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    this strikes me as bullshido...at least I smell bull

    https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/2...170900756.html

    Basically it looks like an online martial arts/ work out regimen but what he's "selling" I don't think people should be buying... what do ya'll think?

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    Definitely some BS.
    He's been called out on the Underground for shady business practices, like not canceling subscriptions and spamming email boxes. The dude is a legit blackbelt and competitor, but he's a snake oil salesman. I really doubt he's making 200k a month. I'd be surprised if he was making 2k. **** that dude.

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    I think online martial arts regimens are a poor form of training and I wouldn't buy them, but I respect this guy's hustle and entrepreneurship. Get that money, C.R.E.A.M. This part stood out to me though:
    At the same time, he was using his earnings from the studio to pursue what might seem like a very different path: a one-year Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania, studying under Martin Seligman, a well-known author and positive-psychology expert.

    For his degree, Faggella was required to be in Philadelphia, a five- to seven-hour drive away depending on traffic, about once a month for four to five days at a time.
    A one-year Master's degree, where you study 4-5 days a month? That sounds a bit shady. I thought "Maybe they're not using Master's Degree in a normal academic sense", but then he says "All my nerdy Ivy League stuff was all about skill development, the psychology and cognitive science of how we develop skill, particularly applied to martial arts,". I think its a little shitty to go on about your nerdy Ivy League stuff when you took a part time course for a year. Whatever though, I'm sure he learned plenty about self promotion.

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    Seems legit... more of a professional development kind of thing, though.

    http://www.sas.upenn.edu/lps/graduate/mapp
    http://www.sas.upenn.edu/lps/graduate/mapp/admissions
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    Kinda pricey...

    2015-2016 Rates for Master of Applied Positive Psychology Program Students
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    Fall $23,920 $1,775 $1,343 $27,038
    Spring $23,920 N/A $1,343 $25,263
    Summer $5,980 N/A $348 $6,328
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    I don't have a problem with this at all.

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    lol yet again more Judo !
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Villain View Post
    I don't have a problem with this at all.
    * checks forum*
    ... ummm .... You wouldn't say that **** to my face in Trollshido or YMAS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Villain View Post
    I don't have a problem with this at all.
    By "this" you mean ?
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    I don't have a problem with the way that this man operates his business. While it does it doesn't sound PERFECT, it's not predatory and is unlikely to get people killed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Permalost View Post
    I think online martial arts regimens are a poor form of training and I wouldn't buy them, but I respect this guy's hustle and entrepreneurship. Get that money, C.R.E.A.M. This part stood out to me though:

    A one-year Master's degree, where you study 4-5 days a month? That sounds a bit shady. I thought "Maybe they're not using Master's Degree in a normal academic sense", but then he says "All my nerdy Ivy League stuff was all about skill development, the psychology and cognitive science of how we develop skill, particularly applied to martial arts,". I think its a little shitty to go on about your nerdy Ivy League stuff when you took a part time course for a year. Whatever though, I'm sure he learned plenty about self promotion.
    It's a professional development course, really, not an academic masters degree. I suspect it's an income generator for the legit university that runs the program. Calling it a 'Masters degree" in the traditional sense is a stretch, of course. He's milking the whole Ivy League angle for all it's worth, which fits in perfectly with how he is operating.
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