Complaint Review: Wujido
10635 Control Place
- Phone: (214) 340-8880
- Category: Yoga & Meditation classes
Wujido Inst. Dr. James Harkins Accused me of Gay Bashing Dallas Texas
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Some years ago I took the Kung Fu course at Wujido institute. It was expensive, yes Dr. Harkins did "push" a contract and yes there is something odd about him - at the time it was a one man operation but he often spoke of himself with the word "We". He was also easily irritated, made threats and warnings like - "I'll be watching how you are with the other students, if I think you think that your a tough guy, then you'll spar with me and you might as well make sure that your insurance is up to date, cause you'll go to the hospital." Now, truth is - I am a tough guy, but I wouldnt hurt an innocent person for the world especially a classmate so I thought his statements were not well placed, in that - there was no reason to say that to me.
Dr. Harkins had us keep a journal. He regularly ridiculed many of the things I wrote or drew. I couldnt do anything right with that book. He made fun of my job alot and did so in front of the other students. I wanted to defend my job but figured I should show him his respect. What I couldnt do was keep my face silent, everytime he said something about my job - my face would flinch. He would then use the look on my face as a pretext to spar with me to "keep me in line".
I said before that I am tough and I am. I have fought off three attackers without getting hurt. Dr. Harkins is much tougher than I and those on this website who imply that he is not a skilled martial artists are just not being honest about the man. He is skilled and he is tough. I can bench press 300 pounds but I could not out grapple him. I could likely avoid most of his strikes but I could not strike back. He is very good. But he is quirky. Odd. The thing I disliked about Dr. Harkins is that...he made me dislike martial arts, he gave it a bad taste - and I wanted to like it.
At his suggestion, we did street scenario role playing. Each person improvised a possible scenario and another would respond appropriately - either walking away or defending a strike. By the time it got to me the only unused scenario that came to mind was "Gay Bashing" - so thats what I used. I thought it was topical and appropriate. I assumed the role of a Gay basher. When I was done - Dr. Harkins told the class that I must really be a Gay basher. He called me over to spar and pretty much had his way with me and it was rough. I probably lasted 2 minutes before I was thrown on the ground. He slapped me in the face while I was on the ground and then gave everyone a speech about my poor conduct. Now from my perspective, I just participated in a role playing course and got beat up for it. He picked up my "journal" tore some pages out of it and said "Reading this was sad. I mean you are just a person who doesnt get it. This was sad." Now the journal was mine, why he tore pages out of it is beyond me.
After that - I was the example that he used whenever he wanted to show a painful move...and let me tell you there was always the underlining feeling that the man just didnt like me. It was terrible.
In the end, I got Pneumonia from my job and could no longer train at Wujido. I called him up and told him my medical condition, and asked if I could get out of the contract. He surprised me. He said, "I have known all along that you were sick. It's obvious for a trained eye. There is a sickness in you. If you want out out of the contract, pay me $500.00".
Oh, he also told me to take 1500 mgs of vitamin C. I paid to get out of the contract. I never went back. I have never looked at Kung Fu the same way again. I am not a Gay basher and I am not a person with a "sickness" nor am I someone who would hurt another person. And compelling me to keep a journal then at the same time making fun of my writing...man that hurt more than the slap in the face.
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