For years many people had taped me, a reason why I held back on many of my actual practice. The old style of training in practice, should never have been taped, so I just show a lots of something and a lots of nothing.
Some of the masters who had known me for quite some years, toke me in the beginning. I acted very "dumb like" and acted as stupidly as I could be, and so were some of the old students.
I remember Lie Gai Edgar van der Groen made a remark once, " Willem watch out for that man, you give him one finger and he will take the whole hand!" So true, and I watched the man's operational skills and his martial arts skills. Truthfully the man of being mentioned was an excellent martial arts exponent in many systems and rightfully so - a great master of many gathered skills.
His only problem was that he could "critisized" so many other teachers and including myself. We have parted for good and will remain as such.
According to this same man, my artforms could not be done the same way, I already knew what kind of man I was dealing with. He would practice another version of my actual form and call it my system. He also supposed to have learn 40 forms out of my system, - totally wrong, the 40 or so forms I really had taught - is only trained and practiced by a handful of hardcore practitioners in my system. Guru Westly Tasker could show this master of many systems any of my forms, THE SAME WAY AND THE SAME WAY IN PRACTICE.
ALL MY FORMS ARE DONE THE SAME WAY, - no one look the same doing the same form together. Because of the physical structure and also no one in any of the katas of this master of many systems.
Again relating to my reasioning for having booted out kings of martial arts and lazy students was my rightful decision, I gladly did. I don't want to be involved with students that have marital problems or drug problems or ego problems are OUT. Unless the circumstances are able to be resolved. As human beings we do make mistakes, but problems are a hinder in training.
Any student being "booted" out can not come back in my group anymore and is considered a perfect stranger! I am not running a hotel or motel chain of facilitated spaces.
INDIVIDUALS NOT IN GOOD STANDING WITH THE LAW, WILL NOT BE HARBORED IN MY GROUP - UNLESS BEING TOTALLY CLEARED BY THE LAW!
The only individual restored to my list of teachers, was guru Curtis Goodwin, from Portland, Oregon. We had some misunderstanding between us and brought things back to a reasonable conclusion.
Most of the individuals who are on my teachers list, remain on my teachers list. They are a grace, blessing and actually a comfort for my family - for being expeditious, motivated,
intelligent and just do their own thing. That is acceptable to me in what I had shared with them.
Many are trained in my technical evaluations and are equally recognized by me as full "flesh" guru and each has students under them. Their students are under them, and I deal only with the Head of systems.
Also a lengthy process of me having to leash out against Steve Douglas Gartin and Chess Clements for wanting to take over my system - through the American kun tao silat - I detest and rebuke and never ever want to have any dealings with them. I gave Chess Clements a certificate in which I acknowledged him to the rank of PENDEKAR IN HIS OWN SYSTEM - for him to teach and earn some money. Steve Douglas Gartin is totally out and rebuked, he needs to use the names of Theo Tjong Oen ( U Un Suraya) and others to his repertoir of teachers.
He had studied only 3 or 4 years in my system and also on a partime bases. My longest practitioner and others who had been with me for a long time, can attest to the situation.
Steve biggest problem he always had, was not taking responsibility for his own actions, causes me to hate him. He shamed my family and was upright a remarkable untrustworthy character to my group, I show him who is the Head of my own system - it is ME!
The far distance learning program does not bring any justice to my system at all, it would be of great hinder and people on the program don't learn anything but keep on guesing what it suppose to look like or feel like. A reason why the American kun tao silat is not acknowledged by me.
Any one ranked by Steve Douglas Gartin can be assured that the ranked individual is not equally as good as the one trained in my art. Any of the members of the American kun tao silat,
can come out and be tested in front of my board of teachers - in all fairness to me and my system.
They are using my forms and most of the entrees used in my art. They are really lazy to train in my system, as a certain gentleman, a certain Gallager in Ford Meyers, in Florida and there are also others - he claimed to be a master in my system and never trained in my art. He bought a lots of tapes. A reason why I am outraged and become very mistrusting to some individuals.
In the short circuit of seminars I still do, here and there, no public taping is allowed - only to serve the purpose for the school who arranged a seminar for me. And no reproductions.
I have shown and shared totally only 5 or 6 forms that people had seen and also on tape.
My longest practitioner and others close to me, were aware of the situation in the world of martial arts when people are concern - my reason for holding back and for sharing per haps only a quart of my actual practice over the years.
This commentary does not relate to my extended circle of family members on my teachers list - they are my outstanding group of people.
There are over 40 kun tao forms in my system, and for some, I gave wallpaper and deliverdly classifying them a sigung - hardly practice any of the forms. They make up my supposed to be system and will not be recorded as the ones on my teachers list. Someday they will be embarassed on a large public gathering when many of my rightful practitioners are attending the same event!
A SPECIAL NOTE IS WITH MY PERMISSION THAT CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS LIKE SAM EDWARDS, HIS MASTERS ON THE MOUNTAIN, DON ETHAN MILLER AND SOME OTHERS ARE ALLOWED TO MAKE OLD TAPES OR NEW TAPES AVAILABLE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. IS TO AID THEM FOR THEIR PRODUCTION COMPANIES WITH MY PERMISSION.
I AM REWARDED BY THEM, IS ALSO FOR MY FINANCIAL SUPPORT.
Speaking out my mind and salam in peace, bapak willem de thouars.