10/22/2006 2:43am, #1
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Moti Horenstein: TMA & MMA Bullshidoka
The only thread I could find on this guy (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/show...oti+horenstein) is a little dated. Furthermore, I have some new information to bring to the table and Mr. Horenstein now owns three martial arts schools, and seems to be more of an actual treat to the martial arts community.
First off, for those of you who don't know, Moti Horenstein is one of those guys who claims to have about a zillion black belts and trophies in the martial arts. He has, to his credit, fought MMA, and even in the UFC (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/f...FighterID=139), though is record is not exactly impressive. He teaches a style he developed himself called "Survival Hisardut".
I looked him up on wikipedia and he had a pretty interested entry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moti_Horenstein). Apparently, he has done the following:
- Made up martial arts acheivements for himself.
- Claims to have won pro fights that he actually lost.
- Overcharging students (two 45 minute classes a week, $120 a month).
- Requires students to buy a new gi top with every belt progression.
He also makes some pretty bold personal claims on his schools website (http://www.mhka.com/miami.php?section=shihan) such as being the: 2002 World San Shou Champion, 2004 USA Super Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion, and 1986-1988 Champion Of Israel (!), etc.
It should also be noted that he offers a training program called 'Little Ninjas' where he teaches preschoolers how to improve their "basic motor and learning skills". This is a UFC veteren we're talking about here!
I think the most disturbing part about this is apparently he actually owns three fairly big schools, two in New York and one in Miami.
If anyone lives in the area, maybe they can pay one of Mr. Horenstein's schools a visit.
You'd think Mark Kerr, Mark Coleman, and company would have been able to beat some sense into him. Ah, well, I guess some jaded martial artists never learn...
10/22/2006 3:18am, #2
Wikipedia link has no article. Survival Hisardut, = Survival Haircut?
10/22/2006 4:53am, #3
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Sounds like a bit of a ****. I pay £85 per month and for that i attened anywhere between 6-11 classes per week, time depending. Minimum class length is 45 minutes.
And that new Gi thing, what's that all about?!
10/22/2006 7:45am, #4
The Wikipedia article is here: Nathan accidentally included the end bracket in the url, hence that link didn't work. However, as is common with a Wiki, it doesn't cite any sources. Looks like its taken directly from Horenstein's profile on his site.
Attempting to verify the claims he makes in his competitive record doesn't yield much.
I’m not sure exactly what he’s referring to by ‘2002 San shu World Champion’. Searching for "San Shou OR Shu World Champion" during 2002 brings up this page, which lists the world champions for that year in various weight divisions as Cung Le and Matee Jedeepitak. No mention of Horenstein anywhere on the page, though Le and Jedeepitak held IKF titles – Horenstein doesn’t specify the organisation on his website.
This site, presenting a report on San Shou in 2002, mentions "Possible opponents for Marvin are USKBA North American Champion Moti Horenstein and Jeff Ford", though I don't see 'USKBA' on Horenstein's site record.
He also claims to be a 'Kyokushin Karate World Champion', gaining the title at some championship in Costa Rica in 2001. Google does come up with a Kyokushin championship in Costa Rica during 2001, but its the Central American Championship, not world, and didn’t feature Horenstein (which either means there was no World Championship in Costa Rica that year, or my google-fu sucks :icon_wink). He does appear later on the same page at a different event, ‘Moscow Storm’, losing to Dimitry Stephanov.
In the fight listing for UFC XIV provided by PR Newswire, Horenstein is described as:
Originally Posted by PR Newswire, 23rd July 1997
Also found an article from 2005 on Horenstein and his 'little ninja' program, from The Miami Herald, 20th November 2005:
Originally Posted by Miami Herald, 'Train to Gain'
10/23/2006 12:04am, #5
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I met Moti a few years ago when he was in St Pete teaching a LEO class. Seemed like a cool guy. I believe he was supposed to be a champion karate guy although his UFC record (facing Kerr and Coleman in their primes) was obviously a disappointment. Still, he is a fighter (KO'd Pat Smith in a Superfight at Bas Rutten Invitational)) and veteran IDF paratrooper and tactics instructor.
I don't know anything about his business practices but the cost is probably in line with what many other schools are charging so that shouldn't be such a big deal.
5/20/2007 6:02pm, #6
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I live extremely close to his NY schools and was interested in continuing my training there. I will update information as i obtain more.
5/21/2007 3:10pm, #7
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Moti won a USKBA UNITED STATES TITLE in 2002... not world, maybe he got it confused or his web master did
He has won several pro MMA fights, just most people know about his 2 UFC losses
Moti won his match at the "King's Cup" in THailand in the super heavyweight divsion, you can say that is not a very competitive division, but he clearly isn't a lightweight and it's hard to blame the man for his size
All in all, Moti has over 60 MUay Thai fights, I am not sure his record, but again, he has over SIXTY... he also has shidokan, Kickboxing, San Shou, Kyokushinkai and MMA bouts
Don't know what defines "bullshido" anymore, but most would be inclinded to think that a guy who fights this much is NOT
5/21/2007 3:22pm, #8
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I've sparred with Moti before, he hits very hard. Call him what you will, but he had bad luck in who he fought in the UFC. Maybe he embellished his accomplishments or made them up, but shame on him if he did. It doesn't change the fact he's a legitimate tough guy and actually can fight. He hits like a train too. I knew he'd lose to Coleman and Kerr, but it wasn't as if nobody told him. Plenty of people did.
He's a better grappler than people give him credit for, he does some things differently than BJJ would, he's more judo based with his ground technique. Still a very nice guy who helped me a little bit with my striking. I showed him a few ways to avoid the takedown in turn and he picked them up very quickly.
Maybe we'll see him fight Tiger Schulman one day. haha.
5/21/2007 3:37pm, #9
Not a whole lot of red flags here.
Making up your own martial art is pretty lame, but since he actually fights, what are ya gonna do?
Some of the titles he claims to have don't really resolve out; that is weird. There is perhaps some embellishment on his part or the part of his promotion people. Also lame.
Little ninjas is stupid. The name is, at least. If it's a decent kids program, then I suppose he can call it whatever he wants.
I detect some definate McDojo-ism here, but it also sounds like he is a legitimate fighter. Losing to Coleman and Kerr hardly invalidates anything. Nothing really trips my Bullshido radar on this. He really should clarify the titles stuff, though. That's sketchy.And lo, Kano looked down upon the field and saw the multitudes. Amongst them were the disciples of Uesheba who were greatly vexed at his sayings. And Kano spake: "Do not be concerned with the mote in thy neighbor's eye, when verily thou hast a massive stick in thine ass".
--Scrolls of Bujutsu: Chapter 5 vs 10-14.
5/21/2007 3:43pm, #10
bullshido? no i don't think so. not someone with a fight record like moti.
mcdojo? maybe. but who can blame the guy for trying to make his schools profitable? omega's school is a mcdojo and he has said so many times, so we can't give moti a hard time about that.
we need to spend our time on the guys who run schools and can't/won't fight and teach bullshit."Face punches are an essential character building part of a martial art. You don't truly love your children unless you allow them to get punched in the face." - chi-conspiricy
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