This guy is a seemingly respected black belt in an art I don't study, and operates a very small program in another town in Vermont. For a short time, I ran some BJJ classes out of the same facility he uses, and was gearing up for a sizable group of women who had expressed interest in the PDR training. Ultimately, I chose to give up the classes, however, due to my elbow surgery, the inconvenience of the distance involved in getting there, and that all too common Vermont cry of "I want to train, but I can't really afford it." (Usually said right after a trip to the local shopping center). In the end, I decided to focus on my school here in Lyndonville, instead.
Anyway, this guy is now bad-mouthing me, saying that I was trying to undermine the entire organization that he belongs to, and is spewing out more lies than a politician does on the day before elections!! I had a hearty laugh when he commented that I had left before he had to awaken his "inner beast." Nearly as hard as I laughed when he spoke of one of his students calling our BJJ class "lame" after attending a single session - a session in which this "advanced" student was unable to escape a beginner's level holddown on the ground. Perhaps the student's ego was hurt, and he told falsehoods to his instructor, to make himself feel better. Perhaps his instructor felt threatened that an instructor with far more extensive qualifications than himself had "intruded" into his area (some people are very possessive like that). I have a strong suspicion, based on this man's other comments, that perhaps I am simply the "instrument" by which he is protesting his organization's recent interest in Tony Blauer's PDR and SPEAR programs. He seems adamantly opposed to incorporating any outside training within his current curriculum, and seems to point a finger at me as the reason for his hostility. I think perhaps he is a fanatically-traditional martial artist whose mind is simply closed to the idea that the world changes, things evolve, and better ways are discovered. At this point, I am not sure, nor do I really even care.