Jeff Davis school of the Martial Arts in West Virginia
Hello! Long time lurker here, but this subject has been bugging me for a while, and I registered so I could ask the general community.
I've been training at the Jeff Davis school of Martial Arts in Morgantown, West Virginia for a long time, and I'm not happy. I don't think Jeff Davis is for real.
Jeff Davis, the head teacher, is a absolute control freak. We aren't allowed to go to other schools, competitions, watch tournaments or anything like that without his express permission. He has reasons for it, and they made sense when I was a kid, but I'm in college and it doesn't make sense anymore.
Beyond that, what details I can give about him personally are bad: he smokes too much, he drinks, he won't dress for the classes he teaches, he reads the class curriculum off a sheet from where he sits at the top of the class. I've never seen him do anything, ever. Not a punch, a kick, a throw. He'll do forms, but often he looks to his senior student, who I think has left the school a while back, and asks "Is it this way or this way?"
He had some upper rank black belts there up until a few months ago, but they all seem to have left. One of them, who was teaching a advanced class for a while, taught me more in 4 weeks that was practical and useful than I got in 4 years with Davis. He and another upper rank recently tried to put together an informal open work-out but Davis shut them down pretty hard in public and embarassed everyone, especially Davis. I hardly see those teachers anymore, and I miss them. They seemed to be the real deal.
We never spar. We never roll. We endlessly practice kicks, punches, throws, and exercise, but we never actually hit anything, or throw anyone. In fact, there was judo randori recently, and a 2nd degree black belt who trained only under Davis broke his leg loading someone to throw them. Not getting thrown, but maneuvering to throw someone else. I found out later this 2nd degree had never rolled, or sparred, or done anything. I was pretty shocked.
A friend recently found this...
and it's pretty accurate I think.
Please, if anyone can give me the real deal on this, please do so? He's got (or at least had) some really good teachers around him, but they aren't at his school any more, and if this guy is lame I want to know so I can stop holding back and tell him what I think.