Richard Spencer, International Combat Authority
Richard Spencer appeared on the Martial Arts Planet forums in March 2012 as MAP user Xa-Ryu, advertising a martial arts system of the same name. When MAP members called him out on some extremely questionable claims and material that his website copied from other sources without citation, he locked non-members out of the Xa-Ryu web site, made a new MAP account and claimed the old one was a fake (both accounts had the same IP address), and then disappeared from MAP altogether.
Shortly after his embarrassment on MAP, Master Richard Spencer of Xa-Ryu disappeared and reappeared as Soke Richard Spencer of the equally questionable Kong Sento Bujitsu. This apparently didn't pan out either, because Spencer disappeared again, this time to reappear as Dr. Richard Spencer of the International Combat Authority. The ICA, which claims to be a worldwide close quarter combat (CQC) organization training and certifying security personnel all over the world, is now on its third website.
Throughout the whole story, the various incarnations of Richard Spencer have all claimed martial arts experience and ranks far beyond what anyone so young (he told MAP he was 32) could have achieved, and have all claimed service in the British Army as a "commando".
Spencer has been covering his e-tracks as he goes by shutting down his websites, but this whole matter has been catalogued by MAP in the thread Spencer originally started as Xa-Ryu: http://www.martialartsplanet.com/for...d.php?t=108072.
We've just found Spencer's new ICA website: http://www.icacqc.com.
Spencer's strategy this time seems to be to provide no information at all so that no one can catch him in a lie. The site provides no information about the qualifications of ICA instructors, no list of organizations it has worked with, no names of specific people to contact, and no address for the ICA or anyone in it.
Notice the pictures on the site's homepage. Both appear to be marked "(C) ICA". I discovered as ran my mouse cursor over the images that the "(C) ICA" is not part of the image, but separate web site text, which makes me wonder if this isn't another case of Spencer re-branding others' work as his own.
I stuck the only phone number on the web site into to Google and turned up two LinkedIn pages on which Spencer is selling his services at some pretty steep prices:
Notice that one of these even has a recommendation from another LinkedIn user.
Some of Spencer's previous e-incarnations indicated a location in or near Cardiff, England, but I haven't been able to find anymore than that yet. If anyone here knows anything about this guy, I'd love to hear it, and so would my friends at MAP.
I'll post more as I find it as well.