Dungeon MMA in Kingston, ON
There's a new gym that appears to be opening here in Kingston, although at the moment the extent of it seems to be a facebook page and a basic intro page on a website. Nothing wrong with that, it's great to see expanding interest in the sport, and Kingston's a fairly big city.
However, the owner of this prospective gym, Ryan Fitzgerald is claiming a blackbelt in BJJ. In 6 years. And his last name is not Penn. There's only a handful of BBs in Canada, and a bunch of them are Brazilian at that, so it was quite a surprise to see a 27 year old make this claim.
He says that he's trained at Bisset Academy in Calgary, then Gracie Barra Calgary under Josh Russel ( who is a very legit BB), then Fredericton BJJ. If he is being less than truthful about his BB, dropping names like that is definitely not cool.
The gym is fairly pricey for the area, if his BB is in Japanes JJ. The other experience he is claiming is somewhat lacking for a head coach, given the proven record of other trainers in the area, and the competition record is amateur, and pretty much impossible to verify.
The black belt is the only thing that I have a problem with here. Anyone can open up a gym and charge whatever they want for it, buyer beware. Their effectiveness as an instructor cannot be faked, but the BB is more or less a professional designation in this sport. If he is legit, awesome, but I have my suspicions, as he hasn't responded to other inquiries about his experience.
So I leave it to you guys here to take a look into this, there's already skepticism on the facebook page, but bullshido seems to have a way of moving things along rapidly...