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When it comes to karate masters who embody ever facet of the martial arts: it doesn’t get much better than Mr. Miyagi. Self control, discipline, and only wrecking someone’s s**t when they totally deserve it.

That kind of stern love, care, and dedication is what a true karate master must embody in order to become as respected and effective as Miyagi. Otherwise, you’re just another chump in a karate gi who’s trying to stroke their own ego and get a few kids from the neighborhood on your subscription plan.

But that hasn’t stopped deluded and self-proclaimed “karate masters” from going out into the world and convincing people their hot stuff. Trouble is, when it comes to fighting, it’s pretty clear to see in two seconds whether or not you’ve got skills. And these guys possess no skills whatsoever.

1. The “No touch” martial arts master tries his intimidating BS on an actual fighter and, well, it goes exactly like you’d expect.

This guy convinced people he could beat them only with the power of his mind – he’s a master of deflection who mastered the art of no one being able to hit him. Apparently, there’s at least one person in the world who can. Ryuken the “Psychic” bet Iwakura Goh $5,000 he would beat him in a fight using only his mind. He not only loses the fight, but the cash as well.

2. This Taekwondo Instructor who can’t even break a board.

Not only does he not break it – he ends up kicking in the air and hitting a girl in the head with it, making her cry. Yeah.

3. This Brazilian Jiu Jitsu “expert” who claims to have a black belt from a prestigious team gets called out by head instructor of that prestigious team.

The Jay Querioz saga is an interesting one. Jay was not only a whack martial artist, but a whack instructor and an absolute conman. Plus, I’d see that the second someone walked into a dojo with their black belt wrapped around their t-shirt and shorts.

4. This Fake Black Belt tried to train at a gym filled with UFC Champions.

There was a time when Blackhouse MMA guys pretty much ruled the UFC. Lyoto Machida, former Light Heavyweight Champ and Anderson Silva, former longtime Middleweight champion of the world, had insane sparring sessions there, along with former featherweight champion of the world Jose Aldo (who’s only ever lost two times in his career and is an absolute savage). And this guy thought it would be a great idea to pretend like he was a black belt at this gym where the best of the best train. Wonderful.

Ruben Alvarez the BJJ black belt, instructor, and competitor gives more context to the incident in a video below.

5. The Legit Karate Champion who made up a BS “no-touch” knockout.

George Dillman was a national karate 4 years in a row. He trained with Bruce Lee. He trained with Muhammad  Ali. He is a 10th degree black belt. The man is an amazing pioneer and karate legend in his own right. He might’ve gone a little loopy over time, however, because he had people convinced he could knock people out without even touching them. He couldn’t use his “Qi” power to knock anyone out on camera in front of a National Geographic camera team. He tried to explain his failure as best as he could.

 “The skeptic was a totally non-believer. Plus — I don’t know if I should say that on film — but if the guy had his tongue in the wrong position in the mouth, that can also nullify it [Qi power]. You can nullify it — you can nullify a lot of things. In fact, you can nullify it if you raise those two big toes! If I say I’m going to knock you out, and you raise one toe, and push one toe down… I can’t knock you out. And then, if I go to try again, you reverse it. If you keep doing this, I won’t knock you out.”




Gavin Spiering and Henry Thomas received their first degree Black Belts in Judo at Park’s Martial Arts Academy in Billings in March. Both are students at the Cody Martial Arts Academy.

At the annual promotional exam at Park’s Martial Arts Academy in Billings March 10, three competitors from Cody Martial Arts Academy received their first-degree black belts in judo. The three were Dan Latimer, Henry Thomas and Gavin Spiering.

Judo, translated as “the gentle way,” is a dynamic combat sport that requires physical power and mental discipline. All judo techniques are based on this concept of gentleness.

Latimer has also received his black belt in hapkido and taekwondo. Having achieved this honor in all three categories at Cody Martial Arts Academy, Latimer said he never imagined he would be able to accomplish this and it was a great feeling.

 “There’s always a little hint of anxiety when everyone lines up, but then they call you up to award your belt and a sense of accomplishment really hits you,” Latimer said. “I never thought that I would have been taking my black belt test in judo. That really contributed to my feeling of accomplishment because with some work and a lot of sweat, I earned what I never thought I could have or would have wanted.”

Henry Thomas, a fifth grader who earned his black belt in judo after about three years of instruction and training, said he is thrilled to finally reach this accomplishment and has learned a lot.

“I felt really good and happy and proud,” Thomas said. “I think that I did well enough to pass, but I did mess up on some things. Overall, it was difficult to get a black belt, but I had fun and made some friends while doing it.”

Fifth grader Gavin Spiering

also earned his black belt. He has been working toward it for the last three and a half years and said he was very happy to have achieved this goal because it was a nerve racking experience.

“I felt that I did a very good job, but I still believe there is room for improvement,” Spiering said. “I am going to continue judo in the future. I still find it very enjoyable to do and I would like to achieve second degree black belt as a goal. Also, I am going to start taekwondo, but I will still continue judo.”

Latimer has been working toward his black belt for the last two and a half years, when he started taking regular classes at Cody Martial Arts Academy. When he was younger, he had taken part in some seminars and weekend classes, but then he worked through the ranks as he started practicing regularly.

 “It’s been a pretty long journey, but it has always been a lot of fun and I have learned a lot,” Latimer said. “A piece of advice that I would give to anyone striving in martial arts is to always persevere. It is far from a fast or easy journey, but it is beyond rewarding.”

Spiering started judo when he was eight years old, and is planning on continuing it because he said he enjoys it so much. Spiering said he also has acquired a lot of new skills since being in judo that have made him more successful.

“I have learned to defend myself,” Spiering said. “Also, I can do a break-fall and not hurt myself if I fall. Another thing I have learned is to respect others in a kind way.”

Achieving a black belt rank in martial arts requires not only the hard work and determination of the martial artist, but also several seminars and tournaments. Latimer, Thomas and Spiering all had to participate in seminars to learn techniques and use these new techniques while competing in tournaments.

Since Latimer has achieved the “trifecta,” which is achieving a black belt in taekwondo, hapkido and judo, he is looking to open his own martial arts academy one day so he can teach what he has learned to others. Latimer said it feels a little strange having his black belt in these three disciplines, but it has been extremely rewarding.

“There’s the saying that ‘practice makes perfect,’ but I was taught that’s not really true,” Latimer said. “Proper practice makes perfect. That has always stuck with me, so the piece of advice would be to always give your training your all, push yourself to the limits and always try to improve.”


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