I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS!
Sorry! It is not that I can't believe what you wrote is true, BUT I simply can't believe that someone was taught this & actually tried to apply it that way!
(Also not sorry for shouting, because I was! LOL!).
Now I have to ask some follow up questions:
What ranks were they?
Did or do they train at a registered up to date ITF Dojang?
Do they have ITF BB Certs (if BBs)?
Do they actually compete in ITF Tournaments with continuous rules?
If so, how do they fare?
And if they compete in real ITF Tournaments, do they see others competing in fighting doing that as well?