Kelly McCann- questions
I picked up the latest (two to three month old to everyone else) Ultimate MMA magazine for those times at work when I haven't access to the interwebs and don't want to sit at my desk (lunch). I read several publications per month, cover to cover, mainly in the hope of occasioning upon some tasty morsel of insight among a feast of faeces. Today I found what could be described as a tasty morsel of faeces (without being aware of a literal equivalent).
Kelly McCann's Crucible High- Risk Environment Training series published by Paladin Press ( paladin-press.com ).
I did a search and came up with one thread that mentioned Kelly McCann as a trainer of some Black Belt Magazine journalist who was under investigation here at one stage, but nothing else. If anyone knows of a thread, please direct me to it with obligatory "your google fu stinks" remarks.
Supposedly this guy is Black Belt Magazines 2008 Instructor of the Year, obviously the most prestigious title there is regarding martial arts. The advertisement proclaims his "counter grappling program uses combat-proven techniques that will beat any MMA expert you'll find on the street" (their emphasis).
The reason why I started the thread is the picture on the advertisement is clearly misleading. There is a tattooed fat man driving his thumb/ performing a "shredder"/ straight eye gouging (they have blurred it slightly to make it look real) while in a triangle choke (discerned from the positioning of the visible leg) of another man on the bottom, but doing it using the hand on the arm not trapped by the triangle.
Firstly, with my limited ground work knowledge, I know there is no way an "MMA expert" would allow this to happen. It is remedial at best, with the triangle choke control of the attackers upper body you should be able to move away from that arm with ease, letting him get his fingers anywhere near your face is the work of novice. Second, the moment some fuckwit aims for my eyes while they are in my triangle, I'm breaking individual fingers while choking the bitch and singing Kumbaya, emphasising the "ya" with each individual digit break. Third, he calls his sixth volume "Ground Kem-ba-tivz", full stop.
He teams up with John Garman for "Combative Conditioning- Physical and Mental Conditioning for Violent Encounters", where "John Garman demonstrates how to get striking power and muscular endurance to survive violent situations" (their emphasis).
Now far be it from me to call possible Bullshido on anyone without the appropriate information, if the coughing fit I'm about to start sounds like I am it is totally unintentional. As there is no website provided, does anyone have any appropriate information?
Has anyone else seen this ad?
Has anyone got any more information on this guy?
Anyone trained with him?
Am I way out of line and this guy is for real, providing teh r34l anti-grapple, or "counter-grapple"? If so, the individual DVD's in the series are 49.95, and with at least 6 in the series, three hundred bucks is chumppppppp change. You can even get 10% off, but you need the code only I have, muahahaha... *coughing fit sounding strangely like I'm saying something but it is totally unintentional*.
He is obviously the real deal, especially with his hardcore techniques that'll stop any grappler cold in their tracks. This is why every UFC fighter trains with him. This is also why no one in the UFC uses jiu jitsu.
If he is using the 'free' arm to reach and go for the eyes, then he is *helping* the person on bottom cut the angle (make it tighter) to finish the choke .
Originally Posted by battlefields
And he is feeding an arm bar (arm press).
And he forgets that the person on bottom has a free arm to deal with it (other arm is on the head).
Sounds like self-defeating/asphyxiation grappling.
Sounds like standard 'counter-grappling' mumbo jumbo.
J Kelly McCann has published books under the pseudonym "Jim Grover'. You'll probably have better luck with your google fu using that name.
The Wiki says:
Black Belt Magazine article:
He's got a lot of stuff published:
He's also referenced a lot by the combatives guys - he's in their forewards, referenced in reviews, etc. I can't speak to the legitimacy of the guy, but maybe this will help you get started if you want to begin.
Someone gave me a copy of his "Inside the Crucible" DVDs. Honestly I haven't really watched them all the way through, but they seem pretty good. It's about using the handgun in self defense.
This made me chuckle a little.
Originally Posted by CodosDePiedra
Okay, from what I can gather his weapons training seems legit but I'm an Australian, carrying a blade is a jail term offense in some circumstances, a gun more so. My weapon knowledge, although exceeding my average countrymen (except those from the country), is of no assistance in this area.
There seems to be an common RBSD approach to his articles and advertisements. Lots of training LEOs and utilizing the eye gouge, surprise elbow, etc. I won't comment on that either.
I might email them tomorrow and see if I can get a copy of the "counter grapple" for review.
McCann recently became a regular columnist for Black Belt Magazine; apparently taking over the column inches formerly occupied by Jim Wagner. I read his most recent combatives book on the recommendation of a friend who has trained with McCann. I found the book to be pretty sensible.
I suspect the ad copy about taking on and taking out any MMA fighter is pretty standard "puffery."
I can link you to some of the material Black Belt Magazine has put online about him... but keep the bias in mind -- they did just hire him.
There are video links off this biography link.
And this is an old article about his training facility
He has a number of videos on YouTube under both his own name and the Jim Grover pseudonym. From one, you can link to others.
Here's one that includes a knife defense (always a good starting point for a BS check):
YouTube- Jim Grover's Situational Self-Offense
That should give you some idea of what he's teaching. I can't speak to his resume, as I have not investigated it.
He isn't advocating a direct disarm (take the knife) and wrestling match which is good.
Originally Posted by Styygens
I'm curious about finding videos on his counter-grappling to see if the ad contorted it. That triangle 'counter' mentioned above just isn't good.
Supposedly he was, among other things, in SOTG (special operations training group) in the Marine Corps. Coming from the Marines myself, I might be biased due to that assertion.
In the 5 min vid clip I didn't see anything that raised red flags. The triangle thing does sound stupid, but I can't see the ad for context.
From the vid, I like how he defines "disarm" not as taking a knife away, but removing the assailants ability to use the weapon.
Also, from the little Kali I've been exposed to, this knife counter looks & sounds a lot like FMA. His treatment of the angles of attack, low/high counterattacks, inside/outside knife range, cover and elbow tactic are all reminescent of what I have been shown.