Those of you living in the Uk might be aware of Natmac. National Martial Arts College. There was a link to the website on the Bullshido homepage a while ago. At first glance this seems like an MMA school. Kickboxing, grappling, boxing, etc are all taught along with some karate.
I ask you all please, do not be fooled. I went down and had a free introductory lesson, before speaking to Tony Higo, founder of Natmac.
Tony is a businessman above all else. He told me how his instructors get paid loads and that he has several houses, boats, cars, etc. Hmm, I wonder why. Taking fools money? It costs £10,000 to train to become an instructor. WTF? Greedy bastard!
I told somebody I had done judo for 10 years and was not quite a black belt. He commented that that was "not very good" and with the nat Mac system, people can achieve their black belt in 2 years or less.
The main aim of the school is to "produce black belts"
Classes last half an hour and the fees are ridiculously hiigh for such a short time. You pay for periods of so many week and will end up paying literally hundreds a month.
You must buy a NatMac suit (basically a karate suit) even if you have your own suit from another martial art.
I saw an instructor teaching judo and he was rubbish! £10,000 to be able to suck at doing Ogoshi against a static uke.
Higo's claim to fame is holding the Guiness World Record for fastest high kicks (10 a second. Is that possible? Somebody tell me as I'm not a kicker).
Higo said that fancy, spinning kicks are not practical in real life. Good, I agree. He then said he teaches them because a lot of people just like to do them. Better yet, why not just don't teach them and get it into the heads of those people wanting to do flashy moves that they have no business in fighting. Tell them to go to drama school.
Whilst some things are good (they regard boxing punches as the best, and there are good arts in there. E.g judo and boxing amongst the crap) but the high prices, the way the place is run like a business (Tony has his own office in the dojo and whenever speaking to him you must bow to him and call him sir), the kiddie black belts, the short time it takes to become a black belt and the incompetence of one instructor to perform even a simple judo move has prompted my decision to announce Bullshido on NATMAC. Those in the UK, do yourselves a favour and stay away from this place. Hre is the website, with addresses of the NATMAC clubs if you wish to check things out for yourselves: