You are incorrect. I left Fosters in late 2008. After I left Fosters I received two more stripes on my blue belt and shortly after received my purple belt. From then it took me 10 months (to this date) to receive three stripes. I tested for everything I have ever received. I do not "buy" my belts and to assume that is pretty sad if you claim to know me. I also do not pay for my stripes. I work for them. I do not know when I'm getting promoted. I'm honored when I do but I never expect it, I just work hard.
Originally Posted by Kentucky Fried Chokin
Being a full time instructor and running an academy is not an easy job. Until you walk in those shoes you will never understand what it takes and how fast you learn. Your game changes very quickly and you will either be successful or not, there is no in between. I chose successful and I traveled, trained and worked very hard to get to where I am. It isn't just my job, it's my life.
I have spoken to many people in the BJJ community about this thread. I've received countless phone calls and emails in support. People that where there when I received my purple belt and people that know me very well. I have also spoken to James Foster. These people should and will be posting on here to help clear things up. Posting a thread like this is very damaging to someone whether its meant to be or not. I have to take time and energy away just to respond to this post when it's a lot more personable to ask me yourself. I do not have anything to prove to anyone. If I'm questioned then there is an open invitation to stop by my academy. I sent out a mass email to the BJJ community to share this thread because I do not wish this kind of trouble or accusations upon anyone and don't want it to happen again. Facts need to be straight before accusations are made and that's why it's more personable to ask someone yourself.
I ask you again, can you give an exact time line of your promotions (including the names of the promoting teacher and name of the schools) please? And since you brought up your certificates and people have asked for them, those as well?
Thank you in advance.
I'm going to leave this one alone with regard to saying that I "buy my rank". I have never paid for a rank in my life. Assuming so is very disrespectful. You sound like a very angry person, kind of like one of the guys who caused me to leave Fosters in the first place. It's sad that the BJJ community has people like this. I wish I never had to leave James Foster, unfortunately it was only a handful of his students that caused me to depart. It seems as though they are taking full advantage of this thread.
Originally Posted by UpaLumpa
Get your facts straight. There's no need to hide behind a keyboard.
Mike, just so it's clear, while there's no doubt you did burn a lot of bridges, no one on here is hostile toward you (that I'm aware of). If anything, I'm sympathetic and hope this clears everything up once and for all.
That said, there are a lot of questions, and this is your chance to put them all to rest. One way or another, there's going to be a public record of this thread and people who are interested will find it.
Couple of timeline issues to bring out to keep things in perspective. Josh was mentioned. He's been training a month or so less than I (I started 11/2006), and is about as close to a prodigy as I've ever met. He's just a talented guy, and received his purple belt in just under 3 years. Mike was a 2 stripe white belt when I started. I don't know how long he'd been training before I got there, but I don't think it was more than 6 months. While time flies, I don't think Mike's been training over 4 years and I'd put it closer to 3 1/2. If I'm wrong, Mike, let us know.
Originally Posted by MProctor
Thanks for taking the time to stop by. I'm not sure if you heard of this thread from one of your students (my friend) or someone else. I haven't heard back from him and I hope he didn't feel offended by me writing him regarding this information. Essentially, considering his involvement in the Team Psycho incident I am just looking out for his best interests so it is in no way personal. As I mentioned before in this thread, the gentleman running Team Psycho at the time threw up a lot of BS flags for me. My friend was happy with his training so I dropped it. Then, after being away from Bullshido for quite some time I come back and read a thread about it and realized I seriously dropped the ball. I'm not letting that happen again. Now, on to this...
This is a VERY serious accusation and I believe, Mr. Proctor, should be addressed first and foremost with the utmost honestly. This would be what we would call a "red flag" situation. Anyone who does BJJ, unless your name is BJ Penn (or even Demian Maia), would consider that "highly" suspect IF it is true. As such, it would be best to clear that air immediately.
Originally Posted by Kentucky Fried Chokin
Just so there is some mutual disclosure I will provide some.
I am currently a 2 stripe Purple belt under JT Taylor of Gracie Barra Bellingham. I've been training BJJ with JT since January 2006 (3.5+ years). I originally started training BJJ in 2004 with James Foster when he was a Purple belt and teaching under Lotus Club. This was from March 2004 until June 2004. I was at the seminar with Juliano Prado when James received his Brown belt. I actually may somewhat know you or some of the other guys here.
I'm not playing defense on this thread anymore. There's an open invitation to talk to me in person and/or stop by my academy. I'm a purple belt. I've worked hard for many years now. I train and rank under Marcello Monteiro. I do not buy my ranks. I test for them in person. That's how it works. I will be seeing Professor Monteiro when he comes up in October. If you require details to ease your mind come on in. You can take photos see certificates all day long if it makes you feel better.
Originally Posted by M.C.
It's truly amazing how many people get questioned all of the time because an individual or a group does know enough of something so they take it upon themselves to create problems. I recently saw a thread on Black Belt Kevin Smith about his legitimacy. It shocked me to see something about a man of so much accomplishment but for some reason didn't suprise me. I'm a successful purple belt, it's not a crime and doesn't need to be defended.
Come on in!
You said you haven't competed as a purple belt. What does "I'm a successful purple belt" mean in this case?
It's a serious question. Mostly it's spurred by the fact that your decision "not to play defense" is a red flag for pretty much anyone. People have been very polite and are asking totally reasonable questions.
I heard about this thread, and thought I would check it out.
I don't think I can help that much with the time-line issue because I haven't know Michael long enough to comment there.
While trying remain as anonymous as possible I will say that I am a 2 stripe white belt who trains at a club in the area that is not Foster's or Gamebred's, but have had the opportunity to roll at few other clubs, Gamebred being one of them.
All I can speak to is Gamebred's level of BJJ in comparison to my home club and other clubs that I have been to, and I must say their Jiu-Jitsu is good, easily on par with any other club I have been too. Every club has thier pros and cons, and so does Gamebred, but thier bjj is good overall. No gi seems o be a big strength of theirs, but that makes since they are very active in MMA, and a lot of thier guys fight and do well ( which is the main reason why I started cross training there from time to time to begin with).
I'm not the best whitey on the block but I'm decent and train at a good club, and thier white belts can hang with me just fine, and seem to have solid fundamentals. Mikey looks like a solid purple to me. He rolled me up with ease, and is half my size, and I also learned a couple new escapes from him that I have not seen anywhere else (not that I've seen it all to begin with yet, I am a noob).
Although it may not count for much, in my opinion Gamebred is legit, they have a good attitude, are very open, and seem to be a solid club.
Thank you for respectfully addressing me. "Under six months" is incorrect. Without having specific dates on hand I can tell you that I trained under James Foster up to my two stripe blue belt. I began training at other schools around August 2008. I left Fosters in October 2008. At this time I was also an assistant instructor and I shared basic BJJ with other schools. I received two more stripes on my blue belt the week I left Fosters. I received my Purple belt in January of 2009. It's been 10 months since I received my purple belt and I am now a three stripe purple under Marcello Montiero.
Originally Posted by datdamnmachine
It's been 10 months since January 2009?