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Dear Mr. Humm,


I appreciate you bringing this to my attention.


I read through the forum thread you sent me. I copied some of the post you made public on this forum about Mr Severe below.


These types of post concern me and I am curious what your intentions were posting these types of vulgar and harsh profanity towards Mr. Severe?


You asked about his behavior on this forum bullshido and I assume his behavior on the forum mirrors that of the forum from what I read. I’m not sure why you would say Mr. Severe is acting any differently on this forum than anyone else but I did not find any vulgar or use of profanity by Mr. Severe in his post towards anyone else.


I understand your frustration with asking Mr. Severe questions. However, Mr. Severe has stated more than a few times throughout the complete thread I read that he wasn’t answering questions out side the three questions he stated he would in his second post on this thread. You appear to be making accusations about Mr. Severe that are unfounded and not factual.


Have you ever met Mr. Severe? From my experience, he is a very gracious and benevolent man.


Where does your personal knowledge base of Mr. Severe’s character come from other than this forum?


Mr. Severe has been a student of mine for many years and when given a task or subject to study he always returns has excelled far beyond my expectations. His dedication and perseverance in the areas of law enforcement and security related skills are impressive.


I cannot find any lies or claims of Mr. Severe making to a black belt of any kind in any system on this forum and I don’t believe that he not being registered with an organization means he is lying or has fake ranking papers.


You (Mr. Humm) stated here, “At the end of the day the burden of proof always rested with Severe, he failed to deliver. Fact.” In my opinion I don’t feel anyone has to prove their ranking to anyone else if they are not teaching that system that the person is advertising they are teaching them. Mr. Severe does not teach judo and has not taught judo sense I have known him.


I also noticed you encouraged this judo testing by Mark Tripp. The judo instructor Mark Tripp made a type of challenge to Mr. Severe. Mr. Severe declined due to Mr Severe was not interested in judo sport sparring and I don’t see how this makes him a coward. To be perfectly honest with you I don’t feel it was a good idea either.


As for Mr. Severe training military personnel I don’t see the issue of Mr. Severe service in the US Marines for how ever long he served and this has nothing to do with his skill level in combative survival skills that Mr. Severe can help military personnel train or become more proficient.


As far as I know military personnel are not trained in detailed combative information unless they are part of a special group.


As far as this subject is concerned I feel this goes for law enforcement personnel too. I can address this subject because I am in law enforcement as well as been in the military too. I have been a full-time, salaried and comissioned peace officer for over the past eight years, and I also have two state level law enforcement instructor certifications. I have never known a better trainer/instructor than Mr. Severe. However, I do not mean any disrespect toward anyone. I have had some excellent instructors. Intellegent and passionate warriors. Mr. Severe is just in a class of its own.


Mr. Severe has received many Advance Instructor license from me when I was teaching law enforcement and security classes. I know he also has Instructor license from two other law enforcement schools but I don’t have that information in front of me to quote any of the titles.

With his Advance Instructor license, Mr. Severe has numerous certifications on law enforcement subjects and skills and to my records he has logged in right at 169 hours of classroom study to achieve these certifications.


Mr. Severe is a remarkable student an there is no one else I rather have next to my side in a life and death conflict.


I have personally train with Masaaki Hatsumi and Mr Severe and have seen the fondness Mr Hatsumi has for Mr Severe. Mr Hatsumi has called Mr Severe a “master technician”, “a genius”, “the best fighter in the Bujinkan”, and has made statement such as “if you wish to learn about fighting watch Mr Severe”, “if you watch Mr Severe you will see him living the movement, killing his opponent while doing the technique”, and Mr Severe come to Japan and beat up on the shidoshi”. These statements about Mr Severe might not mean anything to you but to me they are important because of the position Mr Hatsumi holds in Japan as a national treasure and the various awards, degrees, license, and understanding he has in life.


One last thing I would like to point out to you. Most of us in today’s social make up dream of doing the very things Mr Severe has been doing. Mr Severe has just about done nothing more in his life other than train for stress, conflicts and survival. When I say his life I mean for his whole Youth, Teen and Adult life. He has lived a dream of his doing what he enjoys when most of us go from day to day in the normal daily routine working for the man. A normal doctor goes to school to get his degree in 10 years. I have never heard of anyone obtaining a medical degree in under 10 years Dave but taken that into consideration Mr Severe has been doing what he does for over 40 plus years.


I believe from what you have stated as your brief experience and skills with the military you can respect and identify with the value of Mr. Severe’s dedication.


So his conduct on the forum is just about what I would expect from this type of forum and the back and forth chatter of egos rattling the cage from the youths and want to be out there in this world. So, no it is not abnormal to see such behavior on these types of forums.


Mr. Severe enjoys psychology, strategy, tactics and techniques of warfare and survival and in my opinion he is using this type of forum to study human behavior and to just blow off steam.


If you would like to contact me again regarding Mr. Severe’s behavior on the forum you are welcome.


Stay safe on the job. I wish peace, health, and happiness to you and your family.


Respectfully,


Kevin L. Gutierrez




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My response for the record.


Dear Mr, Gutierrez,


May I take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to reply to my earlier email.


I would like to address the concerns and comments you bring to my attention and hope that we may remain in dialogue. My comments are those in blue.


You appear to be making accusations about Mr. Severe that are unfounded and not factual.


Please be kind enough to be specific and I will be happy to address them directly.


Have you ever met Mr. Severe? From my experience, he is a very gracious and benevolent man.


I have never met Mr. Severe nor have I claimed too, his benevolence and graciousness as a human being are not issues of contention.


Where does your personal knowledge base of Mr. Severe’s character come from other than this forum?


I wasn’t aware that Mr. Severe’s character was specifically a point of contention other than from his behaviour through the forum. However, since you ask, I note that Mr. Severe’s online behaviour at bullshido.net is almost identical to his behaviour on other websites such as e-budo and MartialTalk (to name but two) This illustrates a consistency which is more than just casual.


Mr. Severe has been a student of mine for many years and when given a task or subject to study he always returns has excelled far beyond my expectations. His dedication and perseverance in the areas of law enforcement and security related skills are impressive.


Thank you for making that clear, it’s a shame Mr. Severe wasn’t prepared to clarify his abilities and or qualifications much earlier and in such a concise manner when questioned on those specific topics.


I cannot find any lies or claims of Mr. Severe making to a black belt of any kind in any system on this forum and I don’t believe that he not being registered with an organization means he is lying or has fake ranking papers.


With regards to the black belt issue, you’d be far better discussing this particular topic with Mark Tripp who is a renown US judoka, my specific interest with Mr. Severe rests with his military based knowledge.


In my opinion I don’t feel anyone has to prove their ranking to anyone else if they are not teaching that system that the person is advertising they are teaching them. Mr. Severe does not teach judo and has not taught judo sense I have known him.


The issue of Mr. Severe teaching (or not teaching) judo isn’t a point of contention and never has been, the issue is that Mr. Severe states quite clearly on his website in the public domain that he holds a black belt in Judo – Mr. Severe was asked to clarify this statement by a recognised Judo 6th dan and instructor – Mr. Severe chose not to discuss the subject which is his prerogative however, clarification was sought from the National Governing Bodies for Judo in the US and none of them have any record of Mr. Severe holding a Judo Black belt.


Of course that doesn’t, as you rightly suggest, preclude Mr. Severe from actually having a certificate for that grade, it merely clarifies as a point of fact as far as the NGB is concerned, that Mr. Severe’s supposed Black Belt grade isn’t worth the paper it may be printed on.


I also noticed you encouraged this judo testing by Mark Tripp. The judo instructor Mark Tripp made a type of challenge to Mr. Severe. Mr. Severe declined due to Mr Severe was not interested in judo sport sparring and I don’t see how this makes him a coward. To be perfectly honest with you I don’t feel it was a good idea either.


Why wouldn’t have that been a good idea ?


Let’s be quite clear, Mr. Severe may consider the offer of Mr. Tripp’s to be a “challenge” but it was nothing more than an offer of shiai or a randori practice – neither of which is anything more than a bit of competitive rolling to assess skill level. The FACT that Mr. Severe became ultra defensive making statements about personal harm and law suits was exactly the sort of retort expected from someone who couldn’t meet that standard of skill. This surprised me actually considering it is a matter of public knowledge that Mr. Severe has taken part in “challenges” before, I have seen one such video so I was somewhat bemused why Mr. Severe wouldn’t have been prepared to Meet Mr. Tripp.


As for Mr. Severe training military personnel I don’t see the issue of Mr. Severe service in the US Marines for however long he served and this has nothing to do with his skill level in combative survival skills that Mr. Severe can help military personnel train or become more proficient.


That is of course your opinion and I respect it however, I am a serving member of the armed forces, I have operated alongside armed forces of several nations (including the US) over protracted periods of times and in different locations – I have yet to see any evidence that Mr. Severe has any real world military skills which would be of any discernable use to military personnel. What I have seen plenty of is Live Action Role Play, LARPing does not equate to real world environments.


I have reviewed pretty much all of the video footage Mr. Severe has released concerning his Military material and whilst I will not comment on that actual physical quality of the instruction - which I feel would be unfair because I have not trained with Mr. Severe, what I can and will state emphatically is that none of it is particularly applicable to military personnel operating in current environments.


As far as I know military personnel are not trained in detailed combative information unless they are part of a special group.


What exactly do you mean by “combative information” because I find that phrase someone ambiguous. As a combat infantry solider everything I do and have trained for is combat orientated in one form or another and this training is very theatre specific.


If you’re referring to hand to hand skills, these just are not a priority in modern warfare, it’s a common misconception that being skilled in hand to hand combative skills is a requirement – because it simply isn’t. I’m not suggesting that being skilled in basic H2H isn’t advantageous but it’s not a pre-requisite or in fact a need.


If you’re referring to close quarter fighting with fixed bayonet, troops undergo training in these skills both a recruit level and through continuation as trained soldiers however, again, it has to be said that although fixing bayonets is still required when closing with the enemy, the actual occurrences of having to fight and kill your enemy in modern warfare in such ways is small compared to other far more effective methods and makes it almost unquantifiable. Much of today’s military doctrine is designed to keep troops from having to engage the enemy is such ways. Now, I’m not going to suggest fighting is such close proximity to one’s enemy doesn’t happen – because I know it does however, the necessity for troops to undergo additional training – such as suggested by Mr. Severe, isn’t required unless we find ourselves back in the 1900’s and the trench warfare of WW I.


With regard to your comment of “special groups” It is worth pointing out to you, that I am a member of one of the three branches of the armed forces which make up the UK Special Forces Support Group. However, I am not (for the record) a member of the UK’s SF.


One last thing I would like to point out to you. Most of us in today’s social make up dream of doing the very things Mr Severe has been doing. Mr Severe has just about done nothing more in his life other than train for stress, conflicts and survival. When I say his life I mean for his whole Youth, Teen and Adult life.


Mr. Gutirerrez, I feel you’re patronising me, are you trying to suggest that I might dream of doing the things Mr. Severe does? Please, I’d rather you didn’t make that assumption because it isn't correct.


He has lived a dream of his doing what he enjoys when most of us go from day to day in the normal daily routine working for the man. A normal doctor goes to school to get his degree in 10 years. I have never heard of anyone obtaining a medical degree in under 10 years Dave but taken that into consideration Mr Severe has been doing what he does for over 40 plus years.


What does a doctor or how one achieves those qualifications have to do with Mr. Severe ? The length of time Mr. Severe has been “doing what he does” isn’t and never has been a point of contention so I’m at a bit of a loss to understand why you mention it.


I have spent a considerable amount of my adult life doing the things I enjoy, including wearing a uniform and serving my country, what I’m not doing is making public claims through a website or, as perhaps you suggest, attempting to play mind games with people on the internet.


I believe from what you have stated as your brief experience and skills with the military you can respect and identify with the value of Mr. Severe’s dedication.


Again Mr. Gutierrez, are you intentionally patronising me with this statement? I’ve already publicly stated I do not see the value of what Mr. Severe teaches – his dedication isn’t an issue. But I’ll make the point again:


Has Mr. Severe any real world military operational experience?


Mr. Severe enjoys psychology, strategy, tactics and techniques of warfare and survival and in my opinion he is using this type of forum to study human behavior and to just blow off steam.


I must ask again, has Mr. Severe any real world military operational experience because, as I’ve already pointed out to Mr. Severe the “techniques of warfare” as you put it, have altered and developed radically in less than the last decade due to the nature of the operations being conducted by the nations involved in the ISAF – It doesn’t appear as if Mr. Severe has any knowledge of those “techniques” and this will be because he hasn’t operated within the Armed Forces (beyond 43 days) or served within those environments as a professional – This simply reinforces my earlier statement that Mr. Severe does not possess any discernable military skills appropriate to current military professionals.


If Mr. Severe wants to refute that point I’d be happy to see the evidence and, as you’ll have no doubt read in the threads in question I have openly, on more than one occasion offered to extend a public apology to him if he were to provide the information I requested, thus far he has not and I have no reason to suspect he will in the future.


With regards to Mr. Severe using the forum as a means of studying human behaviour, I find that somewhat laughable (no disrespect intended). As I mentioned earlier, Mr. Severe has previously frequented other online discussion resources and his conduct under similar questioning has been almost identical, are you going to suggest that he was using several other websites as study material when in fact his contributions to those websites were not a casual passing? You may or may not be surprised to learn that Mr. Severe received a permanent ban from one such website for his conduct.


As for blowing off steam, yes we all do that from time to time, myself included.

What do you think will ultimately come from all of this ? I can say with some certainty having conducted a number of lengthy investigations myself, the internet has a nasty habit of reminding people of their failings, Mr. Severe will be no exception to this. It is important to keep at the forefront of one’s mind that Mr. Severe himself resurrected a long forgotten and obscure thread which has actually a fair amount of positive things to say about his martial arts training. Had Mr. Severe not done this, we would not be emailing, with respect – your previous disciplinary matters with the New Mexico Police wouldn’t be a matter of further public knowledge.


Finally, whilst I accept your concerns over the use of profanity, if I were to list, as you have, all of the posts which gave me concerns with regard to Mr. Severe, the list would be considerably longer. Has he done this purposefully.. I don’t know and respectfully that isn’t a concern of mine. However, if he has, then said with respect, in my opinion Mr. Severe deserves whatever comes his way from the website.


With thanks for your time


Regards as always


Dave Humm




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