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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkPhoenix View Post
    Okay, I will find out more info from Sensei on this, maybe it hasn't gone through yet, but then again I don't know what the procedure is.
    I suspect that's probably true. I will ask again in a week or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cam4276 View Post
    lets see him try and explain that one away to his friends on the other boards...

    I would only bet five dollars he blames losing his rank on "his bad knees making it impossible for him to keep teaching and competing", but I would gladly bet my life savings that his explanation will not involve the truth at all whatsoever.

    Now, can anyone lend me five dollars for my first wager? I'll be good for it once I find someone dumb enough to take the second wager...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkPhoenix View Post
    Okay, I will find out more info from Sensei on this, maybe it hasn't gone through yet, but then again I don't know what the procedure is.
    The data entry woman was on vaction so it won't show in the database just yet. She confirmed that he was disciplined. I don't know yet if he was reduced or stripped. Can you ask your Sensei?
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    Quote Originally Posted by War Wheel View Post
    The data entry woman was on vaction so it won't show in the database just yet. She confirmed that he was disciplined. I don't know yet if he was reduced or stripped. Can you ask your Sensei?
    Will do. I won't be seeing him again till Monday, but he alluded to stripping of rank as he used Sensei Ohlenkamp's Kodokan cert for the USJA rank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lysol View Post
    I would only bet five dollars he blames losing his rank on "his bad knees making it impossible for him to keep teaching and competing", but I would gladly bet my life savings that his explanation will not involve the truth at all whatsoever.

    Now, can anyone lend me five dollars for my first wager? I'll be good for it once I find someone dumb enough to take the second wager...
    i would bet 5 bucks that he didn't even think of using that excuse until you just posted it and that he will post it on other forums in a matter of days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by white_kimbo View Post
    i would bet 5 bucks that he didn't even think of using that excuse until you just posted it and that he will post it on other forums in a matter of days.
    Regardless, he will never admit to stealing it from me, so that's five bucks neither of us can win.

    Still, it would be a weak excuse as A.) Tripp offered to basically quiz him for rank and B.) I have never heard of someone getting their rank stripped because they're too old to continue to compete (unless, of course, their only rank was professional athlete)

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    Mathew Morton

    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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    Thanks for the update. Time to finish the article now. Case closed.
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    Thanks Neil, and thanks go to the Ethics Committee as well for their thorough response.

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