I have over 36 yrs. of active training and teaching Okinawan Karate, Yang Tai Chi Chuan, and Eskrima. I served in the USMC, and have also worked in law enforcement, undercover airport security, and as a personal bodyguard.
I have many students from 5th Dan to 3rd Dan. They use our core Shorin Ryu and add bits n pieces of: Eskrima, Brazilian JJ, Muay Thai and whatever they desire to their arsenals.
I was taught to be open minded and I teach others to be that way as well. I come from the San Bernardino CA lineage of Shorin Ryu karate as taught by Willis & Michael Gneck and George Torbett.
I currently study and teach Taijiquan and am ranked in Shorin Ryu by William C. Duncan who currently resides in North Carolina.
I have fought full contact before their was safety gear invented and in the streets as well, many times.
At 60 yrs old now, I try to refer the "light work" to my students..lol