My understanding of it...
...is Chilli, is that NONE or few of his main students such as Paul Vunak or even his Son-in-Law Ron are on that list either, they only accredit instructors that still pay Dan a fee for such a service. Like I said - I was present at this seminar, as fo rthat matter so ws Rick Young from the UK and others, I saw no problems - we all even did the pic bit after with Dan and we jumped in with Almeria's group, as I stated, he is my instructor Brian's instructor. We all went for a meal together - the usual seminar stuff The cost structure for his distance courses is really up to him, I do know when my instructor fell on hard times just as he found Sifu Almeria - Alemira said no problem and practially HALVED his fees for Brian on the spot, When Brian travelled to Spain some of his Gradings and face to face - Almeria put him up in his family home and organised family members to accompany Brian while he was busy working during the day. Now lads, I'm 44 - Brian is 26, I've been around MANY so called masters and met the money men and the fakers - which is why I rarely bothered with grading myself until recently - ie the past 6 years. Since then I have been fortunate to meet some real deal instructors, Almeria is one. He knows his stuff and is NOT money motivated, believe me, he's doing just fine as a medical practitioner and his BUDO interests, he loves MA and enjoys teaching. He's a pretty humble guy. Like I said meet him, as for why he's not on the list - get that list and see who else ISN'T on it. Ron Balicki won't be, Dan's wife looks after all that. Hope that helps - I met him once so I'm no fanboy, just genuinely liked him, he was no self promoter or hawking his wares, I only found out about BUDO by accident.
Originally Posted by Chili Pepper