12.16.2008

MICKEY CHOI: REVISED PROFILE

Over the past week since posting Mickey's profile to the 'resident black-belts' section of BJJ-ASIA, there has been a tremendous amount of information against Mickey's accomplishments and status as a BJJ black-belt. While the majority of the comments made were by anonymous readers, I was able to receive confirmation from several individuals that have first-hand experience with Mickey. -Luke

GERALD HARRIS

http://www.slcbjj.com/machadoslc/
Gerald is one of the earliest writers to speak against Mickey from Machado-Utah. Here are a few excerpts from an e-mail I received from Gerald about Mickey.


Mickey was one of my best friends for quite a while. I honestly care a lot about the guy but he made a "business decision" (his words). And started to wear a black belt. He received his purple from Jeff Kunze before the PanAms in 2007....


A couple of weeks after the PanAms, Mickey had a very tough time . . . actually he was crushed in both the Gi and No-Gi competitions, Mickey went to Brazil and when he came back he was wearing a black belt. The rest of the story is in the post linked to from the blog address you sent me....

Mickey on the other hand just is not a black belt. He is not a Machado representative.


JOHN FRANKL

http://cafe.daum.net/jfbjj
I had the pleasure of meeting John when he was in Bangkok a few months back on business and took the opportunity to ask if he had met Mickey or knew of his new academy.


This guy did show up for a while. He is not good at all. He wore a white belt and performed like a white belt. A bit later he has his own school. Whatever.
...


DAVE JOHNSON

http://www.slcbjj.com/machadoslc/
taken from comments section of BJJ-ASIA:

I am in full agreement with Gerald. He and I trained with Dave Hagon and Mickey. Mickey is a purple belt, he left for brazil and was there for 15 days then came back saying he was a black belt under eduardo telles (which is a lie and telles confirmed it was a lie at a local tournament here). Mickey is not a legitimate black belt...he promoted himself as far as we can tell..as for the national championship..its my understanding there was 1 other guy..and he didnt show. He has trained under Rob Handley, Jeff Kunze, and both of them will tell you that he is not a black belt...barely even a purple if that. Mickey has a rough day ahead if he ever enters utah again. in fact..the machado utah team will involve attorneys if mickey ever again claims to be affiliated in any way with us. He is not legitimate in any way.

AARON HUNTSMAN

www.lehijudo.com

To whom it may concern,

My name is Aaron Huntsman head of Lehi Judo Club in Lehi, Utah. I want to set the record straight regarding Mickey Choi. It has come to my attention that Mickey is claiming to have a black belt in Judo from our club. This is completely false.

Mickey trained with us for a few months this year (2008) but never received any rank from our club. As far as we are concerned, he is still a white belt, novice competitor in Judo. I considered him a friend, but I cannot allow him to use the reputation of our school to misrepresent others. If you have any questions or need specific information, feel free to contact me.

Regards,
Aaron Huntsman
Lehi Judo Club

46 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is this the first documented case of a phony operating in our region? Really sad to see. How the did he beat Camacho? Camacho is a good grappler and a very active competitor.

Anonymous said...

why is he still listed under "Korea?"
shouldn't he be "de-listed" from your website, Luke?

Gerald Harris said...

He never beat Camacho. Camacho was a no show,

LUKE said...

Anonymous #2,

I have thought about taking Mickey's link off the site. Of course I don't want to support a fraud but I also don't want to erase what has been said and thought it could be another online record of his deception. With everyone coming together to speak against him, there is more out there for people to find when looking for BJJ schools in Korea. Perhaps I could write 'fake bb' alongside the title.

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Anonymous said...

Choi Mickey's judo creds are bullshit too:

From Mickey's Judo Instructor:

www.lehijudo.com

To whom it may concern,

My name is Aaron Huntsman head of Lehi Judo Club in Lehi, Utah. I want to set the record straight regarding Mickey Choi. It has come to my attention that Mickey is claiming to have a black belt in Judo from our club. This is completely false.

Mickey trained with us for a few months this year (2008) but never received any rank from our club. As far as we are concerned, he is still a white belt, novice competitor in Judo. I considered him a friend, but I cannot allow him to use the reputation of our school to misrepresent others. If you have any questions or need specific information, feel free to contact me.

Regards,
Aaron Huntsman
Lehi Judo Club

Gerald Harris said...

I wanted to touch on a couple of issues:

#1: Luke, thank you so very much for bringing this to my attention.

#2: I am ashamed for my part in allowing Mickey to push this fraud as far as he has. Or at least what might have appeared to be my part in it when I incorrectly assumed that Mickey would understand that what he did was wrong and ultimately drop his claim. My naivete has allowed him to defraud more and more people. And as pissed off as I am at Mickey for the insault he has thrown at the feet of Jiu-Jitsu in general and Machado Jiu-Jitsu specifically, I am equally or perhaps even more upset by the fact that I could have prevented much of the harm he has caused those people who have looked to him as their instructor.

I want to apologize to those students and apologize to you, the MA community, for not taking a hard enough stand in this matter. And I want to make it known that the soft approach has ended. We have 4 Machado black belts here in Utah and we are not going to let this fraud continue any longer. We are making sure we cross our legal T's and dot the judicial I's but we are acting.

#3: I also want to reach out to Mickey's defrauded students. If you are one of them, and yes I will demand proof, please contact me at [EMAIL="geraldharris1@hotmail.com"]geraldharris1@hotmail.com [/EMAIL]. I want to make sure you understand what Machado Jiu-Jitsu is and that we really are a family. We all know that the rank you have worked for, and paid good money to Mickey for, won't be recognized by any legitimate organization. I want to try to find a way to make sure you aren't left out in the cold. What that means right now I don't really know. I'll work with the other Machado black belts here in Utah to figure it out.

eclipseg3 said...

he trained at the gym with us at apgujeong and well he was a white belt with the skills of that. he is light and skinny enough to bounce around and that made it harder to hold him. i rolled with him a few times and he was sorry, oh and dont ever do drills with him. you get nothing out of it if you drill with him. if you look at his video of him rolling as a black belt against another black belt i guess its total white belt level. oh and he was no gi with the other guy in a gi. those comments in the background made me laugh so hard. im sorry for all the students that paid money and trained under him

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