6/08/2007 11:47am, #11
1200 may not be as expensive as BJJ, but BJJ doesn't usually make you sign up for a year. That's a substantial difference. And the pseudo-philosophical bullshit is intolerable; from their "Name Origin" page:
The earth holds within itself the body of the lake
Nurturing, and cradling it like that of a mother holding her child
Looking upon it, I wondered if the reflection went down to the dark depths of its soul
And as the light of the sun heated the lake, it transformed the reflection and ascended it towards the heavens
And as the the suns energy was blocked by clouds, clouds of all those who had looked before, it transformed again and fearlessly descended towards earth
Separate drops, undistinguished from each other, joining to form a welcomed union
And as the thunder gave way to silence and the sun broke through the clouds the lake now gently rippling caused the reflection to look older
But as time returned the lake to its original calm the reflection started to look young again, only wiser
Couldn't the guy at least have handed it to a fucking editor before posting it? The grammatical errors should be embarrassing even if the author doesn't realize how pretentious it is.
Unfortunately, I have to agree that not much has been done to establish this place as bullshido. Though I look forward to a significant investigation.
6/08/2007 11:57am, #12Originally Posted by kohadril
The blurb about learning for three years at Energy Martial Arts then opening Energy Martial arts is confounding.
6/08/2007 11:58am, #13Originally Posted by It is Fake
6/08/2007 12:01pm, #14Originally Posted by kohadril
It smacks of a falling out and I'll start my own studio.
Energy Lake Kung-Fu Studios in Etobicoke, Ontario is where he studied.
He then opens The Energy Lake System of Martial Arts 8 years later.
Yet, he was teaching in three?
6/08/2007 1:40pm, #15
- Join Date
- Dec 2005
- CMA,Muay Thai ,Yudo,TKD
I didn't see a single redeeming thing on that website. I was really impressed with the "History" page.
"1988 - Gary Lee Braniff started training at Energy Lake Kung-Fu Studios in Etobicoke, Ontario.
1991 - Moved to Calgary to become an Instructor.
1996 - Started The Energy Lake System of Martial Arts."
Usually most Kung Fu based arts have a history that stretches back quite a bit farther than 1991, even if they're bullshit. I agree with It Is Fake, it screams falling out. Does anybody have any idea what system of CMA they are claiming to teach?
6/08/2007 1:44pm, #16Originally Posted by Ronin.74
I mean that BB level form, regardless of style, isn't what I expected.
6/08/2007 2:17pm, #17
- Join Date
- Feb 2004
- Calgary, Alberta, Canada
I've seen ads around town for this place. Never checked it out, but it does look a little suspect."Prison is for rapists, thieves and murderers. If you lock someone up for smoking a plant that makes them happy, you're the fucking criminal." - Joe Rogan
El Guapo says dance!
6/08/2007 3:19pm, #18
Okey dokey here we go.
I have emails out to four individuals as of right now. A little digging has turned up a big clusterfuck in the Kempo lineage that is very interesting. It technically has no bearing on this thread so I'll decide later where to put it if at all.
Yes, I know it is mean but it would be off topic.
Braniff claims to have become an instructor in 1991 after training at Energy Lake Kung Fu Studios.
Brian Leishman is said to be the owner of this school at the time period.
This is his current website.
There are two students who trained under Brian that I contacted. I also have contacted Braniff himself.
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6/08/2007 3:24pm, #19
- Join Date
- Jan 2007
- Lower Hudson Valley / Rochester
- punching bag / crew jitsu
I don't really think there's any bullshit there, just a really really really bad school.
6/08/2007 3:30pm, #20
Yes, I know but the stuff that surfaced makes it very interesting.
More Kempo than kung fu.
So, I wouldn't be so sure about no bullshit yet.