More important, people with absolutely no self defense training find that they can learn and master the Reality Based techniques and training methods just as well, if not better, as the "black belts" in the same courses. After all, it does not take years to learn real self defense, it takes days.
How long does it really take to learn how to defend yourself?
If you walk into any traditional martial arts school as a beginner and ask the instructor, "I want to learn how to protect myself. How long will it take to learn?"
The typical answer will be, "Three to five years" depending on the system and how many days a week you can devote to it.
On the other hand, if you join the United States Army, the Israeli Army, the French Army, or the Russian Army how long will it take for them to teach you how to defend yourself? These organizations will not only teach you about self-preservation but how inflict injury on the enemy in only five to six weeks by attending a Basic Combat Training course. This short time not only includes hand-to-hand combat and learning various weapon systems, but other soldiering skills are in the mix including marching, hygiene, military customs, and a lot of other things.
A SWAT officer goes to learn the highest levels of police tactics in a matter of only two weeks to four weeks.
Most counter terrorist courses for special operations personnel are under eight weeks.
Most top bodyguard schools in the world are six months long, and only a few days are devoted to the defensive tactics one needs to know.
If you were to boil down the advanced Israeli military hand-to-hand combat program into an around-the-clock course it would amount to a full week of intense training, and slightly longer for the U.S. Army Combatives program and the U.S. Marine MCMAP system.
So, why is it when you go to a traditional-based civilian martial arts instructor they say it takes years to learn self defense, and when you go to the professionals who do the conflict for real they tell you it will take only days? Who's right, the civilians or the professionals?
The truth is that learning real self defense only takes days. If you can't master any self-defense move in five minutes then it is either too complicated or too impractical.