Actually, that would probably work against you.
That may sound strange, but it is true. The way a karateka punches is very different from the way a Taiji player does the same. And the Silat guy would look at both and say "very nice- but not what I do."
But if you do not have complete mastery of at least one art, and probably more than one, you would look at things and just assume they were all the same.
Take a look at how most of us look at a tree and say "tree." But if you really, really spend time around trees you would know a Birch from a Larch from an Oak. For most of us, it really does not matter. But for those that want to master something, it matters a great deal. It is not the similarities that are important, it is the very subtle differences that need to be discovered to become a master.
You have learned something. That means you have habits and a way of looking at things. Sad to say, it means you have some habits for looking at things. So more than most, you would need someone to stand over you and point out when you were using your old habits when you should be doing it the new way.
Oh, and you might want to check out the following thread.
As you can see by reading the above, the founder of "Impact Ninjutsu" turned tail and ran when asked some very direct questions. Look for post #19 where the following was asked.
The founder of Impact ninjutsu actually ignored it and stoped posting in that thread. Then he started posting in another thread. When the same question was brought up by the same poster, he again decided to ignore the question and flee. It looks like he now would prefer to let others do his marketing for him.
Ok, this thread has come to my attention by a couple of my members, so for their sake I will respond. First, let me explain why I left the forum in the first place. I love rational and reasonable debate. The only catch is that it must be an educated debate to produce any real results. The bottom line is that I attained a 5th dan in the bujinkan and had 17 years of experience in the system. Matter of fact, I have never actually "left" as I never filed any resignation. So I can speak with some authority and knowledge about the bujinkan, the system, etc. Also note, I have never disparaged the bujinkan in any way. I have no anomosity or ill-will, I just wanted to do something different, my own thing. By the mere fact that my antagonizers have NOT taken one lesson or registered for the site for any appropriate length of time, therefore, they are ignorant of Bansenshukai ninjutsu and don't have any basis, other than assumption, for their opinions or comments. What was the point of any further discussion? I saw none, they had their minds made up. So, it was not running or fleeing, it was prioritizing my time for more productive undertakings.
Let me go ahead and answer the question that apparently was posed to me a couple of times. The answer is yes. I could have learned everything from a video that I learned in the academy. That being said, I would have still had to put the information into practice and actually spend time "doing" the material. I could not simply watch a video and miraculously become a proficient officer. That is my honest answer, but somehow I don't think you will believe me since you have your mind made up as to how I should have answered. The bottom line is that everyone learns differently.
About the omote gyaku video. It is a sample class. My kyu ranks last approximately 5 months apiece at two classes a week which equals about 40 classes per kyu. Do you really think that is the only class I offer on omote gyaku? Could anyone teach omote gyaku with all its complexities in 15 minutes? Of course not. Is it my best work? No, but I have not heard any positive comments as to how the class could have been taught better or what it was I did wrong. The fact is, I did nothing wrong, it was an adequate CLASS, not a comprehensive study.
I will just conclude with one more thing. I pride myself in openess and honesty. The bansenshukai takes no TAIJUTSU from the bansenshukai text, only principles. Our taijutsu is based on budo taijutsu, judo, american ju-jitsu, boxing etc. I never have claimed to be a grandmaster, soke, or even a great martial artist. I am what I am and offer what I offer. If you like it, wonderful, if not, good luck to you. The fact is, those who have not taken basenshukai ninjutsu for any length of time should simply stay quiet on the matter. Ignorance is not budo, and definitely not part of the benevolent heart of which Dr. Hatsumi teaches.