Martial arts skills (YES firearms skills are a martial skill,just as using escrima sticks or whatever are) as taught in America are not 'regulated' by any actual body of authority.
Alot of times,to lend credibility to a school,they will be under the voluntary regulation of federations and other self-governing bodies.....some martial art 'styles' are also trademarked I believe.....but the most important thing to understand is that MOST schools and even the associations a school might belong to are businesses -and highly competitive businesses- at that.
Martial arts skills then become a marketable product.People selling that product have to eat and feed their kids.
For the same reason why GM wants you to think their vehicles are better than Ford-to generate sales- they use targeted advertising to attract you to all the pluses and benefits of their product.
Now,does this mean some skills as taught by some people are 'better' than others,and some are totally worthless?
Does this mean there are misconceptions of reality espoused by some schools?
Does this mean there are even downright charlatans selling snake oil in the martial arts world?
Yes,yes,and unfortunately yes.
Now,I'm not naming any names because I dont know much about Mister Piazza,I've never been to front sight and I dont have the experience of their hospitality and training to speak from,but the buyer should always beware.
Marketing gimmicks can convince you that you MUST buy this ONE concept,idea,or product in order to be ABSOLUTELY TOP NOTCH.
Thats all hype.
Ads that say you can be a super killer kung fu commando if you study Master DuDu's death style are an almost dead giveaway and invite almost sure disappointment.Or worse.They can mislead you into a severe case of foolish overconfidence.THAT can get you FUBAR real quick.
Now,is it worth a class fee to pay to train with other people and with a coach that understands the subject matter more than you do?
Yes.It is.Absolutely 100%.It can be a very excellent learning experience.
Just dont believe the hype.
We all learn differently too.
Personally-I like to look for things -skills- that have historically worked on the battlefield.
I then train likewise.
As an example; for shooting skills-I have spent alot of time on learning point shooting.
I studied some WW2 material and went to work on learning the skills.
I also like McCann's sighted fire methods.He holds a Master Instructor rating in combative skills and is a subject-matter expert in close combat for the U.S. Marine Corps.
I prefer to learn stuff from the annals of actual combat history and from people who have actually 'been there and done that' and then went on to develop a skill set based on their experience.
Does this mean I'm 'better' than anyone else?
Its just my way of learning.
I could ALWAYS use more work.The day someone has sold you a package that makes you think its time to quit learning and training cause 'your now as good as an elite soldier' is the day you bought the hype.
Dont believe the hype.
Find out what works for you,and train like the midnight express.