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    hapkido ppl know anything about this guy?

    I'm curious if anyone has any comments on a guy named George Petrotta. I had previously not heard of him before I met him yesterday. There is lots of his bio info on the web but I was hoping someone has trained with him at some point or something.



    Edited by - trent on June 27 2003 12:02:04

    #2
    Here is some more info for the non-searching types.




    Edited by - trent on June 27 2003 11:41:28

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      #3
      Too many grandmasta and masta on that webpage for my taste...

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        #4
        He was a guest in class yesterday. I was turned off by his Christian prayers at the beginning and end along with including in the ending prayer that any "lost" people should see him or his wife after the session. I may have lost all faith that I don't attend a McDojo.

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          #5
          uh oh, now i'm gonna get involved here

          There is nothing wrong with praying. If you don't like it leave......

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            #6
            If he were there every day I would certainly leave. I'm not a Christian and don't appreciate having that slipped in. Just like you probably wouldn't like it if someone by another religion than your own came into your dojo and started asking to you to pray with them.

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              #7
              I'm paying my dues to learn to fight and not to be converted. Religion has never been mentioned in class before.

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                #8
                in truth i find his decision to act like that weird


                I'm a religiously affiliated. (lol)

                but i don't mind my Sifu praying for 20 secs at the end of class......he doesn't talk about conversion or any stuff like that

                it's all like "please give us safety" goodness

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                  #9
                  Problem #1
                  With Sungja-Do we win all conflicts on the street or in school or at work, whether they be physical or mental
                  Problem #2
                  Sungja-Do is a combination of martial arts that have been studied by George I. Petrotta, 10th Degree, Founder of Sungja-Do. These include but are not limited to:
                  Problem #3
                  8th dan UTB Tae Kwon
                  Do-Grandmaster Eugene A. Humesky, 9th Dan
                  7th dan CTA Taekwondo
                  Grandmaster Derman B. Hodge, Sr., 8th Dan
                  7th dan MooSul Kwan Hapkido-
                  Grandmaster Derman B. Hodge, Sr, 8th Dan
                  9th dan Myong-Dae-Gu-Dan-Sungja-Do-
                  Grandmaster Klaus Schuhmacher, 10th Dan
                  8th dan Kickboxing Full Contact-Confederacao Brasileira De Kickboxing-Grandmaster Carlos Silva, 9th Degree
                  8th dan World Kickboxing League-
                  Grandmaster Carlos Silva, 9th Degree
                  10th dan Karate for Christ International Shinsei Jujitsu-Grandmaster Joseph Lumpkin, 9th degree
                  ShoDaiSoke of Sungja-Do system-- Karate for Christ International Shinsei Jujitsu-
                  Grandmaster Joseph Lumpkin, 9th degree
                  6th dan Cloud Forest World Chinese Martial Arts Association-Dr. David E. Kash, 10th degree
                  3rd dan World Taekwondo Federation
                  Before you start worrying about the jesus stuff, you need to consider these.


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                    #10
                    Skip this school and go to a legitimate Hapkido (or other style) school. This is a church group mascarading as martial arts. There are tons of these in the midwest.

                    Not only is the religious angle unsettling, but all the "Grandmasters" and associations have obviously given each other titles and ranks to an absurd degree. It is a creepy, incestual martial arts title inflation fest.

                    I would say Sungja Do is a bad scene. Go for something else.

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                      #11
                      I already have a school but this guy was the guest instructor last night. I could tell that our instructor thinks highly of him and not b/c of the religious crap as far as I can tell. This is why I'm concerned. I'm concerned that there is some title backscratching and legitimization going on.

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                        #12
                        I know GM Petrotta. He is a very nice gentleman and alwys willing to help others out. About 2 years ago I was the Illinois rep for the Sungja-do organization and probably still have my name on the list as a member. :) They were heading down a path that I didn't care to take so I withdrew myself from the group. I still speak to GM Petrotta every now and then. My question though is how was his skill?

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                          #13
                          It has also made me really question the legitimacy of my own instructor. Damn, and I was really getting into things too. Unfortunately this is the best school in my small city, so I've heard.

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                            #14
                            I'm participating in a seminar next month by Ron Van Browning but this was the closest I've come so far. We donated $5 a piece for the hour b/c it was thrown together at the last minute. In that hour we prayed twice and were shown 3 or 4 arm locks and practiced them. I was also wondering if anyone could vouch for his skill.

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                              #15
                              that's a fucking huge load of dans

                              probably more than he is old!

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