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  1. lethalblackbelt is offline

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    Posted On:
    6/08/2009 8:07pm

    Bullshido Newbie
     

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    Asheboro Kenjutsu - McDojo?

    http://www.asheborokenjutsu.com/faqs.html

    How long will it take to get a black belt?

    Sorry, but we don't use a belt system at this time, so a better question would be: "How long will it take for me to master the sword?". Truthfully, a lifetime to master it, but I can make you very good with the katana in about a year. "KILL BILL" good.
  2. 1point2 is online now
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    Posted On:
    6/08/2009 8:33pm

    Join us... or die
     Style: 剛 and 柔

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    Quote Originally Posted by lethalblackbelt View Post
    It is possible that it is a McDojo.

    Quote Originally Posted by http://www.asheborokenjutsu.com/about-the-instructor.html
    But it was in the mountains of North Carolina that he found the ultimate warrior tradition, the Togakure Ryu.

    ...

    With some persuasion, John convinced Eric to train him in this unheard-of school’s tradition. For the next two years, the two met “at least 4 days a week” in the foothills and mountains
    It is certainly Bullshido.
    What a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. -Xenophon's Socrates
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    Posted On:
    6/08/2009 8:59pm


     Style: naginata

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    From their website, the chief instructor is teaching a self-created style one hour per week, plus feedback on videos emailed from home. He doesn't hold any rank in any legitimate Japanese sword art, but has friends who studied ninjutsu, kendo, and iaido, who showed him some things. Part of the training requirements include captive equipment sales. He won't tell you how much it costs until you go in person for a sales pitch.

    Draw your own conclusions.

    (If you're looking for a legitimate JSA dojo, try the Kendo World forums or e-budo.com.)
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    6/08/2009 9:19pm


     Style: naginata

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    Oh, dear. Not only are they bullshido, they're a significant safety hazard: they sell "wall hanger" swords which they advertise as good for tameshigiri. :(

    And they're the only "JSA" dojo I've ever seen that uses Tae Kwon Do hogu. And fukuro shinai are not made with foam. And I'll refrain from commenting on the form displayed in those videos.
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    Posted On:
    6/08/2009 9:33pm


     Style: BJJ, MT

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    MABS Cull

    "You'll learn how you can easily defeat armed attackers (even with guns) with either the blade in your hand, or the blade that you throw."

    wtf 0_o?!?

    Oh lookie here...he disabled comments on his videos...I wonder why...

    "We will endure no vulgar insults by "invisible experts".

    Oh I guess that's why XD.
    Last edited by newbie999; 6/08/2009 9:42pm at .
  6. futabachan is offline

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    6/08/2009 10:10pm


     Style: naginata

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    Armed attackers with guns? Oh, dear. Someone has been reading Street Sword, haven't they? :sigh:
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    6/09/2009 1:55pm


     Style: naginata

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    Further investigation of this individual: http://www.kendo-world.com/forum/showthread.php?t=21139
  8. Lysol is offline

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    6/09/2009 3:25pm


     Style: MMA

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    Look like Bullshido? Check.
    Look like McDojo? Check.
    Look like cult? Certainly displays the warning signs...
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    Posted On:
    6/09/2009 4:17pm

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    after watching the video on his site and reading this quote:

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    "You can tell that his sword style is ancient by watching his hasuji...his cuts all target hobbits and dwarves."

    That would be the second time I almost pissed myself... the first being after reading Phrost's mag vocer of Phil Elmore "how to keep homeless negroes at bay."



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    Posted On:
    6/09/2009 4:27pm


     Style: Transitioning as usual

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    Quote Originally Posted by futabachan View Post
    Oh, dear. Not only are they bullshido, they're a significant safety hazard: they sell "wall hanger" swords which they advertise as good for tameshigiri. :(

    And they're the only "JSA" dojo I've ever seen that uses Tae Kwon Do hogu. And fukuro shinai are not made with foam. And I'll refrain from commenting on the form displayed in those videos.

    I've had a similar experience with a group that claimed to be teaching Iaido. Turned out to be a large children's group of TKD students with foam swords, lumberjack matches, and a 12 year old daughter of the instructor teaching "the thing were you stab like its a pool stick..thingy". The same school was the like that claimed traditional teachings were a thing of the past etc etc. Its becoming a common theme.


    Regarding OP's school, pure Bullshido. From the video, looks like he just had a buddy with iai or kendo experience show him a kata or two and then picked up a few books at B&N. Just my guess.

    Edit: By the way, I was born in Asheboro. Small town really, easy mcdojo spot.
    Last edited by Big_Boss; 6/09/2009 4:32pm at .
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