3/30/2007 9:26pm, #21
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"I think it's time to invite Kru Sniffen to join us on this thread, don't you?"
Or at least someone from the USMTA. They're a legit national muay thai org, and they seem to have inadvertently gotten into bed with "Kru" Sniffen.
3/31/2007 1:48am, #22
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Ric Sniffen also claims to have been a former Texhoma Police officer - but that was certainly news to Texhoma Police Chief Wayne Hoffman.....
Mr Sniffen was also recently involved in some publicity surrounding the abduction of a little girl in Texhoma named Marissa Graham. He is teaching her martial arts. Anyway, he wrote a lengthy piece on the web about how she kicked her way out of her abductor's vehicle, which wasn't accurate (her abductor actually released her) -- but in essence, Mr Sniffen was trying to take credit for her escape because he allegedly taught her how to kick.... I definitely think he has embellished his various web postings about his martial arts experience & background. I am just an internet researcher who studies child abductions, and that's how I ran across all his info. I saw this site & decided to post....Thanks for listening.
Here's his posting on the abduction:
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3/31/2007 8:40am, #23
Debstay, welcome to the conversation. Who are you and do you know Mr. Sniffen?
Thanks for that link in any case. . . the page as a whole is saved to my hard drive in case it changes.
The assertion you mention appears to come from the "Story by Terri Cotta," not from Sniffen, but that's all the attribution I could find. Do you know whether Terri Cotta wrote this story for a newspaper in the area or for Sniffen and USMTA? If Sniffen was only copying and pasting the story, he could be forgiven for including that detail with it even if it's incorrect. Newspaper reporters are notorious for gleefully refusing to check facts. The piece is also very badly written, which again is not that surprising in most newspapers, but the misuse and lack of quotation marks would be strange from a professional reporter.
Originally Posted by USMTA Web Page "A HERO AT ANY AGE"
I don't see believing in a 10-year-old kicking open the rear door of any modern van or SUV in normal condition, although I had a Bronco once that was so rusted out that it probably would have been possible. I'm picturing my 10-year-old boys kicking open the rear door of our mini-van, and I don't see it.
3/31/2007 4:57pm, #24Originally Posted by Don Gwinn
I'm willing to bet that Terri Cotta doesn't exist as a "real" person... and the story probably come from a source much closer to Sniffen.
Is there any way of checking whether this "Terri Cotta" is a real person with the newspaper, or a professional body or something?
I did google the name and came up with this:
As you can see, both USMTA.com stories.
4/01/2007 3:34am, #25
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Checked with the TX Dept of Licensing and Regulation, Combative Sports Division. The boxing commission in TX has never had anybody by the last name of Sniffen compete in any regulated event.
So, Sniffen has not competed in any pro boxing events in TX. Could have competed amateur, could have competed in a different state.
4/01/2007 3:47pm, #26
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As previously suggested, has anyone emailed Sniffen ( or the USMTA ) the link to this thread yet? An earlier poster said he replied to email in what sounded like a fairly forthcoming manner, it'd be great to clue him into this discussion being held at his expense and see what he has to say for himself...
4/02/2007 6:46pm, #27
Sent to email@example.com :
You might remember that I wrote to you last month asking about the USMTA's Native American Muay Thai program and your BJJ lineage. A discussion of your biography is ongoing at http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=52332 and several questions have been raised.
* It is proving difficult to verify your lineage through Benedict Bastes. It would be very helpful if you could provide contact information for Mr. Bastes, as we have been unable to find him.
* One of our members contacted Anthony Lin at Fairtex, and Mr. Lin says that he does not know you and that he is not an instructor.
* Many of us who train in BJJ question how you were able to go from not mentioning BJJ in 2001 biographies to a 2nd-degree black belt in 2006. It took my last instructor over ten years to earn his first-degree black.
You are welcome to join the discussion. Registration is free. Bullshido.net is dedicated to the improvement of martial arts through exposing fraud, trickery and marketing hyperbole.
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4/04/2007 6:24am, #28
Got two replies from Kru Sniffen. Here's the first:
Originally Posted by Ric Wu on 4/2/07
1. Either he was lying about Lin before or he's lying now. If I were forced to make a bet at this point I'd bet both.
2. As predicted, he will now backpedal and claim that he was claiming a black belt in "Tanaka Ryu"--isn't that his ninjutsu style, not even Japanese Ju Jitsu? WTF?
3. Benedict Bastes lied to him! What a bastes . . . bastage . . . . whatever.
4. Even if Benedict Bastes is not at fault for Kru Ric claiming he has a BJJ black, it won't matter, because you can't find him since he got divorced.
I fear the entertainment value is going to be diminished if it's going to be this predictable. I believe several posters predicted more or less this exact reply.
Anyway, I haven't read the second reply yet, so let's see what it says.
4/04/2007 7:00am, #29
OK, I've read the next one. I call this the "Jones Gambit" after Soke Mylemu Jones of Comba-Tai, but I must say, this guy does it well. Maybe a little over-dramatic. Keep in mind that he took roughly 24 hours between these e-mails, so I'm guessing some thought went into this one:
Originally Posted by Ric Wu on 4/3/07
Now, in my mind, the question is--how do I get this guy to post here instead of sending me a daily email? I don't care to be his spirit medium.
Also, it's probably time to contact someone higher up in the USMTA. Several here have stated that the USMTA is legit; however, Kru Ric clearly is not.
4/04/2007 7:18am, #30
Actually, is it even possible to reach a black belt rank in any legitimate BJJ school without instructing BJJ? That sounds impossible to me.
Anyway, I sent him this. If he continues to reply by email, I'm going to reply only with the URL of this thread.
Originally Posted by Don Gwinn