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The background to this dojo storm comes straight out of a movie script. It begins with Wayne Hunter, an athlete in his mid-20s. A former East Carolina University football player and great-nephew to famed baseball pitcher Jim “Catfish” Hunter, Wayne suffered injuries and could no longer play football. Then he found an instructor who had created his own Kung Fu, called Bak Mei (it means White Eyebrow).
“Basically, he took the most effective things of every style of kung fu and karate and put it into one form,” said Hunter to The Daily Advance. “It was the only kung fu designed specifically for street fighting.”
The sifu insisted that learning ground fighting was not necessary, and Hunter actually won his first fight! Then he lost the second one via rear naked choke. In his third fight, he faced one Derik Lipoli, and was stuck in bottom mount, obviously without a clue as to how to escape.
As you can hear on the video immediately below, as Hunter gets mounted, he has his arm loosely wrapped around Lipoli's head. At that moment, his sifu begins shouting over and over and over for Hunter to, "Choke him, choke him out."
Submitting an opponent from bottom mount can and has been done, most notably by Aleksei Oleinik, but doing so requires an absolute mastery of submissions. Calling for a beginning amateur to choke out an opponent from bottom mount is comedy, or perhaps tragedy.
Morrison Butler, the hugely-respected director of the KnuckleUp chain, can be heard on the video politely explaining that there is no choke in place, and it can't be done. Then the fight ends, and the Kung Fu coach goes ballistic.
"Kiss my a**," he curses at Butler. "You wanna go on the f***ing stage? ... How old are you, I'm 50. I'll f*** you up right now. C'mon go up there. Kiss my a** motherf***er."
"Fast forward 20 days after that silly discussion – Morrison receives a text message from Wayne Hunter saying his coach was going to come to KnuckleUp and prove to Morrison that grappling is not important. He was going to defeat Morrison without taking the fight to the ground.
"Nobody believed he’d actually show up, but yesterday (9/22) he showed up at KnuckleUp with an entourage of 15+ of his students, and his own timekeeper. After signing a waiver of liability, the coach decides NOT to use gloves and asks for ONE 15-min round. There would be no rules on the fight.
"One might think the coach overreacted, after all, it was a spur-of-the-moment discussion during a fight – but there’s much more underneath the surface.
"After Wayne’s beautiful debut at the AFL Fight To The Finish VI, he was quickly boosted to local celebrity status amongst the MMA community in the Outer Banks and was the main event at the Fight To The Finish VII in Elizabeth City.
"However, despite his ascending MMA career, Wayne has never had any grappling training and lacks basic ground skills. Wayne lost his past two matches due to his inability to defend himself from being taken down and dominated on the ground. But when he finally faced the need to learn jiu-jitsu and wrestling, his coach (the Kung Fu master in the video) would not allow it.
"For whatever reason, Wayne’s coach believed that grappling skills were not important for MMA. I don't think he’s so sure of it now."
At one point, one of the Kung Fu disciples, who their sifu intended to give a pointed lesson in the worthlessness of ground fighting, asks how long before the no rules fight is stood up. You cannot make this stuff up.
With No Rules, the master of street fighting Kung Fu checks literally all the boxes for an utterly hapless "martial" artist in an actual fight:
•Middleweight, that is to say, all the weight is in the middle;
•Hands down and chin up;
•Unable to defend low kicks, so smiles pretending it doesn't hurt, which is of course a clear way of signaling "OH OWWWWWW";
•Zero ground game;
•Lose ignominiously; and,
Wayne Hunter started training with an actual badass, founder of Dirty South Boxing Club, pro boxer, pro-MMA fighter, and now pro Bare Knuckle Boxer David Derby. Derby was once charged with assault with a deadly weapon after a man came at him in a bar; the deadly weapon was his fists. Hunter went on to have a respectable 7-9 amateur record.
As to the Kung Fu master, on the plus side, he managed to stretch his opponent's tank top. Unfortunately, he appears to have slunk away, and his current whereabouts is lost to history.