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Official Statement from Bullshido on the Jordan Tabor/Kit Dale Issue
Bullshido, as an organization, is solely committed to exposing and fighting bullshit.
Jordan Tabor was a core member of Bullshido for nearly a decade, having chosen to follow his own path in the last few years. While he was a member of our organization, we valued his principles, above all, his commitment to the idea that the Martial Arts are about fighting.
With that said, here is a list of things that are bullshit:
1. Promoting yourself to black belt is bullshit.
2. It is bullshit to challenge someone to a "fight", then stipulate restrictive rules for that challenge that include a substantial sum of money that only serves as a barrier to entry. Appropriately,one of the first things that Jordan pursued on Bullshido was calling bullshit on "ninja master" Ashida Kim's "$10,000 Challenge"; which was concocted specifically to prevent any actual challengers.
3. Charging someone exorbitant fees to register as a black belt in your style is bullshit, especially if the sanctioning body is not providing any services remotely commensurate with the expense of registration, such as criminal background checking all registered members, providing insurance or other professional services, or setting high standards for membership beyond the ability to pay.
4. Point fighting as the primary focus of a Martial Art is bullshit. The more rules and limitations a style's competitive outlet has, the less it becomes about fighting and the more it becomes about sport and revenue. This is perfectly fine if your goal is to be an athlete and pursue skills specific to a sport. It's not fine if you still want to consider those skills to be relevant to situations where you do not have a referee.
So you see, there's a lot of bullshit in this one situation. Our job is to point it out, so we can all help put a stop to it together.