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Lucas Lepri
Lucas Lepri

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Last Name: Kronenberg
City: liverpool
State: NY
Country: USA
School: Tai Kai Jiu Jitsu

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1. Submitted by Junior on Monday October 10, 2011 7:47 PM
Mr. Kronenberg is one of the pioneers of Jiu Jitsu in Syracuse, NY but at the same time his school is full of unchecked ego. When he rolls with a student and the student gets the best of him suddenly his contact lenses start falling out of his eyes. Very business savvy but has horrible or should I said zero peoples (and Customer) skills. I had to hunt him down to get money that was owed to me. Hasn't compete since he was a brown belt. His notable students include: Walter Johnson (who left to start Inner Circle Jiu Jitsu), which by the way is a better teacher, Jason Eggleston, (who really came from a diffrent school), Marc Stevens (who can't defend a guillotine) and Daniel Covel (who was humiliated by Guyson Sa)

2. Submitted by BJJ Nomad on Tuesday October 18, 2011 2:19 PM
I've trained at literally dozens of different schools around the country because I travel for work. Since training is very important to me, where ever I go I find a BJJ or MMA school. Tai Kai is BY FAR the best place I have been. The facility is huge, the level of talent is on par or better than the biggest schools in the country. The instructors are all 100% legit. Just look at the facts: Tai Kai has several accomplished black and brown belts. There is no other school in CNY that can say that. Tai Kai has a legitimate Muay Thai Sifu. No other school can claim that. Tai Kai has the biggest facility in the entire Northeast. No other school can say that. Tai Kai has pro fighters winning MMA fights all the time. Not too many can say that. Only CNYMMA has a MMA program as succesful as Tai Kai. It is easy to talk trash on the internet. Just look at the facts. Look at the talent and facility at any other school in Syracuse and compair it to Tai Kai. It's not even close. I don't say that because I train there, I train there because of the reasons above. We all have choices and if you want to join the best BJJ shcool in CNY, the choice is very clear. Check it out for yourself.

3. Submitted by BJJ Nomad on Tuesday October 18, 2011 2:26 PM
Statements made by Juinor are completly not true. First, Walt Johnson was not "notable student". He taught the basics class and when he left it only got better. As for Dan Covel being "humiliated" by Guyson: Yes, he did loose the match but to say any competitor was "humiliated" in a BJJ match is very unsportsmanlike. As for Marc Stevens and his guillotene defense, he is VERY talented and has been winning every grappling competition he has entered recently. Juinor should be embarrased by his comments. They are not at all in keeping with the honor and dignity of the sport.

4. Submitted by ron hess on Saturday October 22, 2011 7:42 PM
ken is a great instructor & tai kai is a world class training facility. i live outside utica, ny so i don't get to tai kai as often as i would like but whenever i am lucky enough to get there, ken is welcoming & hospitable. great bunch of guys train there as well & i always get in a good workout. assistant instructors are also tremendous. all around great place!

5. Submitted by Jason Eggleston on Thursday October 27, 2011 11:44 PM
I started training Brazilliam Jiu Jitsu in 2001. And due to the love of the art, I trained in many different places, some with good instruction, bad credentials, good credentials, bad attitudes and total jerks. I met Ken in 2002 and started training with him after he gave me a free advice to get better at BJJ while I was deployed to Kuwait for a year. He did not have to do that for a chump like me. So to even see these discouraging comments is terrible. The good folks at Tai Kai has made this journey awesome for me. And if Kenny can do that for me, I am sure that he can do it for you! -Tiddies!!!!!

6. Submitted by Tony D. on Saturday October 29, 2011 11:18 AM
Ken is an awesome guy and runs a great program. I've been able to go there a few times for seminars as the school I train at primarily is considered a sister school, and the environment has been extremely hospitable and friendly. The facilities are huge and like nothing else we currently have in this area. Any instructor who can help produce a Black Belt like Len Sonia is without question legit, and without question worth training with. Junior should be embaressed by the comments that he made, whether you train at a rival school or not, Jiu Jitsu in itself is supposed to be one big family. To knock a fellow practitioner and/or instructor to satisfy a grudge being held, or in furtherance of a personal rivalry, is bush league and totally uncalled for.

7. Submitted by Dan B on Wednesday January 11, 2012 7:12 PM
I don't train at Tai Kai although I have attended a Marcelo seminar there and I can attest to the skills of the students there. They facility is huge and no other school has so many high ranking students there. Also, Guybson Sa won the worlds as a Brown belt and has won IBJJF comps as a black belt so losing to him is nothing to be embarrassed about especially when you are giving up around 50 pounds and close to a foot in height!!! If anyone thinks Marc Stevens is a push over visit his school in Watertown and call him out and good luck with that!

8. Submitted by Michael M on Thursday February 2, 2012 11:09 PM
Tai Kai is a second home to me. I've trained out of tai kai 5 days a week minimum for the last 5 years. Ken is an outstanding bjj practitioner and even more outstanding teacher. He has produced an elite training facility where all levels receive specialized instruction that matches their level. Furthermore he is always reaching out to the biggest names in the industry such as marcelo garcia, the gracie family, phil migliarese, and more to put on seminars. I was helped through the basics when just starting out, and they've pushed my knowledge and skills further and further all the way through my pro mma debut. The facilities are second to none, the teachers are second to none, and the level of competitors are absolutely elite. Somehow, despite all of this, it is still welcoming to newcomers and veterans alike. On top of all of this, they have a true Muay Thai Sifu, an extremely skilled dedicated boxing program,a judo champion, a specialized MMA program, collegiate wrestling instruction and more! It truly is an amazing place. Anyone that could find fault clearly showed up once or twice expecting to be a UFC champion, found out there's more to the sport than backyard tough guy competitions and ran back to spend more time on sherdog forums. In all the time I've been at tai kai ken has been nothing but a great teacher and competitor, rolling with him is always an honor and a learning experience. Come in and see for yourself, the results speak for themselves.

9. Submitted by Scott on Tuesday May 22, 2012 5:41 PM
The guy who is under the name Junior and keeps telling mistruths about the people at Tai Kai is Len Hamilton of Inner Circle. Ken runs a great school. It is unfortunate that he goes under several names online to spread mistruths, which is against the teachings of martial arts.

10. Submitted by Tool Driver on Wednesday February 12, 2014 12:08 PM
This guy is a tool. Look at him...I wouldnt train under him if he was the only one offering bjj in liverpool ny. But he's not! There's a much beter school the Pacific Health Club. You should check it out if you are in the area.

11. Submitted by Cr on Wednesday February 12, 2014 12:35 PM
^ these kind of comments only make you and your gym look stupid. It's pretty obvious what you're trying to do and there is no place for it in Bjj.

12. Submitted by Tool Driver on Wednesday February 12, 2014 1:17 PM
Im trying to send peeps to a better training facility. In my opinion they have better instructors like John Fitch. Their facility is larger... and more advanced.

13. Submitted by TonyDojoOne on Wednesday February 12, 2014 1:50 PM
Or... or..... heres an idea. You could grow up, learn some respect and let people make their own decision on where is best for them to train. Rather than behave like a Junior High Schooler and bring negativity to the school youre trying to promote in the process. A Relson Gracie black belt doesnt just get handed out to strokers, Ken has one and on top of being the top instructor in our area, carries himself professionally. You could learn something from that clearly.

14. Submitted by Cr on Wednesday February 12, 2014 2:26 PM
I placed a phone ca to the manager at the club referenced by Tool Driver. He agreed that it makes their school look bad and the comments embarrassed him. He promised me that he would do his best to figure out who made to comment and he would remove them from the program.

15. Submitted by Tool Driver on Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:19 PM
And its official...let the crying begin

16. Submitted by Tool Driver on Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:38 PM

17. Submitted by TonyDojoOne on Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:45 PM
Good for you Tool Driver. Now just do a good job of hiding who you are like a good little computer toughguy and they'll let you keep training there lol.

18. Submitted by Tool Driver on Wednesday February 12, 2014 5:00 PM
You'll recognize me. Im a woman.

19. Submitted by Lady Grappler on Thursday February 13, 2014 2:39 PM
I too am a woman so I figured I'd add my two cents. I train and Tai Kai and I love it. It's always been a great school and recently it got even better when they fired Scott Schultz. I never felt comfortable in his classes or even just being around him. Tai Kai has always been a great school, now, with the staff they have, and Scott Schultz gone, it's way, way better. I don't know much about the other club mentioned, but I did hear Scott Schultz is now there which is reason enough for me to stay away.

20. Submitted by StopActingLikeChildren on Thursday February 13, 2014 5:00 PM
Lady Grappler, your comments are just as out of line as Todd Driver. You shouldn't be disrespectful like that, especially to someone who grew the school. How could you make such accusations and post a name? That shows very poorly on the school. No offense, but I have a feeling the Bidwells' are behind your comment. They have created more negativity for the school with the attitude that if you are not with us, you are against us. They feed on negativity and drama, and want the spot light on them. Also, all these comments hurt the school. Haven't you guys heard of don't feed the trolls? Everyone is acting like a child. Show some respect for the sport, don't create drama, and be an honest team player. Respect other BJJ practitioners from other schools. A positive attitude is infectious!

21. Submitted by Jimbo Steam on Thursday February 13, 2014 5:36 PM
Haha! I think we know who Tool Driver is now. Hi Scott. Seriously though, the place is way better with out you there. I agree with Lady on that! As for Bidwells, they have brought some really great things to the place. Mr.B teaches a really great class Mrs.b brings a ton of positive energy. It's a real shame you would do what you did Scott. You were always a joke, but you were our joke, so we lived with it. With out you there it's awesome. It appears the place you work now has hired some legit talent. As long as you're there, it will always be a poisonous place.

22. Submitted by Tool Driver on Thursday February 13, 2014 8:35 PM
Everyone knows Scott talks like a hippy. I am a woman with intelligence not some half baked guy. He doesnt even know how to get on the internet. It's more than evident that when one person disagree's with your opinion there are e-thugs that seem to hit the pages. LOLOLOL So there is no need to bust out the crayons girls....we're all pretty so place nicey nice.

23. Submitted by Tool Driver on Thursday February 13, 2014 8:36 PM

24. Submitted by Tool Driver on Thursday February 13, 2014 9:14 PM
Just stop being bullies over a difference in opinion. Scott is a great and dynamic coach and great innovator in the sport. You should be ashamed of putting someone down that brought great coaching to the area.

25. Submitted by ex student on Thursday February 13, 2014 10:51 PM
Bidwell's were a great contribution to my leaving. I can't believe the disrespect shown to a great coach. I wonder if that person "will be removed from their program?" No because this is what they breed. Everyone has and is allowed to their own opinions and should be allowed a voice without people attacking like animal's. Very happy across the street and thank you Scott for great coaching.

26. Submitted by Jumbo Steam on Thursday February 13, 2014 11:23 PM
Scott was not a good coach at all and tai Kai us better with out him. That's a fact. He degrades any program he is a part of. This all started because some dick calling himself Tool Driver started shit. It was unprovoked, unnecessary. This is a review site. If you have a review, write it. If you want to start shit be a man and do it in person. If you want to hype your own gym, write a review about it. People like "tool driver" who is likely Scott Shultz, poison everything, even legit sites like this. Knock it off, grow the fuck up and mind your own business. If you have a positive or relevant comment, make it. If not, shut the fuck up.

27. Submitted by tool driver on Thursday February 13, 2014 11:43 PM
I gave my review. You guy's are nothing more then a bunch of thugs. This is what that gym breeds. Basically what this guy is saying is this is a review site only say positive thing's or I will beat you up. You give off negative energy and it is you that is poison. You have backed up all that I have said. Thank you

28. Submitted by Amanda E on Saturday February 15, 2014 2:34 PM
Hi, all. Just to be clear: I am the only female currently in the BJJ program at Pacific that came from Tai Kai. I am not the one who did any of the former posts so it had to be a guy or someone who does not train anymore. I would like to say that I did have a pleasant experience at Tai Kai and I enjoyed learning from all of the instructors (that includes Ken, Sheena, Mike, and Scott). I think both schools have a lot to offer and I went with the one that worked best for me (it has a pool, seriously, that's it). I have never had an instructor make me feel uncomfortable and if they did, I would have spoken to them instead of posting angry rants anonymously. I hope everyone has a great time training no matter where you are and remembers that this art is about respect.

29. Submitted by Arabian Goggles on Saturday February 15, 2014 10:33 PM
Sensei Schultz is the reason why there is bjj in cny. Im sure of would have caught on eventually but Sensei Schultz had great forsight. Thank you Sensei Schultz...you were co founder of the old gym and now an innovator for the new one.

30. Submitted by Arabian Goggles on Saturday February 15, 2014 10:49 PM
Let me say again out of respect. Sensei Schultz is a great coach. Thank you for bringing bjj to cny.

31. Submitted by Jiu-Jitsu foreva on Sunday February 16, 2014 4:31 PM
I dont understand why all this beef here. As fas as I know Sensei Scott Schults doesn't even teach at Pacific Health Club anymore. Leave the guy alone and show some respect. The brazilian guy they brought in from Checkmat took over all the jiu-jitsu program. I heard Sensei Scott only teaches kids there twice a week and sometimes he does some of the brazilian guy's classes as a student only. My friend used to train at UA and took 2 classes with this new guy they brought, he said the only one that could get closer to his level was Rene and Rene is gone for good. So I guess its pointless to throw Sensei Scott under the bus if he is no longer teaching there!! Oss

32. Submitted by Jim The Hammer on Monday February 17, 2014 2:23 PM
If you all want to talk about Scott Schults why don't you start him his own thread. This is a site for reviews about gyms and instructors. Its not a place to hype or put down another gym or instructor. Who ever tool driver is obviously does not understand that, nor do the people who chimed in after. Typical internet bs I guess.

33. Submitted by http://www.tearsofawarrior.com on Sunday March 15, 2015 10:25 PM
The brief time I spent at Tai kai was great, I loved it, yeah some had more ego than others, but that happens every where in the work place, school, home, IN AN INFANTRY LINE PLATOON but when I was on the mat it didn't matter, through the pain of of having my ego checked or having a brown belt just see how long he could pin me to the mat with out tapping me, it was worth it, the only Instructor that counts is the one that is there for you, to teach you, to console you when your beyond frustrated, the one Instructor that does catch you crying, dosent say man up but ASKS WHY ARE YOU CRYING!!!!!! Im not going to try and deny that I never cried, after FALLUJAH, LOSING FRIENDS, LOSING FAMILY, DIVORCE, LAST BUT NOT LEAST.... LOSING MY PRIDE, I CRIED! point is that rolling on those mats, kicking and punching those pads, getting tapped or choked out, even getting punched out, made me forget about the outside world, where no matter what color belt you are..Life can suck!...in there on those mats was the next best thing to heaven be-grateful for the opportunity to have the camaraderie, and space to express yourself...BJJ FOREVER! SEMPER FI!

34. Submitted by Ben T on Thursday November 9, 2017 11:17 AM
The JEW-jitsu guy in Syracuse. You can pay a hefty fee or kiss his ass for payment. Everyone gets promoted according to their membership - not their skill. If your membership is up - you get promoted! If you suck but you've been there for 2 years - you get promoted! Or if you're a girl, you sleep around with a few of them and then you promoted. This sleazeball needs to worry about all the STD's in that place.

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