Emerald Coast Martial Arts?
Hello Bullshido, I thought I had an account for Bullshido quite awhile ago, but I for the life of me cannot remember what email I could have used.
FULL DISCLOSURE: I am currently a member of a BJJ gym in the local area that I can't imagine competes with such a place in terms of the same type of individuals who pay to attend. Regardless I thought I would mention it, my intention is to uncover some things I viewed as being shenanigans from first glance, plus I don't want female friends of mine going to learn self defense from people who think "chi" is going to knock someone out or some BS techniques that serve no purpose other than to get yourself killed.
I currently reside around the Navarre/Fort Walton beach area of the Gulf Coast in Florida. I am an Air Force member @ Hurlburt Field AFB.
A few weeks ago the 23rd Air Force First Sergeant sent out a mass email to all of AFSOC with an attachment for a "Self Defense Seminar" sponsored by the local police department and it being held at Emerald Coast Martial Arts. Being the curious/skeptical one that I am and knowing all of the legit martial arts gyms in the are (I had never heard of this place) I decided to check out the site:
They teach Shotokan Karate primarily.
I investigated the individual who was the head of the gym: Grand Master Joseph Cayer before I really looked at anything else, and his massive amount of certificates and such caught me by surprise. (I don't do anything but BJJ/Submission Grappling and a little bit of striking, which leaves me with just the IBJJF in terms of governing body), he has his credentials listed on this page: http://www.ecma.us/grand-master-cayer/
Now, I'm personally not familiar with 99% of those organizations, there's just so many, which seems unrealistic to me. I assumed some experienced bullsniffers would be able to tell at a glance if anything was completely ridiculous or not. One of the items that peaked my interest was the fact he had the following listed under his personal accomplishments/accolades:
"Doctorate in Martial Arts Science from Shinja Martial Arts University of Bradenton, FL .
In 2010 the South African government also recognized Dr. Cayer with the title of Professor in Martial Arts Science from the College of Martial Arts, Pretoria, South Africa."
Obviously none of those degrees are accredited, but Professor from the South African Government? What?
"He also practices Israeli Krav Maga, Iai Do, Japanese Jujitsu, Koga Ryu Ninjitsu and Kubudo (weapons). In 2003 Sensei traveled to Ireland to represent the U.S. A. Karate and Jujitsu Union and fought against 18 represented countries. He won the gold in the middle weight Randori (grappling sparring) division and then took the overall Grand Championship at the event"
I've been researching (well you know, googling) this 2003 Randori Championship AKA 2003 Irish cup and couldn't come up with anything that wasn't related to this specific guy AND his student, who according to his bio took home the same medal as him. Please notice the links are a blackdragonfightingsociety link, which I am under the impression is bullshido or at least highly likely bullshido?
The Grand Master Joe Cayer seems to be athletic and they seem they have a separate kickboxing coach named Buzz Conroy, who showed up in a search for local fights.
Now I can imagine after being in the business for 20-30 years you accumalate a lot of certificates of random origins but idk. I'm not experienced enough to say, what's everyone else's opinion? Anyone know of this place first hand? Anything "Black Dragon Fighting Society" makes me roll my eyes and I also saw something called "Black Lotus Fighting System", never heard of that.
This guy was on their photo page:
Also: First post, not trying to break any rules, please let me know if I need to fix/change/destroy myself/post. Thanks,