This thread is intended to share some local martial arts BS.
This is a local school here in Tallahassee:
When I moved to Tallahassee in '98, I remember this guy teaching Tae Kwon Do as a 5th degree. Within a few years, he was a 8th degree black belt and had switched from TKD to Shaolin Gojo, which seems to claim lineage from Van Clef's Chinese Gojo. I won't bore you with local speculation - form your own opinions:
The owner/instructor is 'Professor' Gallop Franklin, who:
A picture? But of course:Quote:
Originally Posted by http://www.gallopskarate.com/professorgallop.html
On his "Black Belts & Instructor's Page," there are a couple of notable inclusions:
James Warring, a known boxer and kickboxer who owns a kickboxing academy in Miami (which doesn't appear to have a website). The website makes the statement that Warring, "has been a friend of Professor Gallop for over 25 years," but it doesn't assign him any rank (other than 'Professor Warrng') or make claims of Warring studying under Gallop.
John Turner, an 8th degree (no style listed) and "10 times World National Point Karate Champion"
Dennis Kelly, "Grand Master of Tai-Chi USA" and expert in Neuro-linguistic programming (http://dennis-kelly.com/bio.html). His bio is a laugh in an of itself.
And, after much scrolling, you get to the following instructors:
If you read the bio's, you find that a number of instructors (at least, the ones who are in Tallahassee) teach at local schools. Apparently, Franklin has arrangements with numerous local schools to allow his instructors to teach 'karate classes' as part of the after-school programs, for the low cost of only $45.00 per month. I don't know if he pays the school anything for the use of the facility and I've heard that his instructors are volunteered (or required to teach as part of their BB). I can't independently confirm this, though.
Oh, they also have the coveted "After School Pick-Up Program," "Summercamps," et cetera.
He hosts an open tournament every year that I attended once. It's a point sparring extravaganza, where the entry fee was $45.00 (in 2000) and everyone was guarunteed a plastic trophy. Mine have been occupying the Leon County Landfill since, um, right after the "tournament." I won't bother posting the picture, but here's a link to the "trophy table":
There is the quote on the home page:
"Anytime you don't feel close to God, Ask yourself who moved."
Nothing like a slap kick to show your devotion to your deity.
I called Franklin's school to ask about James Warring, who seems to be a bright beacon of contact in an otherwise dark forest of point sparring, and was told (by a very nice young lady named Leslie) that Warring had "been a student of" and "trained under Professor Gallop." Leslie also told me that Franklin doesn't really coach boxers anymore, but he does offer private lessons to help people get in shape.
For this post, I called Warring's World Championship Kickboxing Academy (in Miami) and spoke with Mr. Warring, who was impressively nice and approachable. He said that he and Franklin were very close ('like cousins') and go way back, but he said that he did not 'train under' Franklin. They did 'train together,' and Mr. Warring emphasized that he believes Franklin 'knows his stuff' and is 'a fighter, 'but said that most of his students aren't interested in 'hard contact,' which is why Gallop focuses on point sparring.
To conclude this longish post, I submit this school to the critical eye that is Bullshido - enjoy.