Posted On:6/25/2012 10:57pm
I came across your site by accident but I saw this forum and thought you all might be able to help me answer some questions.
I went to Sombo/Sambo clinic the other day hosted by Joe Neely and Josh Henson at George Mason University in Virginia. I found out about Sombo through a Russian friend of mine who now lives in Virgina and recommended I check it out since I used to wrestle and now practice Judo from time to time. So I went to the clinic because it was free with a USAW card and had a strange experience.
I got a weird sense that two instructors running the clinic might not be entirely on the up and up.
Their names are Joe Neely and Josh Henson. Joe seemed more legit than Josh. He talked about himself less and taught more. Josh talked more and taught less.
According to to their bio's,
Josh Henson (Virginia), 2xd U.S. National Sombo champion,
4x World team member (World Cup Silver medalist),
6x U.S. National Coach, Sombo Hall of Fame.
Joe Neely (Kentucky), National Masters Champion,
5X U.S. National Coach, Past President U.S. Sombo
Association, Sombo Hall of Fame.
See weblink here for information about the clinic: http://washingtonwrestlingclub.org/
Maybe I don't know where to look but I cannot seem to verify any of their claims. For example, I can't find a U.S. Sombo Association.
Josh Henson did most of the talking and seemed more interested in talking than teaching. It was annoying how he wouldn't shut up about himself. Josh Henson also said he wrestled for Harvard, which is true, according to Harvard's website, See http://www.gocrimson.com/sports/wres...y/honorsawards ;
Josh also said he to law school at the University of Virginia which is also true but according to Google and a federal court, he was expelled for cheating and failure to complete coursework. See http://bulk.resource.org/courts.gov/...9.82-1110.html
I Googled Josh Henson more because he is so odd and he wouldn't shut up and found this bio which appears to be self written and possibly not all true
It's really long so I will just highlight the claims that can't be verified and seem untrue.
British national wrestling champion (1975) . Irish national wrestling champion (1975). Several time champion in Sombo and Aerobics, placed fifth in British University championships in Judo. Has a black belt in Jujitsu, competed in baseball, cross country running and fencing. Has coached wrestling at a Massachusettes private school, Harvard College, George Mason University and was coach for the Spanish Olympic Wrestling team in the 1984 LA Olympic Games. Earned the highest rankings as an international referree in Wrestling, Sombo and Aerobics, and has worked in hundreds of national and international sports events over the past 30 years. Named Man of the Year six times by different National AAU sports Committees from 1986 to 1996.... Past president of the International Aerobics Federation (FISAA), current president of the International Sombo Federation (FIAS), legal counsel to the International Bowling Federation (FIQ).
Wrestling, Judo, Sombo, bowling!(?); Aerobics!(?) Man of the Year 6 times!(?)...This all seems like bs to me. He certainly talks a good game and knows some things but doesn't seem like someone who accomplished all of the above and more. he also said he was some sort of black belt in karate (didn't specify which kind).
Josh Henson was also involved in USA Jump Rope in the '90's...
On wrestling, I found something online which is mostly right, but Josh's head position is such that he will not get the takedown on anyone who knows wrestling well. See
So, all you Bullshido readers, what do you think? Am I wrong about Josh and Joe (to a much less extent) or is there some bullshido going on here?
Posted On:6/26/2012 12:39am
Here's an archive and thread :
In this thread is a an excel spreadsheet of multiple competitions and adult competitors. Henson has 10 entries that were pulled from hand written records. This was created by Sambosteve who has his own website here:
He is a Sombo coach and researched and compiled the records on his own.
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