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    Idaho Falls Mixed Martial Arts Center : What to make of this?

    http://www.idahofallsmixedmartialarts.com/

    I've read it. It's terrible. It mixes *some* legitimate information with some mangled Elmore-esque Green Beret "kill-em-all" attitude and a fair amount of "inspirational" quotes. Most everything is spelled incorrectly, training times aren't listed, costs aren't listed. When I called, the man that answered the phone told me that they don't train MMA for competition- they just "get in there and get it over with..."

    I'm going to go and watch next week. Maybe.

    Thoughts?

    #2
    PK, here's a few things to ask when you see the class:

    What ranks does this guy hold? He only lists:
    # Extensive (Gracie Jujutsu) military combatives training
    # 25 years experience Gracie Jujutsu, Kickboxing, Aikido, and American Kenpo Karate
    # 19 years teaching experience of men, women, children, special needs, military, law enforcement, and security personnel
    but no actual rank. Hell, I have experience driving a car but that doesn't mean I'm ready for NASCAR.

    Also...
    Throughout his dedicated teaching career, Instructor Eric Mooney has won and medaled in countless international and national competitive championships.
    When and where?
    Last edited by Slipster; 5/31/2007 1:38pm, .

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      #3
      I've seen worse. but yeah, the fact that he name-checks BJJ all over the place without coming clean about his rank is troubling. I'd definitely ask him straight up about his rank, and if he gave anything but a straight answer ("I'm a purple under ____ ____; feel free to call him and check here's his number"), I'd fuck off out of there.

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        #4
        Exactly my point.

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          #5
          He's listed here:
          http://kenpo-texas.com/links_akts.html#ID
          As an American Ke?po instructor. "Delayed Sword" in the cage, anyone?

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            #6
            You may consider *GASP* GOING THERE AND SEEING.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Cracky McSlugHoot
              You may consider *GASP* GOING THERE AND SEEING.
              I think he said he was...maybe...!

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                #8
                Meh, I won't be in the area for awhile or I would offer to go see. I see several red flags but nothing too serious. Like somebody suggest go there and see. I personally think this is a "we do a lot of stuff" MMA dojo, not a "we fight in a cage" MMA dojo.

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                  #9
                  Be careful

                  He is a piece of work... Anyone that won't give you concrete evidence of their background in a certain style doesn't have a background in that style. They are trying to get you in the door so you feel pressured to stay. I've heard that he is a compulsive liar and hasn't done half of the things he claims.

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                    #10
                    Hey SanAntonio, do you live in IF?

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                      #11
                      Well, I used to live in Idaho Falls.

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                        #12
                        I used to live there. I wasn't really impressed with Mr. Mooney. Of course, back then he was Idaho Falls Kenpo Karate Academy. I don't know that he has ever done MMA.

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                          #13
                          One of the biggest things that bothers me is that he claims on most of his ads, "The #1 martial arts facility" in that city. According to who? As far as I can tell, according to an online poll on his own website, but who knows. I know that businesses can be sued for such claims if they can't back it up.

                          If any of you guys go over there, give us an update!

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                            #14
                            Personally, I don't think he has been rated by anyone. I checked out his website and thought it sounded like a lot of fluff. I think with the current UFC craze he is trying to fool people into thinking he knows about MMA. I will get in touch with my friends in IF and see what they think.

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                              #15
                              Rumor has it that many of the people that have left did so because they were tired of his lies and the fact that they weren't learning any information. Some people were even getting promoted without knowing the required information. They say he has pissed off a lot of people. If you do check out the school personally, let me know if the rumors have a basis.

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