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    Bullshido.net's Investigation of Matthew Morton Results in USJA Ruling

    I can now announce that the USJA Ethics Committee has completed their investigation of this case. I filed a formal ethics complaint with USJA in order to initiate an investigation of the rank and membership status of Mr. Mathew Morton who had been accused of using a modified copy of my Kodokan Certificate and other false documents to obtain a USJA rank and to teach judo.

    I want to thank the USJA Ethics Committee for the thoroughness of their investigation and their fair evaluation of the evidence. I also want to thank the members of Bullshido who preserved and analyzed the evidence, and shared the results here and on my site at http://judoforum.com.

    USJA did a professional investigation and took appropriate action. Mr. Morton has apologized to me, and I accept his apology. My offer to test him, or prepare him for a future rank test, remains. I would be happy to help him overcome this and return to judo when his suspension ends.

    The USJA Ethics Committee essentially found that all of Mr. Morton's judo rank and coaching certification diplomas were fraudulent, as well as his USJA annual membership card from 1996-1997.

    The following Ethics Committee recommendations have now been approved by the USJA Board of Directors:

    1 - Mr. Morton should be suspended from the USJA for two years. He can apply for reinstatement provided he has shown compliance with the recommendations numbered 2 and 3.

    2 - Mr. Morton should hold no official USJA judo rank until so authorized by examination and verification of his judo knowledge. Accommodations should be made should Mr. Morton supply adequate proof of physical disability.

    3 - A permanent "flag" be placed on his USJA record to indicate his judo rank should not be validated without being examined by an examiner selected by the Rank Examiners Committee Chair.

    4 - To protect other members, notice of Mr. Morton's suspension should be posted on the USJA website, and the USJF and USA Judo should also be notified as to our action.
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    #2
    Nice work!

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      #3
      awesome! Anyone feel like notifying the folks at MartialTalk about this one? See what they say about an investigation by a legit Judo Org. I'd love to watch them continue to bury their heads in the sand!

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        #4
        Originally posted by Wolf View Post
        awesome! Anyone feel like notifying the folks at MartialTalk about this one? See what they say about an investigation by a legit Judo Org. I'd love to watch them continue to bury their heads in the sand!
        Let me guess:

        "But... but... the USJA isn't Law Enforcement... so it doesn't matter what they say either!"

        Here's to hoping they do themselves a favor and grow a spine though.

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          #5
          I am glad this ended amiably .

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            #6
            Wow, great job.

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              #7
              Fantastic job!!

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                #8
                great work, everyone that helped!

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                  #9
                  very nice.

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                    #10
                    2 - Mr. Morton should hold no official USJA judo rank until so authorized by examination and verification of his judo knowledge. Accommodations should be made should Mr. Morton supply adequate proof of physical disability.
                    Whom would administer the test and what percentage of it would be theoretical knowledge?

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