Posted On:6/15/2007 4:34pm
Originally Posted by SanAntonio
I've been researching, the lady runs a Kenpo school in Idaho Falls and apparently they ended on ill terms because he was taking advantage of her kindness. Look her up... J&A Karate.
To put it simply. Someone needs to go to his school and ask the questions.
If you are calling this lady you can call the instructor of the gym in question. Ask him who he studied under and what rank he achieved.
Better yet, send him an email so it is written down.
Posted On:6/17/2007 9:47pm
I agree. Who lives in Idaho Falls that can go observe a class or two? It would be nice to get an accurate assessment of this guy.
Posted On:6/17/2007 10:57pm
Style: Chinese Boxing
I could go visit on my next travels in the area.
Posted On:6/27/2007 11:11am
Style: Boxing / BJJ
I live in Idaho Falls & train my BJJ under Jared Emfield at the "Idaho Falls Karate" facility. Jared is a purple belt under Pedro Sauer and an all-around stand up guy. I called up the school in question after perusing the website and got of unsatisfactory answers to very straightforward questions. Overall, my conversation on the phone was less than confidence-inspiring.
me: "Do you train for competition?"
guy on phone: "You know, we don't really train for sport. We just try and get in and end things quickly... :::something about 'sport' MA being ineffective::: "
me: "Do you train BJJ?"
guy on phone: " :::something about "mixed" something ::: :::dodge::: "
me: "When do you guys train? I'd like to come watch a session."
guy on phone: "Well we usually train a few nights a week."
guy on phone: "::: rambles about a few of 'the guys' being out of town, etc. no explicit answer ::: "
me: "What do you you charge for training?"
guy on phone: " You'll have to talk to (guy X) about that..."
Long story short, if I can get a night free or find out about a weekend session, I'll get over there and see what I can see.
Posted On:6/27/2007 11:13am
Just realised that my last post was unclear. The facility where I train BJJ is -different- from the one in question- I only mention where I train because -that- school is mentioned a few posts back.
Posted On:6/28/2007 9:43am
Style: Shorin Ryu
I'm only posting b/c I'm surprised to see boise and Idaho people here.
Posted On:6/29/2007 2:13pm
Could a staff member or admin email me on this subject, I can't PM yet :*(
Posted On:6/30/2007 7:07pm
Sounds like this guy doesn't have a clue. He's trying to be something he' not. A real instructor is able to give you straight forward answers. Someone needs to see his place, try to get some in person answers, feel him out, see if he knows his ass from his elbow.
Posted On:7/03/2007 10:23pm
I looked up the company on the Better Business Bureau website and it comes up as Idaho Falls Kenpo Academy. I don't think this guy is even an official MMA center. I was looking at some MMA websites and none list him as a MMA school. I think he's usuing the name because of the UFC craze right now.
Posted On:7/27/2007 1:10am
Style: Tracy Kenpo
Doing some research and saw this thread. I talked to him and seems to have a similar view of belt ranking as mine--"belts are worthless outside of the school". I watched some mat work and some sparring, but didn't get much of a feel for the training yet. If you look at the history of J&A, the head instructor doesn't have many years of experience. I met Emfield back in '95 and wasn't impressed with his teaching of Kenpo back then. I haven't gone there yet to see what their classes are like. I'm suprised that there is a lot of bashing of this guy but no one has written a good assessment of his skill, classes, or his students.
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