"rfccfs" / "rfcmma" / "hits" / "damafi-usa" ???
I was looking to train in sw Pennsylvania without having to drive to Pittsburgh. I'm checking out some schools around the Pittsburgh area, too, and they have legit sites, legit instructors (more than one), and legit programs. But someone told me to check out this place that just opened under a new name in a new building in Uniontown, PA. Sensei Jeff Hughes / Master Jeff Hughes / 3rd Dan Jeff Hughes. Too many titles on too many profiles and websites to even list, but that's his name.
I checked all around online and I can't find much of any info on this guy or his credentials or his experience. I did find that he's operating under all the names mentioned in the subject line (no specific business named on any business license I'm guessing). His "form" is called "Shin Ken Goshin Jutsu" and it's nowhere online except on his own websites. Anyone else ever hear of that? Because Google hasn't.
I'm about 10 miles from the dojo, so I drove by just to check out the training on his schedule for adults. Nobody was there.
Then I found out that an old friend of mine had a kid in the kids program at this place. Their kid got beaten up pretty bad doing full contact stand-up up against another kid who was twice the size. We're talking no padding, no safety precautions, full out 100% UFC style fighting with 10 and 12 year olds. The kid ended up having to go to the hospital, and this guy has now blacklisted that whole family because the kid's parents spoke out and said they didn't approve of their kid being a punching bag for someone with a 75 pound weight class difference. That's hear say I know, and I wanted to check it out for myself, but like I said - nobody there.
I did get to see the other club that runs out of that same dojo at a demonstration, and they seem legit for a traditional martial arts. But on this Jeff Hughes owner/ instructor/ sensei / 3rd Dan / Master / whatever he wants to call himself today, there's a whole lot of nothing for info on this guy's styles, programs, training, or anything. It looks like he got his belts from this damafiusa federation and he's a front man for opening the federation in the US. Some of his affiliations don't even have working website links anymore. Anything related to this damafi is all in the UK.
I'm asking - has anyone trained there or know anyone who trained there? Does Jeff Hughes really know any specific martial art well enough to teach it? Is it a legit MA training program? Something seems like bullshido with a guy who claims 3rd degree in his own self-created style of hybrid MA that doesn't even exist anywhere online. I know not everything is always online but come on. It's 2011. Just about everyone is online somewhere.
Here are the websites I found on his place:
Here's another address: http://www.superpages.com/bp/Unionto...0504797851.htm
http://www.facebook.com/groups/120252474666693/ (where to see the class schedule)
There's different phone numbers, different business names, three different addresses, different affiliations that I can't find info about anywhere.
Does anyone know is this guy legit or full of bullshido?