Santiago Shatan - Russian Jiu Jitsu, MFS/Carlson Gracie Certs?
Allow me to make this short and sweet.
This guy claims to be a Gracie Brown belt and a MFS Purple Belt (4 stripes).
And this is his website
His certifications have already been viewed by my instructor and are now being forwarded to Gracie affiliates for further debunking. However, everyone to have viewed them have agreed that these documents are bogus. Take a look yourself.
(see obviously phony certifications below)
And the Gracie totally-different-not-at-all-the-same-certificate
The man himself.
"Master Instructor Santiago Shatan.
*In 1983, the former soviet union’s “OSNAZ” group, the elite special military forces reporting directly to the KGB, commissioned 3 world class wrestlers to develop a hybrid system of martial arts, with particular focus on hand to hand assassination. This group was headed by Alimbeg Bestaev, with assistance from Aslan Khadarstev and Dzakhsorov Tauzbek.
*Mr. Shatan is the only direct descendant of this training program that currently resides in the U.S.
*this martial arts system is especially effective for persons with wrestling backgrounds. This system contains innovative techniques which inject some fresh alternatives into Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) applications.
*This system is at the heart of the storyline of a new movie in production by Hollywood Producer and Actor Don Johnson. (”Miami Vice”).
Curriculum: (now doing seminars and teaching at the Mejiro Gym L.A.)
1. Skull & spine compression.
2. Alternatives to traditional positional theory
3. Submission from difficult positions"