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    Hello and request info on Damon Umholtz

    I'll use this thread to make my intro. Hello Bullshido.

    I'm from western PA and am curious about a judo / BJJ school recently opened in Trafford. The BJJ is run by a brown belt who claims his lineage from Damon Umholtz who runs a MMA school in Philly. I can't find anything online concerning Damon's BJJ lineage. I only find his own website stuff. He doenst name any names. When I asked the brown belt he said Damon's lineage is a purple from Relson Gracie and a 5th degree black from Joe Moreira. When Joe split from the Gracies, Damon stuck with Joe. I've checked Moreira's website. Damon is not listed as a black belt under Joe. I've emailed joe's website asking for verification and haven't gotten a reply. Can anyone help me? Is Damon Umholtz for real?

    My BJJ experience in pretty much nothing. I attended SCMA for about two months. Liked the school just too far. Other than that's it's watching my 5 year old at hapkido.

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    Hmm, claims he was a purple under Relson but now has advanced to 5th degree under Moreira? Well you made the right move emailing for info first.

    A friend of mine is a black belt under Moreira, so I'll contact him and see if he's ever heard of him. If someone is claiming false lineage to Mr. Moreira I'm sure he'd be interested to know.
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    I found his page
    http://www.philadelphiajiujitsu.com/damon/

    By the looks of things I think he's a JJJ black belt that's dabbled in BJJ and now teaches his own program without claiming any direct lineage to anything or anyone.
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    I emailed him through his web site. He responded saying his black belt in BJJ is through Lonnie Phillips who is a Joe Moreira black belt. I can't seem to find anything online about Lonnie Phillips.

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    Lonnie Phillips get mentioned here on Sherdog. The search term used was Lonnie Phillips+bjj.

    It mentions that Lonnie Phillips is a BB under Moreira
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    Damon Umholtz is a great guy and has been a great source of help to me when I have questions that I feel that only he could answer. He's a 4th Degree blackbelt in BJJ and I won't even guess to list everything else he ranks in.
    This was taken from firearmstrainingandtactics (full post is #8). Thats some serious rank*.

    *But do please note that that is not Damon Umholtz himself making that rank claim.
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    The basic consensus I got asking around is, if he's not posting his lineage up, he likely doesn't have any.

    Resources for affiliates of Joe Moreira
    http://www.joemoreirainternational.com/members/

    BJJ lineage tree
    http://www.bjjtree.com/

    He's nowhere to be seen.
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    Before I'd go and bother Mr. Moreira with this, I'd like it if someone could confirm that this guy (not people who know him) is actually claiming BJJ black belt rank. I have a creeping suspicion that this guy might just be a JJJ black belt and has cross-trained in BJJ, and is now promoting his own system. Could be a simple miscommunication.
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    on jiujitsufighting.com his teachers are listed as:-

    Gokor Chivichyan, Ed Pilsitz, Relson Gracie, Steve Maxwell
    No mention of Joe Moreira of Lonnie Phillips. I have no idea how old this page is but as your links above show, if he came from any of these people he would have appeared somewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cake of Doom View Post
    on jiujitsufighting.com his teachers are listed as:-



    No mention of Joe Moreira of Lonnie Phillips. I have no idea how old this page is but as your links above show, if he came from any of these people he would have appeared somewhere.
    This guy sounds like a winner
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