Originally Posted by 3Kings
Don;t forget about this guy!
Originally Posted by Kayne
if Anzalone was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 1991 then he would have been released in 2006. I wonder where he learned BJJ?
Hartman was promoted to 6th dan by Presas in 2000. After Presas death, he (Hartman) formed the World Modern Arnis Alliance and appointed a WMAA Advisory Board comprised of his students. The Board promoted Hartman to 7th and 9th dan, making room at the top for their own promotions by Hartman. One hand washes the other, so to speak.Quote:
Originally Posted by Gabster the Bad Elf
Originally Posted by Rock Ape
I trained in Nihon Goshin Aikido for three years (1994-96). In fact I remember when Jerry Phelps moved away to open his school in Buffalo. His claims of being undefeated are difficult to believe.
“The challenges came from wrestlers, judo practitioners and jiu-jitsu practitioners from other styles of jiu-jitsu, none were successful, Phelps - Sensei never lost a match.”
As I recall he wasn’t very big, has to be pushing forty by now, and never exactly struck me as being a bad ass fighter either so I’m calling bullshit on his allegedly undefeated record in challenge matches.
In Jerry’s defense however I can understand why he decided to break away from NGA and teach his own thing. By reading his website it looks to me that he wanted to address the piss poor NGA striking and also the non existent groundwork/grappling in an attempt to make it more practical. Unfortunately if you have an NGA school and attempt to make any changes to the official NGA syllabus you will probably get thrown out. The official NGA party line is that NGA is the ultimate in self defense and no changes are necessary.
Phelps isn’t the first NGA black belt school owner that I’ve heard of who had a falling out with the higher ups in the organization and who subsequently decided to break away. Walter Kopitov was another NGA black belt who didn’t see eye to eye with the NGA headquarters and who also left the organization. I think that he ultimately called his place Nihon Goshin Aiki-JuJutsu. Unfortunately once you have a falling out with the organization you won’t be able to continue to call your place “Nihon Goshin Aikido” without the threat of getting sued so that helps to explain why these guys decided to form their own system. I don’t think that they decided one day “I’m a martial arts master and innovator and I’m going to make up my own system”. I think that their decision was based more on politics than anything else.
All that being said however whether you call it Nihon Goshin Aikido, Nihon Goshinjutsu Aikido, Nihon Goshin Aiki-JuJutsu etc. at the end of the day it’s all just another name for Bullshido.
Hartman's promotion to 7th dan 1/31/03
He apparently skipped 8th dan.
Hartman's promotion to 9th dan 6/05/05
"The promotion not only recognizes Datu Hartman's technical skill and his leadership role in Modern Arnis; it also places him at the apex of the rank chain in the WMAA, as befits the Technical Director and President of the organization. This will allow him to promote other WMAA members, such as those currently holding the rank of 5th degree black belt, to appropriate ranks within the WMAA in the future."
This is from Phelps's website:
Notice that he claims to be accomplished in BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU. As far as I know Phelps verbally claims to be a champion BJJ brown belt also . Phelps apparently made this outrageous claim after he got done watching Rickson Gracie BJJ instructional DVD's. Phelps is so pompous and arrogant that he wears multicolor aikido belts to grappling tournaments where he loses to BJJ white belts.Quote:
Jerry R. Phelps - Sensei is an accomplished martial artist in several styles of Budo, including ISSHIN RYU KARATE, BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU and NIHON GOSHIN AIKIDO.
Mr. Phelps has been dedicated to the study of Budo (Warrior's ways ) for well over 20 years. He has devoted his life to training and teaching. Because of this his students consistently meet the highest standards of the martial arts world.
Originally Posted by injacolat1on
I remember Phelps being kind of cocky and having a bit of small man complex going on. I figured that since that was 12 years ago that maybe the guy may have grown and matured as a person in that time. Since he’s claiming to be a BJJ brown belt (and undefeated in challenge matches too) then “pompous and arrogant” may be a good way of describing him.