‘On the contrary to modern SD and MMA systems, the TMA styles usually spend majority of their time training responses to what someone called 'habitual acts of physical violence' - wrist grabs, lapel grabs, side headlocks, bearhugs (front, rear, over, under etc.),hook punch etc.’
Nice one NowhereMan22000, in my limited karate experience this is not the case, you may see some of this at a demo or recruitment day, at the start of the beginners classes but more often or not this will succumb to straight line training (shotokan) (under the guise of power generation and delivery system), kata and sparring because; most instructors have not experienced anything else, its not approved by the organisation and/or that’s their safety area.
‘My question is, how relevant do you think this type of training is to self defence? Instead of just sparring against someone throwing punches?’
In relation to the Habitual Acts of Physical Violence which is Patrick McCarthy’s theory I’m sure he would be happy to answer any of your questions.
Its my understanding that he is not suggesting that someone will attack you with a wrist grab but that this may occur from your actions and that one should direct the confrontation to a position that one is comfortable with (a scenario that one has been in before).
e.g. haymaker comes in block/bridge etc. (whatever you wish to call it) the punch and grab the attacker by the groin he will grab your wrist to remove it from his groin, he may grab with one or two hands. There you have it a wrist grab!
Some HAPV may occur directly, I believe that there is 36 HAPV with 72 variations.
Take any technique/throw etc practice it, then work it against those attacks, what I like is that its accepted that you may fall to the ground, that something may go wrong, that when it does (in the dojo) this is where the learning curve is pushed out.
Well it’s a lot more relevant that 3 step sparring :-)
Remembering that his theory is based on the fact that one party does not want to fight.
'And second thing, how would you train these things in more "alive" manner?'
Like NowhereMan22000 suggested!
A lot of time is spent on the physical in most clubs but the same weight is not give to what happens before it goes physical; the prevention this is an area that should highlighted but that’s another thread,