Joel Dvorin, TKD 9th Dan - Anybody from Cleveland?
I've had a great interest in this bulletin board because I once trained at a crappy, crappy McDojo, and would like to do everything I can to expose this guy.
The teacher in question is Joel Dvorin. A google search shows that he is currently claiming to be a 9th degree black belt in TKD, and that as late as 2005 was handing out ranks under dubious circumstances.
But I'll start with my story. About 12 years ago, my father, sister, two brothers and myself began training at Dvorin's dojo (I don't recall the name at the time). The dojo offered TKD, Judo and Jiujitsu, although looking back I would be hesitant to believe any instructors had credible rank in Judo or Jiujitsu. Dvorin was very fat, and could barely get a kick above his knee. The training was standard bullshido fare, with basic calesthenics, heavily padded point sparring, and lots and lots of katas.
That's just the backstory, however. Dvorin befriended my father, borrowed a sum of money from him ("to keep the school going") which I believe was in excess of $2,000, and then high-tailed it. No contact info, the school shut down, everything.
I wouldn't even mention such an allegation that I only have second-hand knowledge of, if it weren't that I saw Dvorin on the local news a few years later, being investigated for stealing money from another student.
This is most likely not a standard Bullshido case, as there isn't much to go on from the internet. I'm actually hoping more for peace of mind that Dvorin isn't currently teaching and swindling more students.
The only active school I've managed to find his name is here - http://umacleveland.com/About_The_Instructor
Last paragraph there sounds rather suspicious to me. I would recommend that school be up for bullshido review itself, but I think the photos here take care of that entirely - http://umacleveland.com/Grappling.htm
I don't know about you guys, but I always wear boxing gloves and kneepads when I grapple...