And thats really what I want to get down to. Discussing different training methods, so we can compare uses, see what works and what doesn't, and instead gear our training towards being effective rather than following style.
I think, in alot of ways, that is what many people want. Some people are interested in a tradition for the sake of the tradition, which is great as long as they don't confuse that with being the most effective simply because its what the tradition says. The rest of us are all looking for what works best.
I think the major division between TMA and MMA is not in our training methods or our arts so much as our outlook on what constitutes working and not working. As you probably well know, MMA only came about in the form we know it today from an attempt to test styles head to head on neutral ground until the best one emerged... and we got a hybrid of four arts, boxing, wrestling, BJJ and muay thai (or equivalent material from other sources) that has served well.