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  1. Howard Popkin is offline

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    Posted On:
    5/07/2009 4:41pm


     

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    if you want to verify that its me

    Call me at the dojo, I'm here now. Class at 5:45, but I can talk until then, or after 8:15. 516-489-1278

    Howard, the Real Me, Popkin

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1point2 View Post
    This thread needs to be moved or restarted in MABS, and we need to verify Mr. Popkin's identity (no disrespect intended--standard procedure). If Doug lied about that training, then hoooooo boy we have blood in the water.
    I PM'ed Ignatzami about this. I'm thinking it should be moved to MABS when we confirm Howard_Popkin's identity.

    With one of Sensei Doug's credentials shown to be a single-day of training, then it always makes you wonder about the other ones.
    Last edited by Uncle Skippy; 5/07/2009 4:49pm at . Reason: changed 'his' to 'sensei doug' for clarification.
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    5/07/2009 4:42pm


     

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    none taken. I'm getting on the tatami. Whatever you need for verification I'd be happy to provide.

    Howard
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    5/07/2009 4:43pm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howard Popkin View Post
    Call me at the dojo, I'm here now. Class at 5:45, but I can talk until then, or after 8:15. 516-489-1278

    Howard, the Real Me, Popkin

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    The confirmation might need to be done by a site admin so that someone 'higher up' has knowledge that it is really you.

    If that doesn't have to be the case, I can call to confirm in the next 10 minutes or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1point2
    As for the sparring aspect--let's not get too carried away. If he does light sparring he does light sparring. If he claims that he's deadly and advertises as Ultimate Badass #1, then the fact that his sparring sucks or doesn't exist would be valid fodder. But a lack of good sparring isn't the real meat of the matter here.
    The topic was furthered by zen_mind:

    Quote Originally Posted by zen_mind
    The class is for real and so is the sparring.
    This piqued my interest in the sparring aspect. If a student believes that the sparring is 'for real,' then I believe that looking a little further into it is worthwhile, especially for the OP's benefit since he/she is interested in the school and wanted opinions.

    Mukashi No Jutsu has a YouTube channel:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/mizu8000

    This video shows some sparring clips:

    YouTube - MUKASHI.ORG

    zen_mind: are these typical sparring rounds?
  6. sten is offline

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    5/07/2009 5:24pm

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    Just to clarify. Sensei Doug didn't say his JiuJitsu teacher was Howard Popkin, he mentioned him as a point of reference to his style, to the similarities to Aiki Jiu Jitsu.
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    5/07/2009 5:30pm

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    I didn't mean to start a war here, I just wanted some info. I am going to check it out myself. I will let you know. How anyone here that hasn't been to this guys class can comment or speculate is beyond me. I take only Zen Minds comments right now until I see it myself. As to the lineage issue, what lineage do the so called Mixed Martial Arts have. A mix of BJJ( not great for fighting more than one person),boxing or whatnot. I think MMA is great to watch and the fighters may train hard and be tough guys, but I am looking for a more complete ART. I will report back. Sten
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    Quote Originally Posted by sten View Post
    I didn't mean to start a war here, I just wanted some info. I am going to check it out myself. I will let you know. How anyone here that hasn't been to this guys class can comment or speculate is beyond me. I take only Zen Minds comments right now until I see it myself.
    You didn't start a war at all. Coming on to ask questions and gather information is what should be done.

    I think the issue that has come up now is that Sensei Doug might be using Howard Popkin's name and lineage to bolster his background. This is important and why we will try to confirm Howard_Popkin's identity and then invite Sensei Doug on here as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by sten
    As to the lineage issue, what lineage do the so called Mixed Martial Arts have. A mix of BJJ( not great for fighting more than one person),boxing or whatnot. I think MMA is great to watch and the fighters may train hard and be tough guys, but I am looking for a more complete ART. I will report back. Sten
    Each of the arts in MMA has lineage. BJJ has a very well publicized lineage; Muay Thai, boxing, wrestling, etc... also have lineages that can be traced. The lineage proves legitimacy in that particular art and helps to reassure the practitioner that they really art training in that art.

    Lineage and legitimacy are inherently important in all martial arts. Without it, how do you know if you really are training _________ (BJJ, Muay Thai, Kung Fu, etc...)?

    Quote Originally Posted by sten
    Just to clarify. Sensei Doug didn't say his JiuJitsu teacher was Howard Popkin, he mentioned him as a point of reference to his style, to the similarities to Aiki Jiu Jitsu.
    Originally you had said:

    Quote Originally Posted by sten
    Melch, I emailed and asked who he trained Sanda with. John Yuan, a 5 time World Wushu Gold medal winner in Brooklyn.Sensei Darel Chase,Sensei John Craig , Sensei Howard Popkin for Jiujitsu and Master P. Lan for Ninjitsu. Sensei R. Bryhan, Weapons. Any of these look familiar?
    which, unless I'm reading it wrong, implies that he trained under Howard Popkin. That is even further implied with the inclusion of "Sensei R. Bryhan," whom Sensie Doug lists on his web site as being his Weapons Master:

    http://mukashi.org/aboutus.aspx
    (bottom of the page)

    If Sensei Doug was using Howard Popkin's Jiujitsu as an analogy for Mukashi No Justsu's style, why is Mr Popkin's name included in a list that also includes a person under which Sensei Doug studied?

    It this how it was listed in the email?

    Quote Originally Posted by sten
    I will report back.
    I look forward to your thoughts on the training.
    Last edited by Uncle Skippy; 5/07/2009 5:50pm at .
  9. Howard Popkin is offline

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    Posted On:
    5/07/2009 6:24pm


     

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    Thanks !

    I just got done talking to Uncle Skippy on the phone. Sounds like a very nice guy.

    Just to reiterate......

    I met Mr. DeRenzo once. Seemed like a nice guy. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT HIS QUALIFICATIONS ARE.

    The class he took was in a VERY soft system. His movements do not appear to be related to anything that we do.

    If anyone is interested in seeing/feeling what we do, please feel free to e-mail or call.

    Or. feel free to google me, there are many reviews from my seminars online.
    I hope this is over. I really didn't need to be dragged in to this.

    Happy Mothers Day !

    Howard Popkin
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    Posted On:
    5/07/2009 6:28pm

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    I just got off the phone with Howard Popkin and confirmed his identity under the account named "Howard Popkin"

    He and I had a nice talk and briefly went over what has been mentioned so far.

    Mr Popkin mentioned that Doug DeRenzo had come into a class and trained a single time. Doug mentioned that he had trained under another person and was trying to determine the lineage of that system. After the class, Doug said to Mr Popkin that their arts were very similar.

    I am the first to say that I am not the most qualified person to make a judgment on the comparison of the two arts but Mr DeRenzo's videos do not appear to be similar at all to what Mr Popkin teaches.

    I'll let Mr Popkin go over details so that I don't put word into his mouth.

    Summary: "Howard Popkin" is Howard Popkin.
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