And was forced out for a felony after only 6 months of work
"Exclusive hand-to hand combat instructor for the US Navy SEALs" (wow that was a lulu)
“Appalachian Mountains Knife Fighting expert” touts another knife guy, who apologizes for telling lies every few years. Is this the next one? Trusted historians say there is no such thing.
An ex-con who teaches cops how to shoot…then the police freak out later when they discover this truth…
Coke heads teaching the DEA…(wha? How does this happen?)
I could go on and on and on and on and on... and some of what they teach is...generally good stuff, too!
These are the questions customers must ask, that people like me are not always the best to answer, (publicly anyway- we sound like sour grapes, jealousy and gossip when we say it, huh?)
But, to me overall quality is not always based on the observation that some of the material was good. Is the instructor half-full (confabulations and exaggerations) or full (lies) of crappolla, too?
How much does this factor weigh in the overall review of a instructor and a course?