Originally Posted by Glenavy
You see the names right there on the website. You see their instructors names right on the website.
Real instructors don't hide anything. They also don't need "private" contact.
Hiding your teachers is a huge Red flag for me personally.
It moved during one of the updates or this one. I found your original post and it was Article 250. It is now 367. I think (I'm probably wrong) that if any other posts were made into articles the date moves yours farther back.
Can you help me with this?
What happened to my article?
Was it cut in the update?
OP: I honestly wouldn't profess to be an expert in such matters; with my little white belt/yellow tag grade somewhere on the horizon (Jujitsu) a dose of Karate (good club - I still miss it :sad11:) and far too long in a local McDojo before I had the odour of coffee waft up my nose one morning.....
I have however had some experience of both good and bad clubs.
Here's six reasons why I intend to stay at the club I'm at:
1) the instructors were happy for me to go and view a class in session before any notion of money, membership, club t-shirts (and more money) was mentioned.And make time to speak about what it's all about.
2) Each technique that we study is broken down into sections and there's an explanation as to what purpose each section has and why it's done 'like that'.
3) Every student at the higher levels says the same thing about each grade they've gained- they have to earn the grade to get the belt, they are not given away free with corn flakes or the fact the cheque cleared.
4) There are two separate areas of grading junior & senior. A junior grade is understood by both juniors and seniors to be different.
5) Talking to other students after a class, it soon becomes notable and obvious that the club is not there just to make money - a 'piggy bank Dojo'. The instructors run it because they have a passion for the subject and wish to share.
6) Sparing is done to reflect your skill level, easier to begin with but the pace soon becomes more assertive as you progress.
Here's six reasons why I left my previous club:
1) Everyone seemed to get belts quickly - one black belt had only been there 4 years.
2) The class way pretty young, and a black belt out ranked a lower belt despite age or actual level of skill.
3) There was little, or a notable difference between the white belts' level of skill and the black belts' level.
4) Techniques were taught roughly, with little or no focus on perfecting the mechanics of each method.
5) Even with a little resistance and non-compliance none of the students were able to use any technique taught.
6) There was no sparing other than basic tippy tappy 'point sparing' (and yes I amstill trying to break the bloody awful habits that this can cause :eusa_wall).
So there you go, that's my experiences - hope these (sometimes unfortunate) experiences help you into finding a good class for your daughters.
Last edited by TheMarquis; 4/06/2009 2:37pm at .
Reason: some weird bits got in there from a copy and paste
Originally Posted by It is Fake
Thanks for the link.
He seems to have come out of hiding with his new website, and a new art that he claims to teach.
He claims to have licensure in Liu He Ba Fa. I know he was selling Paul Dillons tapes and material on Ebay, but then he was selling pirated versions of other peoples material as well.
Ebay canned him when he was complained against sufficiently.
For those of you who did not catch IIF's link to my article, click on the name below.
Or crawled out from under a rock!
Originally Posted by Dale Dugas
Thanks Marquis! for the very informative list. We will share with our kids.
When a "new kid on the block" sees "pretty pieces of paper" on the wall at a business or school, some of us wouldn't know enough to pick them out as FAKE. (How many of us beginners would gawk at those papers and say "impressive!"???)
Or, from being naive, we wouldn't know the right questions to ask about those papers to find out if that person is a FRAUD! We would just take it for granted that they have a business license posted beside those pretty papers and assume this guy is for real. (anybody can get a business license if they apply for it and pay.... doesn't mean they are qualified to do what they claim!)
Looks like it's time to send a letter to the Better Business Bureau about Mr. Prescott.
Thank you Mr. Dugas and everyone else here that helped educate me and my family...and thanks for your support!!
Without your support, us "naive new kids" would have just gone on assuming Mr. Prescott is a qualified, honorable, trustworthy individual.
Time to report this guy to our local officials... and move onward and upward.
For all us naive new kids.... protect your family! Do your research and don't assume this guy, or others, are for real!
What more needs to be said? Having a ninja certify you in Chinese Martial Arts is stupid.
Even if you have a cert that is legit, two Chinese Martial Art certs are ridiculous.
Here is a link to another investigation on Ashida Kim and his certifications:
I'm an Ashida Kim Blackbelt! What now?! - No BS Martial Arts
Yep he certified someone to be ranked in a rule set. To make it easy, you aren't a black belt in MMA or Boxing. You compete in those venues. Your record constitutes your experience, be it Amateur or pro.
Pardon me if I'm wrong, I'm quite the Mandarin noob (like 6 months learning), but I'm still pretty sure that the province in China where a certain style of xingyi originates is spelled "Hebei", and not "Hebai".
I've seen "hebai" numerous times in the thread (I read it all - entertaining) in snippets lifted from the guy's old site and my mind was literally screaming "HEBEI FUCKER GET IT RIGHT".
You'd think a master of hebei xingyi would know how to spell the name of his art. It's also funny that the same mispelling appears on the certs and on his site.
Of course, the point is moot : two certs are signed by Ashida Kim.
I'm also not sure of this (the focus of my studies is not on Chinese) but I think it was worth a mention anyway : it pisses me off that Wade-Giles and pinyin are mixed in the translation of xingyi. It's either xing yi quan or hsing i ch'uan - can't be hsing yi ch'uan as far as I know. Correct me if I'm wrong.
Maybe I am, but what the hell. I learn by making numerous stupid errors.
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