More importantly, do you agree with what they have posted about the organization? That it's a money making scheme that does not do any live sparring? Here on bullshido, exorbitant fees + no resistance training = BS. If you don't agree with them, please post why, and refer to the organization itself, because the rest of your post, like Talia's, focuses on one person.
Originally Posted by Blase
None of this matters because we are talking about an organization, not a sole person. Like I said before, Bruce Lee was supposedly a good fighter, but that doesn't change the fact that a majority of JKD these days is a money making scheme.
To the Bullshido members, in particular Das Moose: The remark from the woman was bang on the money. I'm sure Mr Rimmington wouldn't be pleased to hear his name bandied about, but I had no difficulty understanding the challenge for what it was - namely an invite for you to let your opinions be known to someone who works tirelessly for the furtherance of WJJF Worldwide. Das Moose, you're convinced the style is ****, yet you admit you wouldn't tackle Sensei Rimmington in any capacity (here you show some wisdom). If the style is **** and totally ineffective, his 7th dan grade shouldn't matter a jot because it's all a joke, self-promoted blah blah etc right? The fact he's a big man shouldn't come into it either. The argument is about the effectiveness of the WJJF syllabus for self defence. Mr Rimmington isn't in competition shape, but even just using syllabus techniques and none of the boxing/judo experience you assume he has, he'd still damage you severely and in a very short amount of time and the same would be true for most of the posters here. Some people are just dangerous and until you've watched someone built like a brick outhouse weighing probably in excess of 18 stone, most of it muscle, move quicker than your average featherweight boxer and do so with grace and power, you can't really comment.
Regardless, if you want to test out a system itself, and if you want to do it through a fight between two people (which doesn't make sense because neither person would completely represent either style), then at the very least you should equalize the factors so that you make the focus of the fight on the merits and weaknesses of each style, not each person. Having someone with decades more experience than you in MA, who outweighs you by a significant amount, only adds factors to the fight.
Again, I don't think a one v one would prove much, but if you are going to do it, to keep the focus on the style and organization (since that is what is coming under scrutiny on this thread), you should try and equalize all other factors.
Besides, you can't pick and choose your opponents in a street fight. Saying you'll only fight someone in the same weight class, with your rules and tacking on a proviso that they can ONLY have trained WJJF for, or less than, 3 years is a jest surely? Again, picking a fight you know you can probably win? I can think of 5 students off the top off my head that match your criteria that could hurt you very badly, assuming it was a test of the effectiveness of the system in self defence and not the effectiveness of the system for winning grappling tournaments under grappling tournament rules.
This is no excuse. If sheer numbers cause a decline in the system or training of it, then you are doing a disservice to your art. If schools aren't responsible enough to pump out decent fighters and keep standards high, they don't deserve to be in the organization.
The nature of affiliation is such that there are obviously a lot of clubs where standards are slack. People want to be under the WJJF umbrella to give them some credibility, but Soke Clarke can't vet everyone and personally oversee them all. As mentioned his health isn't the best and his time is limited also.
Actually this site has been articled in martial arts publications, it's existence is widely known amongst internet martial arts forums. There's too much crap out there in MA, too many people who are willing to take your money and teach you garbage that will get you killed in a fight. Most of the members (at least the non trolling, non bandwagon people) here have been caught in a McDojo or Bullshido and have suffered for it. If we can help even just one person avoid that, then I'd say we're pretty valuable to the MA community.
There's some intelligent people here and I think it's a crying shame that most of you seem to spend lots of time being the self-promoted champions of the misled masses, exposing the McDojo's for what they are etc. Most people don't care, most people don't even know of the existence of this site. Those that do are probably already clued up enough to know the real deal from the sham.
Completely irrelevant. Street vs competition is not the issue here, because you need live resisting methods for both. And it is alledged, and confirmed by members of your organization, that WJJF does not offer this. Don't turn this into a "street deadly" discussion, because according to these members of your organization, you don't provide enough quality training for either. Please address those points, not some circular argument.
Yes the system is lacking in some areas, randori on a regular basis would be great, but it's not the be all and end all of training just because that is true of yourselves. Training for competition isn't the same as training for the street. It has parallels and usefulness yes, but most of the time it is down to attitude.
It happens. Alive training is no guarantee and it doesn't make you invincible. But can you imagine what would happen if all the training you had was against compliant partners in a prearranged setting? You keep talking about not getting to choose your opponents. By the same token you don't get to choose someone who will be your training partner, who will stop before hurting you and giving you the opening to do your technique in a prearranged sequence.
I've seen pro and amateur boxers and kickboxers get schooled in brawls by street toughs with next to no formal training. All their alive training availed them nothing.
This thread is not about Rimington, or about Das vs whoever, or street vs sport - we have allegations against your organization, and we'd like to see some discussion on that, not a post chock filled with excuses and random references to age old irrelevant discussion.