The writer is biased:
- Wolverine can't really claim any high ground, ever. He's been a jerk and a killer for years and it's only recently that he tried to change his image. In fact, he generally advocated that all of the younger members should learn to fight for years. That is why he taught self-defense to so many junior members.
That's not really accurate. While Wolverine has trained many of the students in self-defense and combat, there's actually only a few that he ever hand-picked for active duty. Actually, I think only Kitty and Armor, really (both of whom were virtually invulnerable, good students, and able to fight him to a standstill). He may have trained others to fight, but there's very few he suggested become X-men.
He only suggested that the New X-Men get to be active members well after they'd proven themselves in the field, and has actually spent most of his time with the X-men considering himself their protector. This has always been the difference between him and Cyclops, who was trained from day one to send kids out into the field.
I meant junior members who were between New Mutants and X-Men status, such as Psylocke, Dazzler, Kitty (even though she got some residual skills from being possessed), and eventually Armor. But I'm pretty sure I remember that he was named as the main teacher in hand to hand during the outback days.