Suspicious of a local Kakidote dojo
I've recently discovered a local dojo which claims to teach something called Kakidote. It supposably combines karate, Iaido, aikido, and kyudo. The website is www.cookevillemartialarts.com I'm leaning towards classifying this as bs, but I want to introduce the background story of how I was introduced to them.
During one of my vactions from college, I decided to visit my brother's karate dojo for some quality family time. Instead of the normal instructor, we had a guest black belt. His attire was abnormal in that he claimed to be a karateka yet was dressed in an aikido style hakama, complete with a Pakastani "Katana" sword attached to his waist. Regretfully I can't remember his name but for brievity lets call him Mr. PK (Pakistani Katana). During the lesson, he referred to his techniques as okinawan karate.
I wasn't too fond of his attitude so I left immediately after class, however; my brother stayed and chatted. Later that night my bro informed me of his converstation with Mr. PK. PK said he worked as a security guard for a Car dealership in Cookeville and that he regularly had to break the arms of car theives. He even went on to state the precise thinkness of a dow rod needed to approximate the force needed to snap a hoodlums arm. Despite his legendary arm breaking, the best was yet to come. He described a home break in, during which he fought off an intruder. His account was as follows: He awoke during the night to discover a man breaking down his door. He grabbed his sai, stabbed the intruder in the groin with so much force that he literally lifted him on his tip toes. PK then used his sai to throw his elevated attacker out of the door.
Naturally such a crazy ass story raises questions. I was curious to find out where exactly in Cookeville PK was teaching at. I couldn't recall his name and no one had ever heard him say precisely what style(s) he knows. A quick search with yahoo resulted in typical tkd and krotty dojos, but nothing that teaches karate while using Japanese Swords.
Using several alternate search engines, I came across the Kakidote website.
Though I can't definitively classify Kakidote as PK's home dojo, the similarities are striking. The pics include students with standard karate gi's, gi's with hakama's, and of course Katana's.
The head instructor is named Jim Green. His bio is as follows: Sensei Jim Green
Seventh Degree Black Belt
Sensei Jim Green: 35 years teaching experience licensed certified Kenpo Instructor.
Studied under: Sensei Roy Tomason(Shorin ryu Karate), Sensei Sunny Johnson of Tracy's Kenpo Karate, Sensei Elmer Lewis of Tracy's Kenpo Karate, Sifu Ben Dacascos brother of Al Dacascos, Sensei Jimmy Mitchell Tracy's Kenpo Karate, Sensei Richard Willett of Tracy's Kenpo Karate, Sensei Mike Roberts of Tracy's Kenpo Karate.
This dojo may be entirely or partially legitimate so I don't won't to call bullshido just yet, especially since Kakidote may not be connected with the illustrious Sai stabber. I was hoping if anyone had any knowledge of this style and whether or not it is bs. I'm always suspicious of styles which claim to combine contraditory and completely opposite styles. Combining Chinese Kenpo, Aikido, Iaido, and Japanese Archery "Kyudo" is an impressive feat.