However, in the intervening time, something incredible happened, something I don't think I've ever read or seen happen when it comes to guys like this.
Titus Jansen made good.
Watch the entire video, and listen to his story.
Click here if you can't see the video.
Jansen loves the martial arts, and was lead astray into nonsensical Ashida Kim-derived ninjitsu, and yes, he was teaching, but he says - and I honestly believe him - that he never made a dime.
Jansen is the poster boy as to why we, as a martial arts community, have to make sure we do our best to publicize and call out the liars and frauds, so the guys like Jansen won't get taken in and scammed.
He just loves the martial arts. Nothing wrong with that. Nothing at all. This is the kind of guy we should try to help into our community. He's a bit of a LARPer, but there's lots of those that have legit skills too.
Unlike the Ashida Kims, the Thomas Daws, and other fakes and frauds in this world, this man has the fortitude to stand up, admit he's been taken in, and decide to do the right thing - pursue his love of the martial arts with a true teacher.
Titus Jansen deserves a hell of a lot of support, because coming out in a video the way he did takes an incredible amount of courage.
Bravo, sir. This is one of the bravest things I think I've witnessed.
I would be honored to play Arnis with you if the chance ever arises, Mr. Jansen.
Psst: Those of you out there that have ended up in the same place - take Mr. Jansen as your role model. You can actually redeem yourself. It's not too late.
UPDATE: Another video supporting Titus is right HERE. Do like and share it, thanks.