I don't know if you remember me, but I am one of sensi Bethoney's students. I received my ni-dan in May of 1993. Since then I have been training on and off. The first time I heard of ground fighting was when UFC was on t.v. I overheard you and Bob discussing it. If I recall correctly, you sounded worried about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Sensi Bethany had a different opinion. But I had to find out for myself because I had never seen anything like it. I found a school taught by Henzo Gracie's first cousin, Roberto Mia Last july. I know it was an excellent school because of the aura I felt when I first walked in. I was very confident in my fighting capabilities, or so I thought. I know for a fact that (except for a few) on the ground a purple belt in Jui-Jitsu would mop a dans ass up and down the matt. I found out the hard way!!! Im not putting down uechi-ryu . It is my first & only style.
But you have to keep your options open to new idies. Just like Mr. Campell (sorry if i spelled that wrong) If anyone
knows of Sensi Bethoneys school . Knows were not pussy's . I say this because
about 3 month ago i was training with
a purple belt & he broke my arm with an arm lock.I never got hurt like that in all my years of training .But instead
of it detouring me it showed how efective it was!!! He weighed 175 lbs & I weigh 255 lbs He played with me like a puppet!!!!!This week i recived
my blue belt. Whitch dont't mean crap.
Rank don't really matter . Being effective does . well its along road just like uechi- was but in the long
run It will be worth it. In dew time i
will be in the brockton do-jo incorporting what i learn.
p.s there not to good at stand up . thats
why they work a lot of take downs.
p.s.VANN yuor the man. chow