a little help is required please.
There is a guy in my local town that has suddenly appeared and opened a number of classes in the last 2/3 years.
He is teaching in local schools and community centres. This isn't a problem at all, whilst it may be competition for me and my dojo I am pretty open minded to about this stuff and have no problem with good MA clubs opening up in my local area.
here lies my problem. He is claiming to be a 8th or 9th dan (can't remember which) in an art called judan Okinawan karate.
Now I am familiar with the main karate styles (I'm a shotokan practitioner but train in wado, goju and Shito ryu when I can) but am not clued up on the original Okinawan arts or even a lot of the more modern off shoots.
A google search brings up nothing on either the art or this person (a 9th dan should have some sort of internet presence I'd have thought). His clubs have no website either. No one I know has ever heard of him but he is Irish so maybe just moved here and he could be well respected at home?
basically is anyone familiar with this art or style?
I went to watch a class and I'll be honest he is crap. He said he doesn't do any kata "it's a waste of time"
i dont want to publish his name for a few reasons but will if I have to.
If he is a chancer I'll just wait till he gets found out but if he is genuine then I want to be training with him!