Member Since: 08/31/2002
Here's a little background: A little over a year ago, the following letter was posted as Robson's "credentials" on the Rat Pack Fighting Systems site:
January 30th 2006
To whom it may concern;
It has come to our attention that certain individuals are questioning the legitmacy of the black belt rank of one of the members of our association, Mr. Robson Pereira.
Please be advised that Mr. Pereira was awarded a black belt in brazilian jiu jitsu prior to moving to this country in 1995, from Mr. Maurice Sakata of Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he trained and competed for 10 years and we give full recognition to his belt and rank.
He and the academy at which his is currently instructing, Rat Pack Fighting Systems of Palmerton, PA, are now members of the Marcos Santos/Rigan Machado association through which Mr. Pereira was recently awarded his second degree black belt.
Any further questions may be directed to The Blitz Center...
Very truly yours,
Rigan Machado Marcos Santos
The scanned letter was printed on Blitz Center letterhead and bore the signatures of both Rigan and Marcos; the Blitz Center is where Marcos teaches. As you can see, the letter clearly states, "Any further questions may be directed to The Blitz Center..."; the Blitz Center phone no. was on the letterhead. Well, since no one had heard of Maurice Sakata, I decided to phone Marcos and ask about him. Marcos was very evasive, kept asking what I wanted, and I had to keep telling him--as if explaining something to a dull-witted child--that since he and Rigan had signed a letter recognizing the rank conferred by Maurice Sakata, and that since the letter clearly stated to direct questions to The Blitz Center, that that was exactly what I was doing. I explained that a lot of people had never heard of Sakata and doubted that he even existed, and that it would help clear things up if I could find out a little more about Sakata--get contact info on him, find out who gave him his black belt, etc. Marcos got upset, blurted that he didn't know Sakata, but that Grandmaster Mansor did, said that if he and Rigan said that Robson was a black belt that that made him one, and told me to go fuck myself.
I later phoned Grandmaster Mansor and asked him if he knew Maurice Sakata, and he said that he didn't. I once again phoned Blitz Center, spoke to the lady who answers the phone, asked for Rigan's phone no., and was told that she couldn't divulge that information.
So, bjjprim8, the ball is in your court now. Since you say you know Marcos and Rigan and will be talking with them soon, ask them about the letter they signed recognizing Robson's original black belt awarded by Maurice Sakata. Ask them why there is nothing about Sakata on Robson's web site now. Since the letter was taken off the Rat Pack site when Robson left the Rat Pack, ask Rigan and Marcos why they haven't composed and signed another letter recognizing Robson's original black belt granted by Sakata so that Robson can put that up on his site. Ask them what year Robson was the Brazilian Nationals winner in Rio de Janeiro. We eagerly await your reply...
I tape recorded my conversation with Mansor and sent a cassette of that conversation to Marcos. Ask him to play it for you.
"Robson was promoted to third degree by Mansur according to you, correct?"
Not according to me--according to the MMA in PA news link I posted.
"Well how can Rigan strip him of his rank if he didn't just promote Robson, Mansur did?"
Rigan can strip him of the second degree conferred by Rigan and Marcos on the grounds that there's no evidence that Robson got a black belt from "Maurice Sakata" to begin with. If Rigan was duped by the Maurice Sakata business, he damned well ought to want to revoke rank predicated on the Maurice Sakata business--and kick Robson's ass for duping him. Now if Robson is under Marcos and Rigan, why the hell is Mansor awarding him his third degree and not Marcos and Rigan? Print the MMA in PA item, show it to Marcos and Rigan, and ask them what the hell is going on.
"Your friend a nome de plume for yourself..."
My friend thought this was very funny.
"The Karma merry go round is a bitch..."
It sure as hell is.
On the 4th of every month for the next six months, I'll bump this thread up for you. Let's hope Rigan has the sense of a horse that knows enough to run out of a burning barn.
"...Rigan honestly doesn't care."
I believe you're right. I believe he's so full of hubris that he thinks he can't be held accountable for anything.
It sounds like you're getting cold feet here. If Rigan is that approachable, surely he wouldn't mind if a student in his association or a friend clued him in on what is being discussed on the internet. Since Rigan signed a letter recognizing the black belt supposedly conferred on Robson by Maurice Sakata, Rigan should be able to tell you something about Maurice Sakata. If Robson is stating on his web site that he won the "Brazilian Nationals," Rigan ought to be able to tell you what year that was.
If Rigan and Marcos had been a little smarter about this scam, they could have simply stated that since there was a problem verifying Robson's credentials, they were going to roll with him and assess his abilities. They could have then made him a black belt and after an appropriate time interval awarded the second degree. But no, they "recognized" an unsubstantiated BB awarded by an unsubstantiated "Maurice Sakata," and on the basis of that gave the supposedly injured Robson a second degree, conferring upon him the ability to award rank at his own school. And if Robson is a con artist who has the ability to award rank, he just might be the kind of person who would stoop to selling rank as well.
Robson Pereira is a metastasizing cancer that needs to be irradiated from BJJ.