Kelly flew out to San Francisco in Dec 2013 and met with TAD gear (Tripple Aught Design apparel) and Rift Recon. TAD was launching there new CORE training program at their new SF location. Kelly spoke with Brett (TAD owner) and Eric of Rift Recon about designing a new fresh class for the first class at launch. Kelly designed a new course. An urban bug/ survival course. Kelly provided the IP (class content, PPT’s etc) and agreed to teach the first 2 classes himself. Kelly did travel to SF and personally teach both classes. One in January and one in February. Kelly trained the Rift Recon crew how to set up the class and run it.
After returning home Kelly was informed by formal letter that Rift Recon would be teaching the class without Kelly’s consent or involvement or compensation. Rift Recon also stated that they would continue to use the Art of Escape name as well. Rift Recon did acknowledge that the IP (actual class content) did belong to Kelly. The letter from Rift Recon stated that Rift Recon would not use any of the original content that Kelly provided. However, Rift Recon is using the same course description as before. Rift Recon is also not telling students that Kelly is no longer teaching the class and that the class in completely different than what was advertised and what they signed up for.
This is a public notice. Kelly Alwood is NOT teaching the Art of Escape class. The content of the class is stolen IP, or the course description is completely false. Rift Recon did NOT pay for the IP content of this course. Rift Recon recorded with audio and video my entire course. They had the audio transcribed. Rift Recon is still advertising this course as it was when Kelly taught the class. Rift Recon is using audio and video from the classes Kelly taught for advertising the class.
Neither Kelly Alwood or TAD has any affiliation with Rift Recon at this point. Both Kelly and TAD had made Rift Recon aware that the quality of service Rift Recon provided students was sub standard. Set up and execution on the part of Rift Recon was not up to Kelly Alwood or TAD Gear standards. Rift Recon was given specific details of preparations and arrangements to be made for Kelly to teach the class. Most of which were not even attempted to be made. Kelly and TAD informed Rift Recon that we could not attach our names to the classes if they did not fulfill their obligations to the students.
Rift Recons responce was to claim the class as their own, and to contact friends and instructors of Kelly Alwood to go out and teach Kelly’s class in SF without Kelly’s permission. They were refused. No indication is given as to who is actually teaching this class now. Students signing up dont know who the instructor is, or what is actually in the class. Rift Recon has left everything the same on their website to fool students into thinking Kelly was still teaching his class. Kelly Alwood is not teaching the class, and the class is NOT what is in the description, as Rift Recon has stated that the class is mine and they wont teach the same thing.
Kelly Alwood and Kevin Reeve still teach the Urban Escape and Evasion class all over the country. Sign up for one of those and get the real deal.