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BJJinRI
8/23/2010 4:22am,
I noticed a Villari's School in my area which had a sign claiming they offered Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Seeing as how I train in the only school within an hour that had BJJ I was surprised I hadn't heard about it. I went to their website (http://www.villarisri.cmasdirect.com/) to check on it and came across this description of their BJJ instructor:

"Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA class with Don Perkins. Don is a life-long practitioner of BJJ and offers a wealth of excellent grappling tools & strategies. He has fought professionally and was nationally ranked. Meets Fridays 7:00-8:30PM For students age15+"

I do somewhat follow grappling, and I had not heard of Don Perkins before. Since he was "nationally ranked" I decided to look him up. I couldn't find any record of him competing in BJJ, or mentioned with BJJ anywhere. I e-mailed the school and expressed interest in their program and asked what Mr. Perkins rank was and who he'd trained under:

Mr. Perkins told me he was a second degree black belt and had been training for 34 years. He started training at 5 years old in Tucson under a man named Donde Vlrable.

This struck me as odd as, to my understanding there was no BJJ really in the US in the mid seventies, and the fact that there is also no record of anyone named "Donde Vlarble" ever existing on the internet either. In fact I can't find record of anyone with this last name ever, and "donde" in Portuguese means "where."

I asked him who Donde had trained under and he said "a Gracie." After our exchange I came across this page on the site: http://www.villarisri.cmasdirect.com/id,6517/backTo,Instructor%20List/instructorView/view/32919_Instructors.pml


Here it claims he is a third degree black belt and that he has a 263-0 professional BJJ record. The first part contradicts what he told me and the second part is just ridiculous.

He very clearly is making things up as he goes along and he claims all along that he's very insulted by me.

BJJinRI
8/23/2010 5:32am,
I should also point out that in his communication with me he insisted that "Donde Vlarble" came from Brazil and only trained his father, brothers and himself, and that that was why there was no record of him.

Soldiermedic
8/23/2010 8:14am,
I thought the grappling in Shaolin Kempo was already covered by Chin Na and the "serpent".

I do know of some SK schools that do bring in legit BJJ instructors, but they are usually not still affiliated with Villari.

Vorpal
8/23/2010 8:27am,
Can someone screen capture that **** before it disappears?

BackFistMonkey
8/23/2010 8:43am,
Bullshido shrank it to 800 x 600 but I have a bigger version.


http://www.bullshido.net/forums/picture.php?albumid=74&pictureid=440

BJJinRI
8/23/2010 8:44am,
I have a whole e-mail conversation I had with him which I just summarized a bit here. If people want to see the whole thing I'll post it.

Vorpal
8/23/2010 9:01am,
I might be crazy, but is that a picture of Mike Swain on their homepage?

Kintanon
8/23/2010 9:03am,
"Nationally Ranked" is most likely a reference to NAGAs rankings. He probably is Nationally Ranked, somewhere around 10,000th place in the nation. That's about where I am I think.

BJJinRI
8/23/2010 9:04am,
Wow. I didn't notice. That really does look like they just used a photo of him there.

BJJinRI
8/23/2010 9:05am,
"Nationally Ranked" is most likely a reference to NAGAs rankings. He probably is Nationally Ranked, somewhere around 10,000th place in the nation. That's about where I am I think.

I haven't been able to find his name in anywhere relating to BJJ, NAGA or otherwise.

Kintanon
8/23/2010 9:21am,
The National Rankings require you to be pay a membership fee in order for your name to actually show up, if he let his membership lapse then his name won't show up on their rankings any more even if he was previously ranked. That being said, with a record as large as he claims is insane that his name wouldn't be all over the place if he's competed in the last 10 years.

BackFistMonkey
8/23/2010 9:37am,
Wow. I didn't notice. That really does look like they just used a photo of him there.


I might be crazy, but is that a picture of Mike Swain on their homepage?

You mean here ? On the right ?

http://www.bullshido.net/forums/picture.php?albumid=74&pictureid=441

It sure does look like him but as I have said before I am not good with faces.

Kintanon
8/23/2010 9:40am,
I'm 99% sure that's one of the promo photos from Basic Judo.

DKJr
8/23/2010 10:40am,
Did he say who he received his black belt under, or if it was his dad then who his father got his black belt under?

I just googled bjj in the area, this other school came up. They may know something about him. I'm sure they'd be delighted to know about another 3rd degree blackbelt near them.
http://bestwaybjj.com/about/

Correction they have an affiliate in RI, but surely a 3rd degree blackbelt would be known. BJJ isn't a huge community.

Vorpal
8/23/2010 11:25am,
You mean here ? On the right ?

http://www.bullshido.net/forums/picture.php?albumid=74&pictureid=441

It sure does look like him but as I have said before I am not good with faces.

That's it. I'm fairly certain that's him. If he's not actually affiliated with the site I'm sure he would mot appreciate being their frontman.

Iainkelt
8/23/2010 11:50am,
I appreciate the irony of this situation. One, they picked a VERY well known martial artist to feature on their website that anyone with a background in grappling would know and immediately question if the site had his approval. Two, they, allegedly, teach BJJ....Mike Swain, of course, is a judoka....nice.