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    Jay Russell - Albany,NY - Questions about his BJJ Black Belt and BJJ lineage.

    Jay Russell has been teaching BJJ in the Albany area for years. We know have proof that his BB is illegitimate.

    Jay has always claimed to be a BB under Jordan Damon. No one in the area knew Jordan well, or seriously questioned Jay until recently. There was recently some discussion about Jordan Damon having been contacted and not knowing who Jay was, and not even being a BB himself. This has now been verified as Jordan Damon has JUST been promoted to BB by Phil Migliarese, proving Jay's long time claim to be a complete and utter lie.

    Jordan Damon gets his BB. BalanceStudios.net:
    http://balancestudios.net/2010/09/17...edium=facebook

    Jay Russell claims to be a Jordan Damon BB:
    http://www.nyjiujitsualbany.com/node/20

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    Are all of Mr.Russell's claims false? :

    -2002 MASS Destruction Superfight Champion
    -2000 United States Vale-Tudo Champion
    -1999 North American Grappling Super-Fight (2nd place to World Champion Jordan Damon)
    -1999 Mat Maddness Champion - 3 Time Defending Champion
    -1999 World Champion I.F.C. Caged Combat PPV Event
    -1998 Mat Maddness Champion (2 Weight Classes)
    -1998 A.A.U. National Grappling Championship Gold Medalist
    -1998 Won East Coast Pan American Trials
    -1998 Member Team USA Machado Jiu Jitsu in Pan American Games in Brazil-Semi Finalist
    -1997 World Lightweight Championship of the World of Extreme Fighting PPV-Second Place
    -1997 North American Grappling Championship Super-Fight-Champion
    -1998 Mat Maddness Champion New England, Lightweight Division

    Or is it just the issue of his lineage which appears to be in question ?

    Does Mr. Russell have the abilities of a BJJ black belt with "ten years" worth of teaching experience ?

    Who are you in relation to Mr. Russell and the NYJJ ?

    If you weren't prepared to "discuss here" the issues regarding why Mr. Russell was apparently considered a "shady guy" why did you bother to include that statement in your opening post ?

    Please answer these questions.

    Thank you.
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    Just to add, I have emailed Mr. Russell and made him aware of this and invited him here to join in on the thread.
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    Sorry, let me clarify.

    I do not know Jay Russell personally as I am new to the area. He is however a well known member of the BJJ community here.

    I'll remove the comment about his being shady as it pertains to personal problems not related to Jiu Jitsu.

    I am only questioning his lineage. Jay has certainly been actively teaching Jiu Jitsu for a long time, yet spent many years away from it (the first half of the decade from what I understand) dealing with his personal problems.

    As for his competition record, I have done no investigation into that whatsoever.

    As for his actual ability on the mats, I can't say from personal experience. From what I've heard he no longer rolls regularly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dojostormz View Post
    I do not know Jay Russell personally as I am new to the area. He is however a well known member of the BJJ community here.
    What prompted you to comment on the lineage issue ?
    Quote Originally Posted by Dojostormz View Post
    I'll remove the comment about his being shady as it pertains to personal problems not related to Jiu Jitsu.
    You've just stated AGAIN that you consider Mr. Russell "shady" regardless of you removing your previous statement.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dojostormz View Post
    I am only questioning his lineage.
    Ok so why are you questioning it, what brought it to your attention?
    Quote Originally Posted by Dojostormz View Post
    Jay has certainly been actively teaching Jiu Jitsu for a long time, yet spent many years away from it (the first half of the decade from what I understand) dealing with his personal problems.
    ...and the relevance to the lineage question is what exactly ?
    Quote Originally Posted by Dojostormz View Post
    As for his competition record, I have done no investigation into that whatsoever.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dojostormz View Post

    As for his actual ability on the mats, I can't say from personal experience. From what I've heard he no longer rolls regularly.
    So, the only beef you have with the guy is that you don't think the statement about him being a black belt under Damon is correct.

    Have you emailed Mr. Russell to ask him to clarify ?

    Do you think your doubts regarding a lineage issue warranted you advising readers not to train with Russell - despite the fact you admit you don't know if he's actually very good at what he does or, if his competitive game reflects his abilities.

    Forgive me for saying this but, you've left me with the impression there's an agenda here.

    Please prove me wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugo Stiglitz View Post
    So, the only beef you have with the guy is that you don't think the statement about him being a black belt under Damon is correct.


    I do not think he has a legitimate BJJ Black Belt. I feel that you're trivializing this for some reason, but I consider this to be a pretty severe charge. From what I understand he has been making this claim for years.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugo Stiglitz View Post
    Have you emailed Mr. Russell to ask him to clarify ?

    I did, though I never received a response.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugo Stiglitz View Post
    Do you think your doubts regarding a lineage issue warranted you advising readers not to train with Russell - despite the fact you admit you don't know if he's actually very good at what he does or, if his competitive game reflects his abilities.
    Absolutely, I would advise others to avoid any school where the instructor clearly lies about his lineage, regardless of his skill.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugo Stiglitz View Post
    Forgive me for saying this but, you've left me with the impression there's an agenda here.

    Please prove me wrong.
    I see why you feel this way. I take great offense when someone claims to have attained a rank they have not which may have caused me to be a bit rash and unprofessional. Also please understand that there are elements to this that I will not talk about on this board which greatly color my view of Jay and the scenario. I realize that's vague but I'm not going to make claims about his personal character which are based on hearsay.


    As further evidence of his questionable lineage, I emailed Jay's former student Nick Sanzo, who no longer wears the belt he received from Jay.


    He offered the following response:

    Hi John
    I have been training and teaching for 17 years. I trained with Renzo Gracie until I was a purple belt and received a black belt locally under Jay Russell. I also trained with Fabio Clemente both when he was with the Machados and Fabio Gurgel, Marcello Garcias coach. I was uncomfortable with my Black Belt promotion and contacted Carlson as the person who promoted me claimed that was his lineage. He wasn't. I joined Carlson's Federation in June and am working towards my black belt certification through that organization.

    Nick Sanzo
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    Carlson Gracie Federation.

    So in addition to Jordan Damon, he also at one point illegitimately claimed Carlson Gracie lineage.
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    I'm not trivialising this matter, if he's made claims about his grade and that information isn't correct then he needs to be called on it however, thus far all you've demonstrated is that Mr. Damon obtained his own black belt at a time which would make Mr. Russell's claim of lineage look doubtful, you haven't actually "proved" anything.

    What I suggest you do, and we'll support you as we'd anyone willing to to do the donkey work, is provide evidence that Mr.Damon doesn't know Russell and or has never trained/graded Mr. Russell.

    This can be done ideally by copy-pasting the content of an email between you and Damon to that effect including a means for us to validate that information should we so wish. IE Mr. Damon's email address.

    Trust me when I say that whilst on face value the accusation you've levelled at Russell will be taken seriously here, provided you back up your statement, as I've highlighted. However, Lineage is a far less important issue over actual ability, I'm not suggesting it would be "ok" for Russell to have lied about his black belt but, if he's actually a credible fighter and teacher, that fopar can be rectified.

    Like I say, I'm neither trivialising this matter or trying to excuse it, you just need to put in more work and provide more information than you've so far. The choice is yours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dojostormz View Post
    So in addition to Jordan Damon, he also at one point illegitimately claimed Carlson Gracie lineage.
    Ok.. this is more like it.

    When was that email dated and do you still have a copy of it available?
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    Here are some interesting points for the OP to consider:

    a) the whole time line involved with the Carlson Gracie situation is odd. You have the student you mention, the fellow who will not wear the BB given to him. It seems to me that he would have discovered this "problem" with his BB a bit earlier than he did. Did he have another issue with the teacher you are not mentioning? Is there more to this that is not being stated?

    b) You say there are other issues that you do not want to mention. The problem here is that these issues may materially affect the real issue. You have at least two people (you and this BB) who decided to question rank.... yet this guy was able all this time to other wise make a claim that to my limited understanding is hard to make in that community. It makes me think that there are other things not being said here.

    While this teacher speaks to the issue (not responding/responding) is there any way to elaborate on these other issues you characterize as being off limits? at least categorically describing them? issues of character, issues of Hygeine, issues of betrayal, differences of opinion, etc?

    Can anybody confirm whether it is strange for a person in the BJJ community, a hypothetical person, to be able to claim a BB when, as I understand it, most of these claims are dealt with relatively quickly in the BJJ community?
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