Chief Master Dave Weatherly, World Martial Arts Academy, Fenton, MI: 5th & 8th Dans?
So I was looking online to try to find a local school with a Judo program and I found this site:
I was really suprised to discover that they had a judo program there since Mr. Weatherly is pretty well known around here, and I'd never once heard of him doing Judo.
I called up to ask about classes and I got the man himself on the phone:
Me: "Hi, i saw you offer Judo classes"
DW: "Yes we do."
Me: "Who's the main instructor of those classes?
DW: "Well I teach some of them, and we have some other black belts who instruct as well.
Me: "Great! what rank do you hold?"
DW: "I have a 8th degree black belt."
Me: "IN JUDO!??!"
DW: "No, in Hapkido, in Judo I have a 5th degree."
(To me that seems a bit... high)
Me: "Wow, ok, I'll come in and check out your classes"
Upon arriving at his school to watch the class he notices my brother and I and invites us to come to his office and chat. He is not teaching the class. He gives us a very long speech about how Hapkido is the ultimate and original martial art. Here are some quotes:
DW: "Hapkido is the original martial art. All martial arts come from Hapkido."
DW: "I tell most people to do Hapkido cause it has everything in it. It has grappling, karate, throws"
DW: "Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu- heh. That's just Judo with a new name to trick you and get your money. There's nothing new there, it's just Judo."
DW: "Some people can't handle our Hapkido classes, you know some people are big guys who can't kick very well, and some are small guys who don't wanna handle the grappling aspect of it. I recommend they take Judo or TKD because those are our "softer" classes.
DW: "I'd give demos back in the day. First the karate people would come out and do their forms, then the judo people would come out and do some throws and chokes. Then I'd come out and I'd be throwing 2 or 3 people at once and I'd impress the hell out of them"
More Style bashing:
DW: "Kung fu, don't even get me started on that. It's all a bunch of crap"
DW: "Tang so doo, that's just a dance class to make soccar moms feel like they're teaching their kids to protect themselves"
Best quote Ever:
DW: "There some guys around here claiming to be MASTERS, they're just Americans."
After about 20 minutes of this rant I asked him some questions.
ME: "What belt rank did you say you had in Judo again?"
DW: "A 5th degree black belt"
ME: "Is it in Yudo or Judo?"
DW: "Yudo, but it's exactly the same thing"
ME: "Who are your belts registered with?"
DW: "The united states Yudo assoiciation."
ME: "Ok cool."
At this point my brother (who holds a brown belt in Judo) and I went to go watch the class. Although Mr. Weatherly seemed not too up on Judo, dispite being a 5th dan. We wanted to see the class.
Some things I noticed off the bat were that although this is "Yudo" they're using the japaneese name for everything. I don't know if this is the standard practice or not, perhaps a Yudoka could fill me in.
Adults were wearing children belt colors. Some had stripes on them. Someone in the class was wearing a red belt.
We were anxious to see the rondori, if their rondori was of high quality that probably would have sold us. Class ends, no rondori. Insted class ended with some drill where your opponent would push you a few times and then you would do a compliant very-akido-like takedown.
Two of the kid students in there decide to spar with each other on the ground (I forget the Judo term, is it newaza?) Anyway the slightly bigger of the two pulls guard on the smaller one. One of the black belt instructors says, "What would you do from there in a REAL fight except get punched in the face?"
The student promptly armbared the other one, and I hear someone say, "That kid used to take brazilian jiu jitsu". After armbarring the other kid (A technique which they'd just showed in class.) the same instructor who asked what he'd do in a real fight exclaimed, "If it's not in the Kodokon it doesn't belong in class!!!"
At that point my brother looked at me and said, "Like their belt system?"
The kids sparred again and the other one promptly pulled guard and then triangled the other kid. The instructor again yelled at the kid saying "that wasn't judo" and telling him he "watched to much TV" whatever the **** that meant.
During that match Cheif Master Weatherly came out and watched them spar. The kid who pulled guard was attempting a kimura. CM weatherly looked at one of his instructors, and to me he seemed a bit confused. He said, 'Looks like he's attempting some sorta "wing-lock".
I looked on the walls of the place to see if there were any Yudo/Judo certificates next to the bunch of Hapkido ones, but I couldn't find any.
I left there pretty unimpressed, but not wanting to be scammed I wrote an email to the united states Yudo Org asking if Cheif Master weatherly held any rank in Yudo. It's been over a week with no reply.
Anyway, does anyone know of any way to verify a ranking in Yudo or Judo beyond writing letters to the organizations? I didn't see any certificates showing his rank. I also didn't get to see CM Weatherlys skill at all at Yudo, I just found it odd that a 5th dan in Judo would be so.... dismissive of it.
Are Ranks in Yudo easier to get than Judo? I know a 5th degree is very high ranking.
Looking on the internet I couldn't turn up anything about him holding rank in Yudo/Judo. But I did find this and found it Humorous:
Which was taken from: http://www.budoseek.net/vbulletin/sh...ad.php?t=18202
In 1984 Dave Weatherly was The President of "North American Hapkido Federation "
He is A little bit controversial he claimed to have studied under someone Named Master Ji San Jae ,whom he said was the younger Brother Of Ji Han Jae .He was making these claims years ago .No one I repeat No one in Hapkido had ever heard of him ,I checked in Korea As did my teachers
This Master Ji of his was so ly and the Best he was considered and A national treasure of Korea. He was not allowed to leave Korea ,And lived in a temple in the mountains training and Teaching Hapkido,"Weatherly" was So lucky to be his only student
I asked Grandmaster Ji about this and he said if this guy trained under His brother ,He would be in the Hotel Business he laughed since his brother was a Hotel manager.
I met him ( Weatherly ) in 1984 or so ,He had seen my picture in Traditional TKD magazine and wanted to get together ,And unify Hapkido I was a fourth Dan under the Old "Korea Hapkido Association" and he claimed to be under the "Kido Hae" and thougth the KHA would bless this merger
We (mike McCarty) and I helped him to a demonstration in Flint Mich. Along with Keven Fowler a student Of Master Hyun in chicago and Mike Ausburger of Chung do mool sul kwan . Also at the demonstration were the Ma brothers (twins) and master Yang these guys were Kuk Sool at the time . They were also elected in this organization
In order to promote the seminar/demonstration "Dave" requested I send photos of myself for a newspaper article on Hapkido and for the Posters advertising the event ,I did not send any so He found someone whom had dark hair and a mustache and used his face with my name .
'OH" i forgot to mention He also made me the Vice president of the New association ,without an Election or anything "COOL" I resigned in about a week
This all I know you can check with some of the names i mentioned in case I may have forgotten something
Anyway, humor aside I'm mostly interested in Finding out if he holds a 5th dan in yudo/judo.