Inpakuto Ryu & Sensei Stephen Hull: Hereby nominated for 2009 McDojo Hall of Fame
So I noticed a school proclaiming to teach mma and brazilian jiu jitsu recently went up around the corner from my house. I gave the place a call and spoke with the owner, Stephen Hull. I agreed to stop by for what he described as his ""MMA class, primarly focused on brazlian jiu jitsu and ground fighting".
Here are somehighlights from my unfortunate stop by their "MMA" class:
- "Sensei" started by "teaching" us the triangle choke. He seemed to skip right over how you get into position to secure the choke, so I asked if he could show us a few basic set ups. His reply, I kid you not, was "What I like to do is just push off, get my legs free, and then kick them up at his head until my legs are where I need them to be."
- Throughout the class he kept talking about being involved in underground fights and underground tournaments before mma was legal. He also kept bragging about how dangerous his guard is, and that when we did live grappling later, I would learn the hard way that inside his guard is the wrong place to be.
- At the end of instruction, he asked, being my first night, if there was any move I wanted to learn. I replied "darce choke". He stuttered and stammered something about how the Darce choke is someone's signature move, and it isnt right for others to teach it. Annoyed with the whole situation at this point I challenged him. I told him that his statement was insane, that the darce choke is a widely taught move, that I had just seen Kendall Grove submit an opponent with it, and couldnt understand why he wouldnt teach it. The Grandmaster Black Belt than admitted that he didnt know how to do the move, but would study it and teach it next class. Awesome!
- During live grappling, one student got another student's head in a WWE style scissor lock using his legs. "Sensei" sees this and yells "Nice job! Awesome transition into rubber guard!".
- After repeatedly submitting a couple of his students who had studied with him for 2 years (apparently he taught out of a church prior to moving to this location) using the same move over and over (americana), I got to roll with the Grandmaster himself. His self-proclaimed "dangerous guard"? Highly over-rated. He pretty much did nothing. Just a lot of stalling.
- His students were delusional. One kept taking about how he has been in touch with TapOut and Revgear, and they were close to getting sponsored.
A couple months later I drove by the school and got to laughing about my class there. When I got home I decided to google "Inpakuto Ryu", and here are the web gems I found:
Be sure to check out that awesome sparring video on his MySpace page.