Tres Espadas vs. "sean michael"
I am posting this in Trollshido because this is about a guy who's Bullshido moniker is "sean michael." He trolled our website ( www.tresespadas.org ) which we had left open to public comments (which we have now fixed.) He went so far as to say our latest kids video is the one that demonstrates the most proficiently skilled martial arts involved in Tres Espadas. (Hilarious as far as trolling goes, but this guy is acting like he's serious, so we don't want to entirely dismiss him yet.)
So this is about us calling out a maybe-not-intentional troll, and having his grievances with our club well documented, as well as any counter arguments we care to provide. It will get ugly, and I will certainly drop out of the conversation at some inappropriate time.
Our club is focused on the learning community, not on individual masters. We have a spar-in-front-of-camera, reflect on video footage, and do better next time on camera training methodology.
Our big inspiration for starting this club was Dog Brothers, and no we aren't on that level. No one is a black belt level instructor in the club. Several of the club members have been doing martial arts off and on since the 80's in various martial arts with a strong weapon focus. Other major influences are Dave Bird's Tae Sho Arnis system, bokenjitsu and knife-stabbing as is taught in vanilla Aikido, Doc Fai Wong's system, and the biggest influence on us technique wise is Lynn Thompson's videos.
Our club is generally open to the public, but is not concerned with teaching some sort of philosophy or "promoting the martial arts." It's very much about developing realistic self defense skills with weapons through sparring.
Another clarification here is most of our sparring is striking-with-weapons-only which we call "basic sparring." We have done some sparring with kickboxing moves, but generally a round kick hits a lot harder than a safety weapon, so that "advanced sparring" takes a back seat to make sure people get some weapon experience.
Ok, that's probably all the background info you need to enjoy the inevitable disaster that will be this thread. sean micheal has been known to take his time between posts, so don't be surprised if this takes a while to get started (or if this is in fact a total false start.)