As a newcomer I had the understanding that the whole point of pummel is to get better and to have the best art win. I think in life and even in the art world it doesn't matter how long or hard you've been working on a craft all that matters is that you are better and you produce. There's always gonna be someone nipping at your heels and the way Pummel is structured currently implements that, always stay sharp and ready to defend. As a very competitive person it has truly motivated me to seek out and participate in Pummel.
again just a perspective from a person who has no real connection to Pummel's past but values it greatly