McDojo Alert: Self Defense School In Livermore, CA Posts Videos Of Reckless Training Routine


Jiu-Jitsu Times recently caught wind of a truly terrible video of a “jujitsu” class at a McDojo:

The McDojo calls itself Elite Self Defense and is in Livermore California.  Here’s their head instructor’s description from their website

“John Pfund 5th degree Black Belt, 40 years of experience

After being assaulted by a group of older children on a school playground, Sensei John Pfund entered the junior program of Amador Judo and Jujitsu school in January of 1978. Looking for revenge he quickly realized that Jujitsu was not about that, but about leading a happy and successful life instead.

He received his Shodan (first degree black belt) April 24, 1984, abd currently hold the rank of Godan 5th (5th degree black belt). Sensei Pfund has held numerous tournament titles including the prestigious AAU National championship. He has also studied and competed in MMA, Brazilian Jiujitsu, Tae Kwon Do, Shotolan Karate, Wrestling and Kodokan Judo. Sensei is certified in teaching impact weapons, defensive tactics and Alaskan Split Second Survival.”

In the short clip which was meant to be an advertisement, one witnesses two horrible, potentially injurious errors being made by youth students:

  1. The use of a low chopping movement with the wrist to block a kick
  2. A running, jumping guard pull

Many high level BJJ black belts have pointed out the hazards of jumping guard in training or competition.

If you or someone you know knows of a McDojo posting videos like this, please reach out to Jiu-Jitsu Times so we can do our part in exposing them.

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