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  • Top 15 PUAs of 2012 by PUA Lingo

    by AlphaWolf & Co.
    63 comments

    You voted… and we counted. There were so many great instructors and stories that came through the comments, blogs, my inbox, and the threads on the forums. Most importantly, it came from observation of students actually improving and instructors who gave a shit about the art of seduction.

    *See the top PUAs of 2013 here.

    This year’s list will no doubt create some controversy and I am the first to admit our bias – ultimately the decision making came down to the owners of PUA Lingo. That being said, we have been working on this site since 2008, myself (AlphaWolf) joining the game in 2007 after picking up The Game. We’ve seen instructors come and go, met them at events, and personally witnessed them in field helping us with specific problems or helping a friend or a student.

    This years list wasn’t so much about innovation but rather authenticity and dedication to the craft. Shutting the F*** up, and actually working on their technique and coaching skills, instead of mass marketing. Sure, we all need to make a living, but this happens after one adds value to the capitalistic system and the world at large.

    So without further ado, here are the Top 15 PUAs of 2012:

    Honorable Mention: Sean Stephenson

    Sean Stephenson isn’t really a professional PUA Coach, but he’s helped millions of people find inspiration in their own lives. Born with severe osteogenesis imperfecta, Sean doesn’t let his height, fragile bones or use of a wheelchair stop him. He’s worked at the White House with president Clinton and got his Ph.D in clinical hypnosis.

    He runs a profitable public speaking business (website) and is a trained psychologist. He is a regular participant of many documentaries from all over the world. His lessons on love and meeting the right woman puts a normal guy’s lame excuses into an embarrassingly stark perspective.

    In 2012, Sean married his girlfriend Mindie. What’s your excuse?

    Honorable Mention: Neil Strauss (Style)

    Neil Strauss pua

    Our very existence would probably not exist in this form were it not for Style exposing the community and forever romanticized the game in his book. That said, he has moved on with his identity as an author and Hollywood icon. One can’t blame him – life goes on and we continue to evolve and take on challenges that make us grow. Neil, however, will always remain a hero and a legacy of the seduction community.

    Honorable Mention: Erik Von Markovik (Mystery)

    Mystery pua caricature

    Mystery has gone into hiding since airing Season 2 of VH1’s The Pickup Artist and launching his new company with Matador and Lovedrop at Venusian Arts. Although he charges tons of money for 1-on-1 private coaching, one never fails to NOT learn from the great Mystery. We owe many of our original ideas to him, as much as psychotherapy owes Freud. Erik turns 40 this year, and we hope that this is just the beginning of his work. As the man who once said, “on my tombstone, I would write, ‘Please bring me back! I have much more to offer the world!'”, Mystery, we await your return.

    #15) JT Tran (ABCs of Attraction)

    JT Tran hit the road this year, making his rounds at Ivy league universities and putting the spotlight on Asian men and dating on ABC News. JT’s company, ABCs of Attraction, also employs Anna and Gareth Jones, and they continue to work with guys on improving their dating skills, with a focus on the calibrations needed to train Asian men.

    #14) Joshua Pellicer (Tao of Badass)

    Joshua hit it big this year with runaway hit Tao of Badass. One of the few Clickbank marketers of seduction products that hit it big. Josh has been doing this for a while on his own, and been featured on the Today Show and Maxim Radio. His interview with PUA Lingo is here.

    I have met Josh in person, and the first thing I noticed was his ease and seemingly enthusiasm to connect with everyone around him. He didn’t flaunt his pick up skills or talk himself up, he simply is. I’ve reached out to him for advice on dating, relationships, and whether I’d find the right girl, and he always finds time to respond without any expectation of a favor in return. Josh is the real deal.

    #13) Roosh V. (Bang!)

    I first heard about Roosh V. via a feminist blgo post talking about his American vs. European woman video. Since then, I’ve learned that he causes major controversy due to 2 reasons. One, he travels a lot, and perhaps is the only guy in the industry that zooms in on country-specific game. Two, he’s blunt and often replies in kind to feminist bloggers.

    Naturally, the “pattern recognition” creates some stereotypes that causes strong reactions from women of that country and feminist groups. But he speaks the truth, and has the courage and balls to actually relay his experiences on video as he travels around the globe. Roosh has a loyal male following and his book Bang and Day Bang gets many accolades from PUAs and non-PUAs alike. He needs a haircut though.

    #12) Adam Lyons (AFC Adam)

    Adam Lyons is one of those ever-likable guys who enjoys what he does. He splashed onto the scene via PUA Training in 2010. His talks at the Under 21 convention have been talked about many years after. Although he is married to Amanda, he still continues to network and help guys out. His legacy lives on in his YouTube videos, forum threads, and website. Perhaps best of all, he serves as an example that you can find true love even as a PUA.

    #11) David DeAngelo (Eben Pagan)

    One could consider David D. the original “breakout artist” of the seduction community. Even before Style’s book The Game, David D. was already hitting millions of inboxes with his Double Your Dating Q&A emails.

    Perhaps most amazing thing about Eben is his ability to change lives, and then move on. He’s an author and entrepreneur and went on to teach business owner seminars (Get Altitude). Eben got married in 2011. His legacy continues via his emails for Double Your Dating and all the dating products and companies he’s created.

    #10) Cajun (Derek) from Love Systems

    Cajun was a Love Systems instructor in Canada before his international debut on Keys To the VIP where he did PUAs the world over proud. Being Canadian, Cajun is friendly and willing to help. He’s perhaps the first guy to appear on national television in a cold approach situation by himself. You might argue that Mystery and Matador did that too in VH1’s The Pickup Artist. Nonetheless, Cajun’s approaches and performances were open to judgment and he still came out on top.

    #9) Beckstar

    Beckstar has that childish spirit in his smile…matched with the icy look of a true seducer. He has worked for PUA Training and then went on to several partnerships with other dating companies over the span of 15+ years. His main motivation is the art and the game, rather than building a business or the money. Beckstar continues to put out cool video content, however his focus is on training his students out in the field. One of my favorite routines still comes from Beckstar.

    #8) Kezia Noble 

    Kezia gets a lot of shit tests from competing male coaches and even students who don’t believe that a woman can properly teach pick up. Her perceived weaknesses, however, have a funny way of turning into strengths. I think it would be hard to argue that Kezia is not a hard 9 or 10.

    Being a hot girl herself, she is able to identify, as the source, what the woman is really thinking. Having interviewed Kezia and also having worked with her, I can say that her bitchy side is reserved to play the part and get students to see the reality of the dating world. #8 therefore goes to the “bitch with a heart”.

    I’m sure this review will get me laid soon.

    #7) Jeffy (Jlaix) from Real Social Dynamics

    Jeffy walks into the room, and starts playing one of his in-field videos. Within 90 seconds, the whole room bursts out with bouts of laughter and fun. That was the Hot Seat event in San Francisco. As the author of Nine Ball and Get Laid or Die Trying, Jeffy is a weird and hilarious combination of intelligence and self parody. His wit and vocabulary is unmatched and you will often learn new words listening to Jeffy speak.

    His fans worship him, while AMOGs consider him their worst nightmare. Jeffy is not at all about the money – he simply gets girls and enjoys sex. Choosing to live in and coach in San Francisco, he has mastered the intricacies of bay area game. His “rape van” (I mean, consensual sex van) continues to make the city rounds.

    Jeffy rape van pedobear

    #6) Alexander (Real Social Dynamics)

    RSD’s newest shining star, Alex comes across as weirdly likable and alpha at the same time. If you review his older pictures, he has turned from a dorky looking kid to a very good looking and charismatic dating coach. His latest seminar and product focuses on breaking down the hardcore art of “natural instincts” and the process of internalizing a true natural’s frame.

    His in-field footage casts him in some amazing situations. I remember seeing him stop 4 girls about to drive away and getting a kiss close with one of the girls. We look forward to seeing more of Alex in 2012.

    #5) DJ Fuji (Tao of Fuji)

    DJ Fuji is one of those guys that considers pick up his calling. He’s probably one of the few coaches who turns down clients, because he wants to devote proper time to teach his students. Never one for applying “mass marketing” techniques, his blog and his training process is based on quality over quantity.

    His advice to me on day game has helped me gain tons of hot female friends from day time approaches, and one hot French girlfriend. DJ Fuji’s focus (perhaps due to his Asian heritage) is on fundamentals by applying proper technique and practicing it over and over again, makes him one of the best technique-based coaches in the industry.

    #4) Richard La Ruina (Gambler) from PUA Training

    At first, Gambler may seem meek or shy. That is simply a part of his avatar and allure. Richard comes across as sincere and humble, despite running one of the biggest pick up companies in the world. His PUA Training organization was responsible for providing the platform for European stars like Beckstar, Matthew Hussey, Adam Lyons, Kezia, and many others. In that sense, Gambler is much like the Hugh Hefner of Europe. His PUA University DVDs are some of the best products I have ever seen.

    Gambler currently spends his time traveling around and running his UK-based business. You can catch occasional pictures of him with hot girls on his Facebook.

    #3) Julien (Real Social Dynamics)

    Even as a RSD Intern and apprentice to Owen, Julien showed massive potential as a seducer. Owen calls him “Anakin Skywalker”. RSD interns knew it, and sometimes choose to hangout with him instead of Owen himself.

    3 years later, Julien is an executive coach at RSD, and also considers teaching game his passion. He constantly uploads videos via RSDNation.com. Julien’s voice has a very deep and powerful resonance, and having seen his in field footage, I can say he’s definitely the real deal. Some might consider Julien’s crazy antics a bit too much, as he likes to see if he can make girls cry, and often will do things in game much like a hacker tries to hack a computer simply because he can.

    In Owen’s words, “Julien is a social psychopath”, and we look forward to seeing more of him in-field.

    #2) Owen Cook (Tyler Durden) from Real Social Dynamics

    The mastermind behind RSD, Owen has taken a 2-man company who lived in the closet of Project Hollywood to a global phenomenon. RSD continues to innovate and teach useful and practical pick up advice to men all over. Seeing him in person reminded me of seeing someone who was so committed to a cause, that the world around him actually shifts and bends to his will.

    Owen has a look in his eyes and he will challenge you to see if you are really going for what you want out of life. He also lost a ton of weight and sports a beard, definitely a new look for his 2012 image. His YouTube videos are some of the most useful ones I have seen that has helped me tremendously as an intermediate PUA.

    #1) Zan Perrion (Ars Amorata)

    Zan separated from the “community” after his appearance at the Cliff’s List convention in Canada years ago. Ever since, he’s sort of been an enigma to guys in the PUA world. Through his company Ars Amorata, he continues to travel the world and teach men as well as women on the art of love. A modern day Casanova, he considers women his true teachers in the art of seduction.

    The fact that Zan has full bookings with WOMEN joining his Ars Amorata seminars means that he really has some pull with the female psyche. Going deeper than inner game, techniques and the seduction community in general, Zan is an icon for discovering our real selves. Much like reptiles evolving wings to become birds, Zan’s trajectory of love and seduction has evolved to a different plane.

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    63 comments

    Romino November 7, 2012 - 8:26 am

    did u guys notice that most of the PUA’s have long or at least not short hair?! :P

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    alphawolf November 7, 2012 - 9:41 am

    Except Style, who has no hair :0

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    Dr. Ace November 9, 2012 - 9:40 pm

    Joshua Pellicer? Arash Dibazar? Johnny Soporno? Michael Fiore? Orlando Owen? Bobby Rio? Captain Jack? Ryan DRH? Tyler Tray? Peter Sun? Gary Brodsky? Papa? Ross Jeffries? David Kipping? Scot McKay? John Alanis? Adam Grant Gilad? Tim the Right Hand Man? Ozzie? Fader? Wayne Elise? Will H? Garrison Cohen? Bill Preston? Angelo Malixi? Bryan Bayer? Stephen Shelley (Playboy)? Mehow? Swinggcat? Dave M? Carlos Xuma? David X? Jon Matrix? Tom Torero? Steve “The Dean” Williams? Cameron Teone? Nick Quick (Adonis)? Spencer Michaels? Badboy? Jonathan Jacobson (Manwhore)? RedpoleQ? Jason Savage? Hoobie? Julian Foxx? Thundercat? Brian Burke? Jerry Tran? Rick Dutch? Brad Jackson? Colin Dubb? Steve El Topo Mayeda? Don Suave? Noah Hammond? Daniel Vercetti? Rob Kingy? Ranko Magami? Ryu X? Alex Coulson? Decker Cunov? Alan Roger Currie? Anthony Dream Johnson? Alex Becker (Two Step)?

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    x April 26, 2013 - 8:40 am

    okay that’s just a ceepy amount of puas you know of…

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    Brainbuster August 15, 2014 - 3:27 am

    Haha…that’s more pua’s than I know total.

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    Neil Skywalker November 7, 2012 - 11:45 am

    Damn, I didn’t make it to the list again!

    Better luck next year.

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    alphawolf November 7, 2012 - 3:25 pm

    My eyes are open for new instructors!

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    Sage November 7, 2012 - 3:41 pm

    I don’t know Zan but if you have him above the RSD guys I need to spend some time checking out his techniques.

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    dj delirium November 7, 2012 - 4:10 pm

    Where the f#%k is VINCE KELVIN?

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    alphawolf November 8, 2012 - 1:06 am

    Playing the gay friend at a movie casting?

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    Marina Bellini November 7, 2012 - 4:18 pm

    KEZIA IS THE BEST!!!

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    alphawolf May 13, 2013 - 1:08 am

    I think she’s doing some good work

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    Erik November 7, 2012 - 8:17 pm

    I think the guys from simple pickup have done great! Where are they to be seen?

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    alphawolf November 8, 2012 - 1:05 am

    Their videos are great we haven’t seen anything from them re: training though need to explore more

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    Obisco November 8, 2012 - 7:51 pm

    What about the DayGame crew (Tom Torrero, John Matrix etc.) What do you guys think of them?

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    billy November 9, 2012 - 8:23 am

    too much marketing not enough substance

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    KingOfKong November 25, 2012 - 4:34 pm

    Is that what your ex-girlfriend said about your sex skills Billy haha?!

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    Ben August 2, 2013 - 1:27 am

    Actually I really like their stuff, its minimalistic for sure but it works great.

    Also where the fuck is Sinn on this list, James Marshall and Sasha

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    bass November 9, 2012 - 3:42 am

    Interesting that you don’t have Mehow there. He’s one of the Top 5 in my opinion

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    alphawolf November 10, 2012 - 8:23 pm

    Will look into him for next year

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    webbie November 9, 2012 - 9:28 pm

    Tyler at #2? It is no secret within RSD circles that Tyler has banged less than ten girls in his life.

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    alphawolf November 10, 2012 - 10:40 pm

    Are you from PUA Hate?

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    Djharty November 12, 2012 - 2:58 pm

    yeah webbie how many have you banged none lol

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    Andre November 9, 2012 - 11:49 pm

    Met Zan randomly in Rio de Janeiro because his group stayed in the same hostel. You can tell by his personality that the world traveling has played a role in his teachings. It’s so true — I learned even myself being in South America that life is too short. I returned to the states with renewed confidence (not really from Zan, but he was a positive aspect of my trip). Men already have what it takes, we just need to show up and do our part.

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    alphawolf November 10, 2012 - 10:40 pm

    That’s awesome dude

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    Djharty November 12, 2012 - 3:08 pm

    owen cook is the don he should be no1, this is why, hes really enthusiastic, hes gangster, he makes me laugh so much, he released the blueprint decoded which is a masterpiece on inner game and no other product comes near, he spent 4 years writing it, also he uploads some cool videos on youtube in different locations even with him mountain climbing and hiking whilst recording and giving dating advice at the same time, hes a mad head but in a good way, always fun to watch his videos, whilst other pua’s videos make me wanna fall asleep lol

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    alphawolf November 12, 2012 - 4:54 pm

    Yeah I concur

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    Brainbuster August 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

    I think Owen is the Second Coming of Jesus.

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    nerd November 17, 2012 - 10:18 pm

    i want mystery back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:(

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    TonyD November 18, 2012 - 1:57 pm

    Hey it’s cool to see some new faces on this list. Good job on the blog. I’m also a dating coach. I’ve been teaching full time for three years now and have run close to one hundred bootcamps. Self Promotion!

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    slip November 18, 2012 - 2:10 pm

    no heartiste? should at least get an honorable mention.

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    Brainbuster August 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

    Roosh is Heartiste. He’s on the list.

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    illanon December 26, 2018 - 9:07 pm

    Roosh is not heartiste

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    Johnny Wolf November 18, 2012 - 3:19 pm

    I’ve been out of the community for too long, I don’t even recognize half of the names on this list.

    Great to see a few familiar faces on it though. Shouts out to Asian Playboy and Adam Lyons.

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    alphawolf November 18, 2012 - 7:22 pm

    What you up to Johnny Wolf

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    DTF Dave November 22, 2012 - 12:34 pm

    i may not be on this list yet, but my boy and me’s website page is getting more hits by the day. look for me in 2013 !!!

    i like your website page by the way and we linked to it on our blog roll !!!

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    alphawolf November 22, 2012 - 12:50 pm

    Thanks bro

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    KingOfKong November 25, 2012 - 4:22 pm

    Where’s Tom Torero, the BOSS DADDY of daygame??

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    billy December 5, 2012 - 3:26 pm

    he is lame! I wish day game team would stop posting on here.

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    Mimnoc December 7, 2012 - 12:50 pm

    You may not like the people billy but if your not working daygame as hard as the clubs you’re missing out.

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    Brainbuster August 15, 2014 - 3:38 am

    Tom Torero is the perfect PUA.
    Not good-looking.
    Competent.
    And extremely effective teacher.

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    Radon December 13, 2012 - 1:51 am

    What about Rob Judge, Zack Bauer, 60YOC and Entropy???

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    Jim Jones December 25, 2012 - 12:46 pm

    Sinn should of been here. He’s blog is amaaazing and his content is awesome. He just came out with a new book on amazon!

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    Fred December 30, 2012 - 12:49 am

    This is a great list for 2012, and I think they truly deserved for the ranking title.

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    stronglist notrlylol January 5, 2013 - 3:47 pm

    Julien should be on #1 and the rest should follow at #9000 and onward. This guy has pulled some amazing shit at you can hear in several of tyler’s and his freetour videos. Not to mention http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlWrFgIR6CU. Also this guy is only like 24 years old and he is already the best instructor of the best pickup company.

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    Socialkenny PUA June 20, 2013 - 9:57 am

    RSD Julien is my man, but I believe your overstating his dominance in the Game.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTcyuhCSB6k

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    Smooth January 7, 2013 - 10:21 am

    Where is Vin DiCarlo? He’s 3rd best for me all time next to Mystery and Style.

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    Brainbuster August 15, 2014 - 3:39 am

    Style is more of a story-teller than a real PUA.
    7 best-sellers under his belt.

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    Ádám January 8, 2013 - 10:11 am

    Mex Deluxe from Hungary (PUA.HU)

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    J.C. January 12, 2013 - 12:52 am

    Wheres Sasha Daygame? He was on this list before and is probably better now than he was then!

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    J.C. January 12, 2013 - 3:41 am

    Also, quite a few Internet marketers on the list. Although marketing is a skill, a PUA is someone who has struggled with meeting women, spent years in field and has figured out a method that works and knows how to communicate that to other guys so they can improve to. I wouldn’t put Pellicer or Eban Pagan on that list since they basically just found a profitable niche and re-hash mystery method via their online products – they don’t have in-field footage and don’t teach proper bootcamps so how can you really know they are any good themselves?

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    alphawolf January 12, 2013 - 12:37 pm

    Josh is good I’ve seen him in person and his GF is beautiful inside and out. Eben I don’t know about he came before MM came out with Double Your Dating

    A lot has evolved since the mystery method days and there are flaws to the MM method too in the way we think about the seduction paradigm.

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    max January 15, 2013 - 1:18 am

    Good List…
    Zen is cool, but i think his teachings are a bit difficult to implement for a Newbie. He is like the Player Character of a Movie…

    The RSD Guys are awesome…Just finished a Hotseat with Alex…

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    Sol May 12, 2013 - 9:13 am

    How you guys heard of Pick Up Asia? Their quite under the radar but their a quite a good company, they teach a good mix between technique, and inner game and their coaches are amazing. They care about their students, and RedpoleQ is the epitome on body language game. He’s can pickup foreign women that don’t speak the same language.

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    alphawolf May 12, 2013 - 1:26 pm

    I’ve heard of RedPoleQ Isn’t he a black dude in Asia? Haven’t heard of any pick up companies from Asia that target the Americas though

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    KaneVast October 17, 2013 - 9:19 pm

    Yea he is a black dude, in Asia.

    Lived in Japan for a long time, now travels around everywhere.

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    KaneVast October 17, 2013 - 9:18 pm

    Hey,

    Thanks a lot.

    We also have http://www.AsianDatingMonthly.com now as a compliment to PickUpAsia.

    It would be cool to be on the list, but without out us teaching Americans in America, it’s unlikely.

    Kane Vast

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    El Fuego June 6, 2013 - 5:20 pm

    Where is Arash Dibazar? And for me the #1 is still Mystery

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    Dean June 21, 2013 - 2:48 pm

    Thanks for this great list of master PUA’s! I learned a lot from some of these artists..

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    New Direction September 4, 2013 - 2:45 am

    Where the f*ck is Justin Wayne?

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    Brainbuster August 15, 2014 - 3:41 am

    Justin Wayne is a joke.

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    rara October 26, 2013 - 8:01 am

    Tyler is obviously number 1. But I think you need to have a certain level of intelligence to actually appreciate the work he does. If you don’t have much skill yourself you will fall into the trap of watching “simple pickup” videos and other garbage PUA crap.

    The Blueprint is BY FAR the most incredible pickup dvd to date.

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    Your Superior March 1, 2019 - 1:21 am

    Ross Jeffries is by far the best! All of you asperger having losers make me laugh. All of these people teach you how to act to fit a womans checklist. Ross shows you how to actually give women what they will respond to. Women can be seduced within 20 minutes with SS technology. Fuck all these losers on this list, really fucking disappointing.

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