There is a long thread on MMA Underground (ATAMA BJJ) where several people accused Marcello Monteiro selling belts. If this is true then anybody who receives a belt from Marcello will be scrutinized for sure. Getting a brown belt in 6 years is questionable in my book. **** I don't give away purple belts unless they have 5 years of hard training in so getting a brown in 6 makes me shake my head.
Also taking pics with other peoples medals around the neck is ridiculous for sure. I have never placed my student's medals around my neck not even as a joke and that makes as much sense as placing someone's college class ring on my finger and then taking a pic of me wearing it....I did not earn it so why in the **** would I be wearing it.
Oops double post...disregard
Not to derail the thread too entirely, but my instructor, bullshido member Caseyboy, got his blackbelt in just over 6 years from none other than Jacare, so...
Originally Posted by Team Python
You're right it is just soap opera politics. However, it just doesn't seem right to go from a purple belt in 2009 to a black belt in 2012? 3 years? No competition record to speak of? His professor is in Indianapolis? How is he getting his instruction? Just seems suspect. But hey, he's a black belt. He's got his association. Whatever, he's no prodigy. But hey, I'm just a hater.
Originally Posted by Cowardly Lurker
I want to be very clear. I haven't rolled with Mike since we were blue belts. I have no idea whether or not he "deserves" the promotions. I do think it's fast, but that's my opinion, which means very, very little. I am still a one stripe purple belt, and will likely be one for a long, long time.
Originally Posted by jimmygraham35
As I see it, there are two legitimate issues, and the rest is pointless or is already settled.
One is whether Professor Montiero is "selling belts." Is there any basis to this? I don't know, but if you're alleging it, post some proof.
The other is that Mike alleges in his bio that he "currently competes and coaches in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) events throughout the United States." I haven't seen any evidence that he competes in either BJJ or MMA events. He may. As I said, I haven't thought much about this thread until TowTruck posted the pictures from up in Seattle. I don't think he's competed in any BJJ or MMA events in the Seattle area in at least the last 3 or so years, but he may very well compete elsewhere.
Other than that, it's just regional politics.
I agree with you Lurker, that it's just regional politics. I have no proof that he is not legit. I do know a couple of guys that train with him. A purple belt that used to train with them left Mike and headed to GB in Federal Way. My personal experience with him definitely soured me on him and his team. It just strikes me as odd that you can go from purple to brown to black in 3 years. I think most guys that get belts fast, have tremendous competition records and become well known for their skill on the mat. Mike has no record locally at the Rev or NW Submission Challenge in Idaho or at the subleague in Oregon or any other local tournaments in the last 5 years. Again, just odd. Like I said, I'm really just a hater. No disrespect towards Lurker or anyone else that's posted. This is all just directed at Mike Proctor.
I just read this whole link. That dude Fuzzy nails it on the head with what happened at BJJ Tacoma. He laid out the steps to get promoted in this association. It's just a shame.
This is the type of black belt coming from this association.