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John.O.Brien
3/10/2007 11:30am,
Kru Ric Sniffen

"Kru Ric has studied Brazilian Jujitsu and reahced 2nd Degree Blackbelt under instructor Benedict Bastes."

Source: http://www.usmta.com/Ric%20Sniffen.htm

There is no instructor I know of called Benedict Bastes. This was originally highlighted over on the UG.

Kistrael
3/10/2007 12:01pm,
Kru Ric Sniffen aka "Rma Lek Suer" from Guymon Oklahoma has studied in martial arts since he was four years old. he is bilingual in English, Spanish, Thai and Japanese. He studied Japanese and Okinawa martial arts of Zen Combat

Karate, Naha Te and Bujutsu (traditional Japanese weaponry and Samurai skills) earning the rank of Rokudan and traditional title of Kyoshi. (instructor) under instructors Hanshi Shioda Minoru, Kyoshi Y. Tanaka, Kyoshi.

T. Yamashiro and Hanshi William A. Sniffen Sr. and Renshi William A. Sniffen Jr. He has also studied Yip Man Wing Chun system under instructors Stephan and Peter Leung, and Kung June Nu Su (KukSanim) Korean martial arts under instructor Kim H. Lee. Kru Ric has studied Arnis under Baymond Bautista.

Khmer Boxing from Cambodia, Muay Boran and Muay Chao Cherk from Thailand under instructors Sawang Kwat Jia and Tong Yaleh. Kru Ric has studied Brazilian Jujitsu and reahced 2nd Degree Blackbelt under instructor Benedict Bastes.

He has trained sat Pontawee Camp in Bangkok, Thailand under Krus Srisa Keet Wat, Suri Poosiri and Kru Phitsarnu. He also studied at the Lopuri Gym, Thailand under Kru's Tienchai Goring, Tongmee Deebuape and Ket Jamornmarn.

He also studied Muay Thai at Fairtex Muay Thai under instructor Anthony Lin. Kru Ric studied western Boxing in El Paso,Texas at the Southwest Boxing Academy and gained a record of 14 fights with 8 wins, 2 Draws and 4 losses at Cruiserweight.

He has Judging & refereeing under the AAU, WBC and the USBA with 9 years experience. He represents the Native American Muay Thai Association (NAMTA).He became National Director of the USMTA (NAL).

...is what the entire page says.

Knave
3/10/2007 12:54pm,
Greetings.

Bilingual in four different languages. That's just magnificent.

If you type his name into google, you will get multiple MA related biographies and advertisements and things of that nature, all of which are about a guy named Ric Sniffen with a grandiose background from Oklahoma. Same guy? Probably. But if it is he seems to changed his little fantasy every so often.

http://home.psouth.net/~jokim/ric.html


My name is Ric Sniffen and I'm a Chunin subleader of the Tengu Ryu under Junin Yamashiro. I begun my Martial Arts Training at the age of 4 years old under my father Hanshi William Sniffen Sr. and his teacher Hanshi Shinoda Minoru in the Tanaka Ryu and in Nipon/Ryukyu Kaishu Ki Kempo ( Zen Combat Karate ). I currently hold the rank of Rokudan in the Art and the Title of Kyoshi. At the age of 8 I begun studying Koga Ryu under Yamashiro Junin in the Tengu system. eventually earning the Title of Chunin in Tengu Ryu.

I then began studying the Korean Martial Art of Sul Sa Do under GrandMaster Kim H. Lee. In 1985 I was awarded the rank and title of Yook Dan Kwanjangnim ( Master Instructor ). I have also studied Keupsu Chirigi or method of striking pressure points and joints etc. My teacher passed away in 1988 leaving me the honor to carry on his Art.

I currently operate schools in Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska, and Kansas with another soon to open in Minnesota ( late 2001). My main school is in Guymon ,Oklahoma and consist of 20 full time active students who train in the VERY TRADITIONAL methods of Tengu Koga Ryu. In the past I have taught some 145+ students in the Martial Arts, along with members of Foreign Governments, Military, Law Enforcement and Bodyguards. My current group is an ACTIVE group of Shinobi 20 to be exact, we have offered our services to Japan and other foreign governments.

My commitment to the Koga Ryu is to see that the Ryu will Flurish Forever and that someone will carry on the teachings of our great system. My commitment to each of you is that of a brother in the Art. I will be here to answer questions explain techniques do seminars at your shool etc. all you need to do is ask.

I'm Married to a 4th Dg. Black Belt in Moo Duk Kwan Julie, and we have 4 children Nicole 15, Sabrina 12 Ricky 9 and Michael 8. Each of my children begun training at the age of 4 years okd in Tengu Ryu.

I'm also on the Board for ninja clans to deal with ranking, systems, and problems withim the Koga Ryu.

I can be contacted by E-Mail at anytime my E-Mail address is [email protected] please feel free to contact me with any questions or to help find some.

Sincerely one in the Path

Interestingly enough the biography on this page has a picture which shows it is the same guy, but it mentions nothing of his extensive bjj, boxing, and muay thai experience. http://www.masterbridgesacademy.homestead.com/GrandMasterSniffen.html


Grand Master Ric Sniffen began his career in Martial Arts at age 4, in the New York Budokan under the direction of Hanshi Minoru and Hanshi W. Sniffen, in the art of Zen Combat Karate. He earned the rank of Rokudan (6th degree Black Belt) in 1985 along witth the title of Kyoshi (Instructor).

At the age of 7, he was introduced to Grand Master Kim H. Lee, the Golden Tiger of Heaju. Grand Master Lee instructed him in the arts of Keupsu Chirgi (pressure points), Kung Joong Moo Sool Royal Palace Martial Art, and Soo Bak Do.

Grand Master Sniffen also studied the arts of Yudo, Moo Duk Kwan and Hapkido under Master J.P. Sang, earning his 5th degree Black Belt in 1992. He trained in Cambodian Boxing under Phuc Tran and the Chinese Art of Wing Chun Gung Fu under Sifu Leung and David Leung. He was a student of Monk Q. Ling and William Wu in the Art of Five Family Fist. He is a cerified instructor in both arts.

Grand Master Sniffen operates Dojangs in Texhoma, OK; Goodwell, OK; and Guymon, OK. He has students operating schools in Norman, OK; Ponca City, OK; Houston, TX, New York City, NY and Miami, FL.

http://www.awsda.org/html/oklahoma.html


Fighting Sparrows
Ric Sniffen
Texhoma, OK 73949
(580) 423-7239
[email protected]
Womens Self Defense Seminars for both Small and Large Groups for NO CHARGE. We accept donations from groups who may sponsor us to teach for area businesses or groups. But even this is NOT REQUIRED we do this for those in need of our program. Instructor is a 6th Degree Black Belt in both Zen Combat Karate and Korean Royal Palace Martial Arts and a former Police Officer with the Texhoma Police department. Also worked on the Texhoma Fire - Rescue Department as an Instructor.
Updated: 4/28/02

Don Gwinn
3/11/2007 10:03am,
Email inbound . . . . [email protected]

NDNSLAM
3/16/2007 4:28pm,
Damn this guys claim to fame is his main school is in Guymon Oklahoma. I am from Oklahoma and never have heard of this guy, guess thats why he says his school is in Guymon where pig farms are the biggest employer of illegals. Sounds like BS to me.

Don Gwinn
3/16/2007 7:39pm,
Someone else should wait a few days and email this guy. He was fairly forthcoming, but I have apparently deleted his reply.
That was the morning my wife woke me up at 1:00 a.m. after her water broke, so things were a little rushed. It's not in my deleted items, so I probably "junked" it along with the spam while trying to get my lesson plans and stuff sent off.

He gave a Japanese name for Bastes' instructor in Brazil; nobody I recognized. All names involved were vague. I did not get the impression of veracity. Sorry I lost it, guys.

William Clark
3/16/2007 8:44pm,
I attended a Muay Thai event on 3-10-2007 in Guymon. Oklahoma that was promoted by Ric Sniffen. There were 15 fights and they were sanctioned by the Native American League of the USMTA. The event drew a packed house and the show was great. I too am from Oklahoma and have been at several events in which Ric Sniffen has been involved.

Don Gwinn
3/16/2007 8:52pm,
OK. Do you know anything about his Muay Thai lineage? How about BJJ?

The part I'm having trouble with is the 2nd Black in BJJ.

William Clark
3/16/2007 9:12pm,
I no nothing of his Muay Thai lineage. I know him from attending amateur Muay Thai events in which my teenage son competes. Ric heads up the NAL and has sanctioned matches around the state. I understand he has a fairly large school in Guymon, OK.

JasoninTimmins
3/17/2007 12:14pm,
I'd love to hear who this Japanese instructor of Benedict Bastes was...maybe you could email him back and simply tell him that you lost his reply on account of your wife's water breaking? Congratulations, by the way!

Another good question would be what BJJ team affiliation this is...

JasoninTimmins
3/24/2007 9:42am,
Still hoping to hear Ric's explanation of Benedict Bastes, and his Japanese instructor!

weechey
3/26/2007 3:12pm,
I think you have me confused with someone who's wife had a baby. I will ask Ric about his Black Belt in BJJ next time I see him.

So.....any word on your conversation with Ric Sniffen re: his BJJ BB?

William Clark
3/26/2007 9:20pm,
I will see Ris Sniffen in Oklahoma City on April 28, 07 at USMTA Pro-Am event and will ask him then about Benedict Bastes.

Arclight
3/28/2007 8:51pm,
The smell of horse manure is strong here. As of 2001-ish his training history mentions nothing of Muay Thai OR BJJ.

http://209.85.165.104/search?q=cache:VPeNzdbQy3wJ:home.psouth.net/~jokim/ric.html+ric+sniffen&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=us

Dont miss the fact he said he trained 20 active ninjas on that page.

Unless he is BJ Penn, homie probably would need the standard 8-10 years at least to get his black belt. So the BJJ black is almost certainly a crock of pigeon excretion. He probably has a "black" under that guy's system, and he trained some BJJ under that guy although I'm sure he's happy to leave the impression he's a BJJ black belt.

Also somehow within the last 5-6 years he managed to COMPLETELY take a different direction than his decades of traditional MA....and train boxing and muay thai (in both the US and Thailand), amass a boxing record, achieve Kru status in Muay Thai. ALL THAT WHILE GETTING A 2ND DEGREE BJJ BLACK.

Hmm, may be a poorly kept bio, or may be BS. No way of knowing until we start making inquiries to Fairtex and Pontawee.

But the BJJ black is baloney. And there's very little trace of Benedict Bastes.

Arclight
3/28/2007 9:09pm,
Bio as of 2001

Grand Master Ric Sniffen began his career in Martial Arts at age 4, in the New York Budokan under the direction of Hanshi Minoru and Hanshi W. Sniffen, in the art of Zen Combat Karate. He earned the rank of Rokudan (6th degree Black Belt) in 1985 along witth the title of Kyoshi (Instructor).



Our Founder
GRAND MASTER SNIFFEN
Grand Master Sniffen also studied the arts of Yudo, Moo Duk Kwan and Hapkido under Master J.P. Sang, earning his 5th degree Black Belt in 1992. He trained in Cambodian Boxing under Phuc Tran and the Chinese Art of Wing Chun Gung Fu under Sifu Leung and David Leung. He was a student of Monk Q. Ling and William Wu in the Art of Five Family Fist. He is a cerified instructor in both arts.


Grand Master Sniffen operates Dojangs in Texhoma, OK; Goodwell, OK; and Guymon, OK. He has students operating schools in Norman, OK; Ponca City, OK; Houston, TX, New York City, NY and Miami, FL.
At the age of 7, he was introduced to Grand Master Kim H. Lee, the Golden Tiger of Heaju. Grand Master Lee instructed him in the arts of Keupsu Chirgi (pressure points), Kung Joong Moo Sool Royal Palace Martial Art, and Soo Bak Do.

Arclight
3/30/2007 11:15am,
Okay. We're on to another one here guys. First claim 0wned (of many likely to follow). Email received from Anthony Lin of Fairtex:

"Paul,


Thank you for sending me your email. The fact below is incorrect as I do not teach any students by the name of Ric Sniffen. I am not an instructor but President & CEO of Fairtex Group.



We will have our attorneys contact Mr. Sniffen regarding this false information.



Should you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me via email at [email protected]



Best regards,

Anthony Lin

www.fairtex.com"