Personal Stories & Routines, In-Field Demos, and In-Field Coaching.
Toan, Chicago Bootcamp (with infield)
J-Dog trained and coached me at Mystery’s Chicago Bootcamp 2007. Among the instructors, most of whom I interacted with and went in field with, he was the most accessible and personal, not to mention he was the only one who completely volunteered without profit.
Things that set J-Dog apart from other instructors:
1) Very personal in field: He watches you closely, and gives you great courage in field. Remembering the time when he was leaning back at the bar with a girl on his side, and telling me how I am doing in sets already pumps me up. Having him as a wing is powerful, and inspirational!
2) Very personal in training: Justin trained us in a group on story-telling. Each of us got to tell our drafts, then he’ll help edit it, and then each gets to deliver it again. I got two stories out of the session, and more importantly, I understand the principles of storytelling deeply. At the end of the bootcamp he gave a lecture on fashion/grooming and NLP, two areas in which he is an expert. It’s amazing how this multi-million-dollar engineer can have such a depth and breath in fashion, and also has a certificate in NLP practice.
Over all, among all the people at the bootcamp, both my wingman and I find the most connection with J-Dog. He is a star, but first, he is your friend. That’s what we felt after the three days.
3) Intellectual: Most instructors, even the big stars, state facts and use sciences without proper justification. In some way it makes sarging a semi-religion rather than a science, and most people cannot fully believe something until they understand it deeply. J-Dog instead tells us the deep science behinds the routines, the structure, and gives us a long list of books to read. These will be amazing for comfort building. Thank you for treating us like intelligent students, J-Dog.
4) Humble: very few successful people and PUAs are as humble as Justin. He makes you feel at an equal level when you interact with him, and thus make you very comfortable. I think it is very important to be able to get rid of your ego when you are learning as a student, and a teacher who can help a student be ego-less is very rare to find in this community. Besides, modesty is something I have learnt from just being with Justin.
5) Inspiration: I have mentioned this before, but I cannot help but reiterate how inspirational it is to know J Dog. Before I always believed turning 30 is old, and I even thinking turning 23 is sad… Until I know this guy: at the age of 35, he is way more successful with women then he was at my age. A once 5″7′ nerdy engineer has transformed into this amazingly deep personality. Seeing the picture of his 19 year old girl friend just amazes me, and inspires me to live on with a strong faith in the future. Seriously, each time I get flaked on or turned down by a girl, I can just think of J Dog as an example and positivity will fill the whole all over again, and my wingman and I are both ready to sarge.
Sarge on! Thank you J Dog.
“He helped me with my anxiety” ~ Spoon (Stephen Poon), contestant on VH1’s The Pickup Artist.
“It got me out of that needy mindset.” ~ Phoenix Workshop
Spoon was the first contestant on the hit VH1 television show, “The Pickup Artist.” During the show Spoon was suffering from too much social anxiety to continue, and ended up being the first person to leave the show, by volunteering himself for elimination. JDOG made spoon a promise that once the show was over, and in a better coaching environment
JDOG would personally coach him through his anxiety. Once the show was over JDOG fulfilled his promise, spending several weeks hanging out with spoon in LA, and becoming close real life friends in the process.
Student had been to some other bootcamp, but was coming off to women as contrived, and too routines based. He experienced a shift in his beliefs allowing him to connect with women and have more natural interactions.
Spillz, Toronto Bootcamp (Coaching with infield)
“JDog’s charisma and charm was totally uplifting, and just by hanging with the guy I felt inspired to open as many sets as I could.”
CrimsonKing, Toronto Bootcamp (Coaching with infield)
“I only got to see him do a couple of sets, but the ones I saw were throwing IOIs like mad! And seeing him tool an aggressive AMOG was absolutely hilarious. He has the presence of a rock star. You feel cool just being near him.”
“One of the BEST things I’ve done in my WHOLE LIFE!” ~ Phoenix Workshop
“Supportive environment!” This gentleman was apprehensive to come to the event, and had suffered from social anxiety in the past.
“Taking this was one of the best things I’ve ever done in my whole life!” …words from someone who had previously only read books on the subject.
Swings Wide, Phoenix Arizona Bootcamp
“I just wanted to thank you again for having J-Dog at the Seminar in Phoenix. His comments as an instructor were invaluable as far as taking it past a game and really showed that there is a side to this that really superceeds the pick-up, but actually can pertain to ALL interaction and how to communicate who you really are as a person and you can be a good guy and don’t have to be all alpha-like. He was a great listener and I felt like he really was there for you, and took the time to understand who you are, where you wanted to go, and was able to communicate how to help.
The fact that he is the head of Arizona PUA was also great, as it was a great contact to keep me going after the weekend. Also, as Arizona PUA, this tells me that he does this because he really likes to help guys with things that might be holding them back from the relatiionships that they want. Feel free to use this as a testimonial.”
Obie’s, Las Vegas (Coaching and Infield)
“Jdog… man is this guy ever cool. He has such a relaxed, laid-back, playful style, it was great watching him do his thing. I had a bit of a problem being relaxed and playful, seeing Jdog do his thing really painted me a good mental picture of what a relaxed, fun, super-playful interaction looks like.”
“Different to everything else!” ~ Phoenix Workshop
“As a beginner he took the time to help me.” ~ Phoenix Workshop
“This is a little bit different to everything else, and more of what I’m looking for.”
Listen to the perspective of someone who was completely new to this kind of experience. The idea about learning how to improve your success with women was a new concept.
Vernon, Toronto Bootcamp
“I found that I was able to really identify with JDog. He was the polar opposite of Matador, which made for a great Workshop. They were like Gin & Tonic. By themselves, they are okay, but together, they are spectacular. This may have been a poor example since I enjoy Gin about as much as I enjoy Buckley’s cough syrup, but you get the point.
Appearance: JDog has style. The man can dress. Every time that I saw him, I was like, “Whoa, brother, where did you get that?” He would look down at his jacket or shirt and say in his English accent, “Britain, and it was only 30 pounds (currency, not weight, for those of you that are living out in the ‘sticks’ and finally have discovered an Internet connection).” He probably bought the goods at the boutique next door…*wink* His build is not at all like Matador’s. He stands at perhaps 5’9”, with the same Neil Armstrong boots or Cuban heels on his feet. He is in great shape, but his body resembles a Calvin Klein model’s rather than a WWE wrestler’s like Matador’s. When in the bars/clubs, unlike Matador, who did no ‘peacocking’, JDog would be moderately peacocked. He kept his same sense of style, but vamped it up just enough to separate himself from everyone else in the venue.
Demeanor: JDog’s game is all charisma. His style is very different than Matador’s, yet they used the same technology to open and hold sets. This is what makes the Venusian Arts so amazing, it does not matter what your natural style is, as long as you are hitting the necessary Attraction Switches, the set is on. Matador and JDog, on the 2nd night out, were locking in sets side-by-side, using the SAME openers and having the kind of success that up until those moments I had only read about.
The students responded well to JDog. This was evident when Matador left the room and handed JDog the reigns to teach the group. Almost immediately the guys starting asking JDog questions. It was obvious that people feel instantaneously comfortable around JDog, where Matador had to show the group that he was not born on Krypton before they would relax with him.
When I asked JDog about where he was from, he told me ‘Arizona’ and that he had purchased his English accent from eBay. He continued to tell me that he really wanted the French accent, but was outbid at the last moment and had to settle for the English. This is who JDog is, a likeable, disarming man with a great sense of style and wicked game. Witnessing him in set were some of the best moments of my weekend. On the 2nd night, I told JDog that I wanted to watch him work. While I was not paired with him, JDog was good enough to seek me out and start opening sets for me. He did everything right. He was like Iceman from Top Gun. No mistakes. Perfectly calibrated. Unless, of course, you include the part of the movie when Iceman leaves some jet-wash for Goose and Maverick to fly through and Goose dies…You get the point, this guy has spent years honing his skill-set and it was evident.
Students worked very well with JDog one-on-one. If JDog had been the only instructor at the Workshop, I still would have paid the money and felt as though I was undercharged for what I received.
JDog’s AMOG: When JDog was in a 2-set with CrimsonKing (a student) as his wing, an AMOG interrupted the set. This guy was not your normal obnoxious AMOG, he was the Grand Pubba of AMOGs. He may have even been wearing his Grand Pubba hat when he came to the club, as there was definitely a hint of hat-head in the AMOGs greasy hair.
JDog handled this guy like how Star Jones handles a pizza. He chewed him up and sent him on his sullen way. How did he do it? Well, in the beginning he just totally ignored the guy. Each time Grand Pubba AMOG would try to take over the conversation, JDog would say ‘right’ and continue on in his set. This tactic will usually diffuse the AMOG, but instead, it just made the grease ball attempt to interject even more. Finally, the AMOG grabbed JDog and said, “Dude, are you gay?” At this point, everyone was watching, not just the girls in the set.
JDog’s response: “No man, but the gay bar is just down the street. Have fun.”
Everyone laughed, not just a snicker, but a loud, explosive laugh. It was beautiful. The AMOG then did his own version of a magic trick; he disappeared to another part of the club. JDog just continued the set as though nothing had happened. This was an area that I really needed help in, so being able to witness someone that is this skilled handle the President-Elect of AMOGs was great.
Hotel Room Pull: After we arrived back at the hotel on the 2nd night, JDog, Matador and I were outside. There was a 2-set that was smoking about 20 feet away from us. Matador opened the set, JDog entered as a wing, and after a 15 minute convo, they pulled the 2 girls upstairs to their room. As Matador opened the front door for the girls to head upstairs, he flashed me a quick smile and off they went. Spectacular.
On the Saturday night, Mystery and JDog didn’t even eat (Matador ate…pasta with clams…perhaps some foreshadowing of events to come later that night). They stayed with us until 10pm on both nights, at which point we gathered our things and began getting ready for the club. On the Sunday night, we were to conclude at 7pm, with the instructors catching flights back home on Monday morning. They stayed with us until 1:00am, in the classroom, working on our inner game.
It was the single greatest display of leadership and caring that they could have given us. They were EXHAUSTED. It was like he was having an allergic reaction to oxygen. But he stayed with us. These are dedicated guys that want nothing more than to help improve the lives of people who are willing to learn. We all were very appreciative of their gesture to keep teaching long past the times that we had agreed to before the Workshop began.”