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AmericanTSDBJJ
4/10/2012 2:14am,
I originally posted this on Sherdog and someone suggested I post it on here as well. Anyway, I Googled “fake BJJ black belt David Lang” the other night, and found this guy, “master” Ryan Franklin (he claims he earned his "black belt" in just over 3 years) teaching BJJ in Alliance, Nebraska. He offers private lessons for $20/hour. Not a bad deal, if it wasn’t for the fact that he’s a fake black belt under another infamous fake BJJ black belt; David Lang. For those who may remember, Lang falsely claimed to be a black belt under Wallid Ismail. Ismail has never promoted anyone to black belt and publicly denounced Lang in a video.

Unfortunately, since this is my first posting on here, I’m not allowed to post links, but if you Google this guy’s school “Mystic Dragon BJJ” or go to my posting on Sherdog also titled “Fake BJJ black belt in Nebraska”, you‘ll find links to the guy’s site and advertisement for lessons.

Gezere
4/10/2012 3:27am,
For the thread about David Lang

http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=102118&page=1

Has anyone approached this guy about his lineage? Does he know his master is a fake?

kevinlolwut
4/12/2012 7:08am,
20 bucks an hour? Don't people normally charge by the month?

Stickybomb
4/12/2012 11:38am,
Man, if only that would be true.

lionknight
4/12/2012 1:44pm,
20 bucks an hour? Don't people normally charge by the month?
Private lessons are usually charged by the hour. Read it again.

slamdunc
4/12/2012 2:59pm,
Does he know his master is a fake?
So many of them have no idea. Too bad for many, they dedicate time and effort to train in some system that is all fail.

JohnKenner
4/12/2012 5:27pm,
So many of them have no idea. Too bad for many, they dedicate time and effort to train in some system that is all fail.

Did you read his website... it is really, really sad.

Here's the link: http://mysticdragonbjj.webs.com/

On his lineage and training:

My name is Ryan Franklin and I am a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt whose BJJ experience has forever changed my life. I earned my black belt in just over 3 years under Grand Master David Lang, himself a black belt under Wallid Ismail who was belted by Carlson Gracie of the famous founding Gracie family.


Within 8 months, I had made myself nearly unsubmittable even if I did not yet possess the skills to submit him.


That would all change after just over 3 years of instruction when I sunk a deep choke on the grand master. He refused to tap* and after I helped revive him, he awarded me my black belt just as he had promised.


You can trust me. I have a fantastic lineage, I lay everything out on this website and I'm not doing this for the money.

Oh boy:

They were all true martial arts experts who had studied Kung Fu for a minimum of 40 years each and they were highly skilled and surprisingly strong for their size and advanced ages. My feigned respect for their Kung Fu striking led them to also share some Shaolin Eagle Claw Chin Na which expanded my ground game a bit. Of course, I also eagerly taught them some BJJ moves and this was when I realized I had found my true calling: to teach self defense grappling.

I sparred frequently with the Shaolin monks (we only went about 90% on each other) and they were quite impressed that I won about two thirds of the matches. (I was even more impressed personally since I had never rolled with anyone besides David Lang before.)

On his teaching:

I will not hold you back or slow your progress through redundant drilling of techniques. While you may not be the phenom I was, there is no reason why it should take more than 4-5 years maximum to master the art and earn your black belt.


Saving on gym leases, mats, web design and hosting, etc makes it more affordable.

Rolling with no mats....?

On why Lang ain't teaching:

Unfortunately, langmma.com is no longer around as I don't believe the Grand Master could afford to continue practicing his craft with his reasonable prices and significant gym overhead.

Apparently this kid has social anxiety disorder, and Lang taught him BJJ and he feels better about himself now. I don't think he's screwing anyone over, he just seems not to know. I mean earning his BB in three years would put him in phenom category next to BJ Penn. The fact that he calls Lang a Grand Master makes me want to puke.

It is Fake
4/12/2012 5:30pm,
Yeah after reading that website it felt like a huge troll or a troubled young man.

DKJr
4/12/2012 6:12pm,
Yeah after reading that website it felt like a huge troll or a troubled young man.

I'd guess the latter. That is a very awkward and sad website to read.

battlefields
4/12/2012 8:02pm,
I like him, he seems on the level, what with him warning us that legitimate instructors who hold classes are only in it for the money.

Remember people, you only need to roll against the same person over and over again to become better at BJJ.

slamdunc
4/12/2012 8:13pm,
Apparently this kid has social anxiety disorder, and Lang taught him BJJ and he feels better about himself now. I don't think he's screwing anyone over, he just seems not to know. I mean earning his BB in three years would put him in phenom category next to BJ Penn. The fact that he calls Lang a Grand Master makes me want to puke.
Social anxiety disorder, I'm thinking more along the lines of Delusional Disorder; he's definitely troubled. If his martial arts were half as good as his delusional bullshit, he'd be a real bad ass. I hope he didn't hurt his arm with all that patting himself on the back.

AXPickle
4/12/2012 8:58pm,
1. I award belts under my own name (Mystic Dragon) only and instruction is specific to no gi with no mats for self defense. As such, my curriculum includes muscle tears as well as the more traditional BJJ joint locks.

wait what? Is muscle tears a move where you roll around screaming in agony until the opponent runs in fear?


2. While I have sprinkled some of the Judo Jiu Jitsu passed down by Grand Master David Lang into my teachings, I have even more much more heavily incorporated Shaolin Eagle Claw Chin Na into my BJJ curriculum. While BJJ is the most effective martial art in the world, there is no time to rest on laurels and stop evolving. My students will benefit from my travels and BJJ curriculum evolution.

OK, I'll bite, but I am skeptical about martial arts that work on "pressure points" in actual combat.


3. I also weave my personal philosophy into my BJJ curriculum. If you don't want to learn important life lessons on humility, integrity, compassion and awareness of Social Anxiety Disorder, don't waste your time contacting me.

I'm fine with mentioning skills as a life coach, but that should take a back seat to training.


4. I will not hold you back or slow your progress through redundant drilling of techniques. While you may not be the phenom I was, there is no reason why it should take more than 4-5 years maximum to master the art and earn your black belt.

belt factory, although slower than other factories, 4 years for even brown is rare correct?


5. I don't teach classes, only one-on-one private lessons. There aren't enough people in Alliance, Nebraska to justify classes and I do have legitimate fears my Social Anxiety Disorder could reappear anyway but, more importantly, you learn more through intensive and customized one-on-one tutelage than being just a number in a big classroom setting.

Occasional private lessons are fine, but only that? Rolling with only 1 person seems legit, especially if there are no mats since real self defense doesn't use mats. Hell with this he could just come right to your house and you can train, screw gyms!


I do not use mats but I have padded carpet in my basement in case you do not want to host the lessons. You will be responsible for providing a third party when working submissions. The third party will be responsible for ensuring the tap is quickly acknowledged by the victor as this will eliminate any possible loss of consciousness or damaging ligament tears or bone breaks. While I believe I have mostly overcome my Social Anxiety Disorder, I fear I can still hold a choke or knee bar too long "in the heat of battle."

Oh **** he DOES just come over to your house. Matt Foley, motivational speaker, comes to mind.


I will expel any students instantly if they ever 'dojo storm' another BJJ school

Is that actually a thing? Does karate kid type rivalry actually happen???

johnny_cage
4/12/2012 9:22pm,
Oh **** he DOES just come over to your house. Matt Foley, motivational speaker, comes to mind.
.snip.
Is that actually a thing? Does karate kid type rivalry actually happen???
hahaha I just watched that SNL episode. Hilarious.

As for the 'dojo storming' im thinking this is the poor anxiety disorder guys attempt at saying 'please do NOT double check my training anywhere else or my SAD which makes me choke people will come back'.

I think my fav is how he states 'you must bring your own 3d party' otherwise he might no let go of the subs and you could die!

DKJr
4/12/2012 9:48pm,
Honestly I feel bad for him the kids been duped and doesn't know any better.

Although his "I'm a phenom" attitude is annoying. I bet it's because he caught that lying pos and Lang claimed he was a phenom instead of admitting he wasn't a black belt.

battlefields
4/12/2012 9:58pm,
So is someone looking to burst the kids bubble or are we just going to accept that a person with admitted mental conditions is advertising to teach people BJJ and Chin Na, neither of which it seems he is qualified to teach?

I mean, I'd do it, but I have been known to be a tad harsh sometimes.

johnny_cage
4/12/2012 10:17pm,
Well i was reading all of this while thouroughly amused thinking he was a troll until i read his BIO on being supah awesome because Lang stopped subbing him after 8 months . . .. poor guy doesnt even know that GRAND'master' Lang did not in ANY way begin him on his path of martial art enlightenment.

To me it seems like a LARPer got duped into training with Lang and did not know enough o realize that just because he watched enough UFC to put him in a choke or joint lock a FEW times when he didnt know anything DOES NOT IN ANY FU**ING way = training with a bjj black belt. AND IT CERTAINLY doesnt make HIM a black belt.

from his section on 'EARNING YOUR BLACK BELT'
"While you may not be the phenom I was (I earned my black belt in just over 3 years), there is no reason why it should take more than 4-5 years maximum to master the art and earn your black belt. "
HAHAHA i do not know where to begin with how wrong that is.
The fact that he is saying he is better than or equal to the likes of BJ Penn?