Discussion in 'The NewsRoom' started by kumite, Sep 22, 2009.
Found this posted on another website:
I'm very interested in how this turns out.
He can still teach TKD.
I saw some announcements on webforums, however as of right now see NOTHING on the official forum http://judoforum.com/index.php?showforum=25 or official website http://www.usja-judo.org/. Or, did I miss it?
I could not find it. I even looked under suspended members: http://www.usja-judo.org/Expelled/expelled.htm
No mention of him.
It won't show up on the site for a few days as the person who administers the database is on vacation. What the OP had posted was posted on another site by one of the people closely involved with the case. My sensei told me what happened with it as he is on the USJA board of directors and had vote for the suspension and stripping of rank.
EDIT:Here's the same post on judo forum.
The owner of the forum is the person who's certs Matt may have used to obtain a 2nd Dan from the USJA.
By the way, thanks for revisiting the rule Bob.
While we don't want witch hunts, it's also nice to have honesty and less bogus ranks.
I've never understood why people would 'pad the stats'.
Ok, I'm missing something. I think I came in at the end of the last act. Can someone please fill me in?
Matt Morton was suspected of falsifying rank, certificates, etc. An investigation was done done by various sources which apparently deemed all or most of his claims to be false. The USJA did their own investigation and announced the information in the OP. Right now it's only on their forum in an investigation thread. I'm waiting on an official notice to be posted on their main website or official forum as indicated in the OP.
The United States Judo Association has officially announced the suspension of Matt Morton as indicated in the OP. As a result his MartialTalk.com membership has been revoked.
Is Matts revoked MT membership permanent, or only as long as his suspension is in effect?
I would personally like to see him reapply to MT - his contributions could be interesting if he truly wants to progress in a legitimate manner.
At the moment, permanent. We have however in a very few cases reversed bans as circumstances change. So, if in the future he's considered an upstanding member of the martial arts community again, we may reconsider. We don't have anything against the guy personally, and to my knowledge he never did anything against us. Our whole goal with all of our policies is to be as humanly fair as we can be.
Seems like a temporary ban would be more suitable. That way, he can come back and explain himself at the very least. Martial arts, in my limited experience, is about honor and ethics. And while Mr. Morton showed a complete lack of that, we should leave the door open for empathy and forgivness on our part. Would'nt that be the honorable thing to do? What if he learns his lesson and gets proper credentials? Makes amends?
I believe Bob already addressed this.
I think this is fair. I hope Mr. Morton goes and gets his legitimate certifications and does become an upstanding member of the MA community. He has a long road a head of him.
I would agree, I would also like to ask one simple question: When did MT become a place for Martial Artist, I thought anybody could join and be a member here even if they have no MA background? I am not trying to rock the boat but what does ethics have to do with being a member? We have alot of people who is unethical to some degree?
Like I said it would be great to hear his version as to why he went this route?
We welcome non-martial artists, beginners and masters alike. What this is aimed at is the guy claiming to be something he isn't, the scamist, etc. while protecting our members from them. 99% of people signing up here won't be effected or fall under this.
Or so we hope . . .
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