I am happy to welcome grandmaster or Seidjo Glenn Abrescy, as
your "uncle" over most of you - in our group as the stick fighting expert and in my plans, to arrange for the future workshops - especially designated for the intent of cultural education for our
group. Because of busy schedules we had been apart for quite
a while. Now we are back together.
Seidjo Glenn Abrescy was the very first martial arts master that
came to see aunty and I, when we just moved to California - Joyce
was transferred from Denver to San Fransisco - and I wend to work
for another air lines. That was in 1974.
Our friendship as family in kun tao grew and ever since that time -we became true "hardened" as family with different styles in practice.
I remember most profoundly when Seidjo Glenn took me to a
South East Asian gathering - a huge parties of martial artists and
a lots of stick fighters. At the party was also Tai sifu Otto van der
Groen and his group. It was there when I also met sifu Eric Lee for
the first time. We all had a great time of socializing.
During that time in the 1970's I also started to teach kun tao
in Hillsdale and in San Mateo.
Through Sigung Alfred Decascos I was fortunate enough to meet
many of the Kajukenbo people, masters and other Philippinno
stick fighting experts. Sigung Al will always remain a great friend!
When my brothers specificly Paul and Victor came to Colorado,
were really unaware that I had taught already kun tao in many places. I brought Paul to Colorado in the late 1980's - and pak Victor
came later. I also had introduced both my brothers Paul and Victor to the martial arts community here in Colorado.
When Victor once staged an open tournament in his back yard in
Orange County - several of my trained fighters came actually to the
resque of the de Thouars name. Paul had no one to fight for his group - he had nobody. Victor had only one fighter to participate.
For the rest were Steve Gartin, Dave Anderson, Randell Goodwin
and also Phillip Sailas as a back up and all there was guru Arthur
Remrev's group, Victor's and my people fighting in that tournament.
I don't want to comment on the event - it was badly staged!
I was never given any credit for the support as I was always being critisized for not knowing anything by Paul and Victor.
A reason why I parted from my family for reasons of my own.
The truth has to be told and so I will also comment on that!
By reminiscence alone I parted from many great martial arts associates of the past and my true friends will always remain in silence and always be my friends.
Funny and to my great laughter, my younger brother wants to
help me standarizing my system - a system, I had practiced long
before Paul and Victor came here to the state of Colorado.
Also another so called friend, a great martial artist, told me that
my forms could never be practiced the same way. Quite frankly I consider that "horse dump". All forms are practiced and taught
the SAME WAY. Some individuals made up forms and claimed that
they knew my art - and yet, they are far from it. My good and
excellent practitioners can teach those people how my system has
to be done correctly.
Of course this commentary is meant only for my group of people -
it does not concern anybody else!
Please all you in kun tao silat de Thouars - welcome Seidjo Glenn
Abrescy as an uncle to our group.
In closing please be at peace, bapak Willem de Thouars.
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