Exposed: Ninja GrandMaster Leo “Berador” Clausen's NHB claims
Mr Leo “Berador” Clausen, 30 of Ranam, Denmark, who claims to be a 15th Dan in his own style of ninjitsu, has recently made claims of winning a 10 NHB fights in a tournament.
Leo Clausen in his style's "fighting stance"
Clausen, who has only 16 years martial arts experience, had not previously competed in combat sports since the three years of Kykoshinkai karate he did as a child*. Careful reading and chronological analysis of his internet claims, told on another forum, reveals that he appears to have only trained for the event for a few weeks.
He alleges that the first round took place on 22nd October 2005 and that he beat four opponents under NHB (/MMA) rules. Anyone familiar with MMA will no doubt realize how unlikely that sounds. 4 fights in close succession would require phenomenal conditioning.
On 23rd October he claims to have fought a following 5 matches, again winning all:
The finals supposedly took place on 24th October, making the total fights at least 10 in 3 days(!).
Clausen’s story strongly implies that this alleged tournament is none other than the ICMAUA World Championships and he has in several places described himself as the “ICMAUA World Champion” and similar titles.
We have confirmed with the ICMAUA that Clausen is a “World Champion” with them. HOWEVER, the championship in question was a virtual tournament where competitors sent in video clips of ten techniques which were assessed by a panel of “experts” and if 9/10 were considered “effective”, the applicant is awarded a “world Champion”….
Extracts from our correspondance with the President of the ICMAUA specifically mentioning Mr Clausen:
“he is recognized as a ICMAUA World Champion by our commission according his skills and sent video.”
“The participant sends film or CD with anyone 10 techniques with the partner, on a bag, with the weapon, with a pistol, knife, anyone.
The commission of judges of the championship estimates a reality sent technoques for application in the street.
If not less than 9 техник are real, the participant is recognized as the champion. We have more of 60 countries at present, therefore our championship has name World Championship.”
Further, Clausen has not provided any material evidence of partaking in any unlikely NHB tournament. Tournaments of this nature would be easy to verify. They would be advertised, almost certainly on the internet or martial arts press, and his opponents could be named etc. However, no such information has been forthcoming from Clausen who has repeatedly snubbed attempts to verify his claims.
We think that the evidence points to an obvious conclusion: Clausen’s claims are extremely unlikely, unverified and that Clausen has grossly misrepresented the truth or lied.
_________________________________________________*The karate history, along with all other aspects of his biography, remains unverified.
Note: Forum members who playedkey roles in the enquiry include TakeAnother and Virus. Thanks guys.