Shim Shin Do - Are these awards fake?
It seems like it is so hard to sort out the McDojos from the real McCoys and often I see instructors claiming all sorts of awards and titles from places and organizations I've never heard of.
Just out of curiosity I checked out 'Master' Sergio Barriga's Shim Shin Do website and it seems he is raking in awards faster than the 'Natural' is proving age isn't always an issue in the UFC.
OK, so I'm supposed to believe based on his press that 'Master' Barriga invented the only true American martial art. Now I'm supposed to believe he is being recognized by all these organizations as 'National and International Hall of Fame 2005 Grand Master of the Year' and 'Elite Head 2006 Founder of the Year.'
Does anyone know if any of these awards are close to being legit? Or is it as I suspect a bunch of fellow McDojo owners scratching his back in hopes of future returns?
You can see the awards on the home page of shimshindo.com