"Concrete Knuckles MMA in Long Island, NY"
Ok so this new gym opens up in my area Concrete Knuckles (yes that's actually the name) so I decided to look into who was teaching.
First of all the head striking and founder is a guy named Omar Carrion. He claims to be the first American to participate in a San Shou tournament in China which definitely seems false. Especially considering I know someone else from Suffolk County that competed in San Shou in China along time ago! He also says he came home with a medal when his opponents ran into his "concrete knuckles." Well a quick google search of "Omar Carrion kickboxing" only references an amateur fight where he was knocked out by a local kid a few years ago in the 2nd round. I couldn't find anything else to back up his claims such as fighting for the "prestigious PKF middle weight title." He claims a black belt in GoJu Ryu Karate. I'm not saying the guy has no experience but definitely questionable to say the least to be a head coach at a big gym. (square foot wise)
Next I looked at the Brazilian jiu-jitsu. One of the slides on the front page tells the visitor to "check out our world class bjj skills." So I look at who is the head coach and he is a brown belt under Soca named Joe Thompson. So at first glance this seemed definitely legit considering Soca is an amazing instructor and very accomplished bjj competitor. So I dug a little further and things got a little bit fishy. His bio talks about him fighting professionally in shows "such as Ring of Combat." After finally finding his fighter profile I discovered his career record stands at 0-2. Unfortunately for Joe that wasn't the worst part. He was knocked out in both of his fights in 39 seconds combined!!! That's right both were first round knockout losses in 18 and 21 seconds consecutively! If you don't believe me here is the link: http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Joe-Thompson-15703 So after seeing that I looked at his list of bjj accomplishments. They looked impressive until again I dug a little deeper. On top of the list is 2nd place in the absolute division of an IBJJ world championships. After 10 minutes of not finding him in the IBJJF results for the worlds that year I realized it was the "IBJJ" as I just mentioned. I've never heard of the IBJJ and it seems awfully similar to the prestigious IBJJF! Another pretty impressive accomplishment listed was a 2nd place medal in the 2010 IBJJF World No-Gi Championships. This obviously seemed legit until I went back to the IBJJF website. He did get 2nd place all right but it was in the purple belt masters division at heavyweight. That in itself wouldn't be too bad until you consider the fact that there were 2 people in the division!!!! That's right the guy is listing coming in 2nd place out of 2 people as an accomplishment!! Link for result is here: http://www.ibjjf.org/results/2010mundialnogi.htm When you listen to his claim of "winning or medaling in over 70 tournaments" you get the jist of his path to those medals when you look at his mma record and the bjj accolades I talked about.
So I am not straight out calling these guys frauds with no experience but I'm sure most would agree that there is some serious deception going on here with regards to the head instructors of this gym. I wouldn't have a problem with them if they didn't talk about "world class bjj" or being "the first San Shou competitor from America in China." If you want to see there inflated claims for yourself there instructor page is here : http://www.concreteknuckles.com/instructors/ So let me know what you guy's think and if you live near Long Island spread the word: If you want serious training from respected and accomplished instructors on Long Island this is not the gym to go to!!!