Showing posts with label texas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label texas. Show all posts

October 16, 2014

Knifemaker Jeff Crowner: Buyer Beware!!!

Buyer be ware... knife maker Jeff Crowner previously of Oregon, now living in Texas, is keen on ripping off customers!  If you are thinking of buying a custom made blade for your self or a loved one this holiday season I certainly would suggest you spend your money elsewhere.

I first spoke to Jeff nearly a year ago at the suggestion of my then Kali teacher Meynard, who claimed Jeff was an amazing craftsman whose blades were little known but some of the best he had seen.  So I reached out to Mr. Crowner in an effort to help promote and get some word out about his blades via my blog.  I explained I was a freelance writer who ran a blog and was working on a couple of articles for possible submission to various magazines and if possible I would like to somehow incorporate his blade work into said articles.  I told him I had never reviewed a blade before and he seemed genuinely excited about working together and even offered the opportunity to write for some online ezines and what not that he was involved with.  He also stated that he would have to charge me something and I said that was fine if he did not mind me paying it off in several payments.  No problem says he.  That was last fall.

Fast forward to June 20th of this year... after $300 of checks to Jeff had been cashed I was patiently waiting for my blade as he had told me he was sending the blade ASAP.  I get a random text stating "No way I am making a blade for you.  I will refund your money."

Naturally I tried to get ahold of him to ask if this meant for me and if so, why!?  But got no reply and to this day have no clue why he decided to back out of his side of the agreement.  But whatever, I gave him my address once more and waited for a check.

To save a long drawn out story, Jeff has yet to reimburse my money and it seems he has no intention to.  He has tried to slander me even getting to the point where lawyers were calling me and naturally when I explained they were being led on a wild goose chase they scoffed at the waste of time.  I have no clue what his problem is nor do I care any longer.  Buyer beware with Jeff Crowner and his collaborations.

Jeff's old site is still around but is most recent one Jeff Crowner blades states the account is suspended and it seems he is trying to erase his presence online.  Looks like he moved to Texas and now wants to hide how much of a rip off artist he is.  His previous number I have is 541-852-6039.  Buyer beware my kali and silat heads! 

July 21, 2014

Machado BJJ Coming to Austin

Jean Jacques Machado has two affiliates that are going to be offering Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Austin Texas very soon.  I have no open date yet, but here is Mark Armstrong and Todd White with a video promo which looks nice.  Always great to hear about Machado academies thriving and expanding.  Lucky Austin-ites!

June 24, 2014

RCJ Machado 2014 Summer Camp

It is rare that I say I wish I lived closer to Texas, but after Carlos Machado announced his curriculum for the 2014 RCJ Machado Summer Camp I wish I was within driving distance.  This camp will be an information intensive submersion into attacks, sweeps, and escapes over the period of two four day camps.

Week 1:  (JUL 7 to JUL 10) - 6:30-8:30AM
* Never miss another chance to finish!
Students will learn:
Day 1- Triangle Arm Bar Set Ups
Day 2- Shoulder lock and Choke Combos
Day 3- Cutter Choke/Arm Bar/Guillotine Combos
Day 4- Back Finish/Arm Triangle Combos

Week 2:  (JUL 14 TO JUL 17) -

* Make your guard impossible to pass, make yourself impossible to control!
Day 1- Butterfly Guard 101 – The Pro Game – Set up and Elevation Strategy
Day 2- De La Riva Torment- Make the guard a misery to others!
Day 3- Turtle Escape Wizard – How to turtle and overcome anyone who holds you down!
Day 4- Shrimp Kill Drill – Swim your way out of any side control!

That is over 16 hours of training with renowned red and black belt Carlos Machado, all this before you get to work in the AM (provided you live in the DFW area that is) and for under $600!!!  Not to be missed!!

For registration or more info please click here.   Or visit RCJ Machado Pro!