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    Juan Pablo Garcia - Black Belt

    I was looking into joining a Jiu Jitsu School in the Corona, California area, when i ran into a school called Pacific Top Team. I went to try one of the classes and i met a black belt named Juan Pablo Garcia, the owner supposedly. When i first met him something didn't sit right with me about him, after my free session, they tried to pressure me to sign up and telling me that i can become a world champion. I was like i'm too old to become a world champion! LOL Well, i just told them i would think about it. i started to do my research on Juan Pablo Garcia and asking some people might of heard of him and the things i heard did not sit well with me. Long story short, this guy basically had a group of students walk out on him due to the fact that he was having an affair with someone's wife who was attending the school also. He supposedly surpassed everyone else in promotions who started at the same time as this lady. She was basically promoted to purple belt before everyone, he gave her the 4th stripe on her blue and the following week her purple. This guy is basically running a cult over there, he has everyone fooled that they will be the best in Jiu Jitsu and giving false hopes to get them to sign a contract. Has anyone else heard of this guy?

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    http://www.ratemybjjinstructor.com/i...ctor_id=001168

    The "drama" seems form one post on this page....there is little elsewhere

    Won't be the first time a teacher had sex with one of their gym members and won;t be the last - he seems to have a reasonable reputation as a teacher and practitioner otherwise

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    Juan Pablo Garcia appears to be the rank he claims, in the system he is teaching.
    http://www.graciemag.com/en/2014/05/...los-gracie-jr/

    Giving people inflated expectations of their abilities and potential, and a high pressure sales pitch to sign a long term contract may be overselling, but it isn't really fraud.

    I personally don't think that any teacher should allow themselves any involvement with a student under any circumstance, but if it involves freely consenting adults, that is largely a matter of personal morals and values. Assuming this is true of Juan Pablo, then others are free to conduct themselves as they feel appropriate, as did the students who left him, and you, who chose not to involve yourself with him.

    If there is any real substance to the claim his is running anything akin to a cult, that may be investigation worthy, but it would need to be supported with more than just instilling individuals within a group with an inflated sense of self.

    An awarded ranking that could possibly not have been fully earned would really need to be substantiated with empirical evidence that the rank was not legitimately earned. That alone would be hard to substantiate, and even then would stand as an isolated incident, and hardly indicative that he was guilty of selling or otherwise awarding unearned belts. (I assume that is what you are alluding to).

    It sounds like, at most, Juan Pablo Garcia would be guilty of the crime of "maybe not being a really great human being".

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrouchyOldMan View Post
    Juan Pablo Garcia appears to be the rank he claims, in the system he is teaching.
    http://www.graciemag.com/en/2014/05/...los-gracie-jr/

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    It sounds like, at most, Juan Pablo Garcia would be guilty of the crime of "maybe not being a really great human being".
    There are plenty of people out there who qualify as "maybe not being a really great human being" and many of them are black belts in one art or another. I personally don't want to be a champion or compete with my instructor's love interests for attention in class or promotion. So I personally would not go there because it in no way fits my martial arts goal.

    Depending on how his students rank and compete, I might choose his school if the data lines up with his claims of making champions, if that was my goal.

    Speaking of which does anyone know how his students actually perform and at what level?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BackFistMonkey View Post
    There are plenty of people out there who qualify as "maybe not being a really great human being" and many of them are black belts in one art or another. I personally don't want to be a champion or compete with my instructor's love interests for attention in class or promotion. So I personally would not go there because it in no way fits my martial arts goal.

    Depending on how his students rank and compete, I might choose his school if the data lines up with his claims of making champions, if that was my goal.
    Thanks for giving a better example of what I was trying to say. If someone is a competent instructor, and sucks at being human (which may or may not be the case with the subject of the OP-i don't know him, and will likely never meet him or anyone associated with him, so his personal life isn't even of enough interest to me that I care to entertain the question), then others are free to decide, for whatever personal reasons they have, whether or not that matters to them.

    Speaking of which does anyone know how his students actually perform and at what level?
    I did a little searching through the website and Facebook pages, as well as a brief search engine effort, and didn't come up with much. My efforts were limited to say the least, and I wouldn't really know how to find out, so my lack of results don't necessarily mean anything. I do admit, my curiosity is piqued.

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