Thursday, 18 August 2016

Do You Remember: The Academy Training Center

Do You Remember The Academy Training Center?

For those of you who can't, the Academy Training Center used to be a 'themed' holiday location based just outside Atlanta, Georgia, USA.  It advertised itself for genuine 'jail time' for inmates and it was allegedly staffed by serving and retired law enforcement and military staff.  You could go there to be 'locked up' and 'abused' for as long as you could afford.  Of course, 'abuse' is relative.  Over the years I've come across many guys who would enjoy 'arrest' and incarceration by a uniformed booted captor.

The Academy also produced a number of what you could only describe as 'fetish' videos over there time in existence.  These ranged from prison abuse and military training to heavier bondage and control (who remembers the Academy 'Chair'?).  There was always cuffs, there were always straps, and there was always leather and boots.

The proprietor, Chip Weichelt was a dedicated fetishist, and tried to ensure the Academy was as authentic as possible.  It was made clear to the 'staff' that the majority of clients were gay.  Whilst there was no sex in any of the tapes, it was just implied by content.

In latter years, the tapes became digitally edited, which improved their quality - and DVD hadn't really 'taken off' at the time.

Unfortunately, Chip unexpectedly passed away, and after that the legacy of ATC seemed to pass with it.  Another company came to light offering similar services - Jail Training Center - but I'm unaware of if there was a connection to Chip and the Academy.  It later disappeared.

There was an attempted revival with some labels under BeForced.com, BeefyCub.Com and AcademyMen.com.  Many of these contained clips of the original Academy tapes, but the formula just wasn't there any longer.  

The participants were often not the muscle and cops that Chip obviously used to hire, and from observing, many had no law enforcement background (eg applying cuffs incorrectly).  What's more, these were very basic pay-per-download sites which didn't offer anything more than 1 minute of any of the tapes.  Chip's legacy most certainly was not continued by these and I am not convinced they weren't a scam.

With the 'retirement' of video recorders,  I suspect it's only a matter of time until many of the original tapes fade into history.  To that end, I'm trying to digitise many of the tapes I have and post them on various torrent sites.  If you're interested, send me a note and I'll tell you where to download them.  

In the meantime, I found some screen caps of a number of the tapes.

Oh, and get in touch if you want to be treated this way :)  You can enjoy my uniform...