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Wednesday January 30, 2013. 6 pm pacific/9 pm eastern.
GM Darrell Sarjeant and Sifu Restita DeJesus welcome Silat teacher Johnny Silmon to the show!
Name: Johnny Silmon
D.O.B: 6 August 1971 (Age 41)
P.O.B: London, England
Styles Practiced: Pencak Silat Anyar Cimande Buhun (own synthesis)
Silek Tuo Pagu Pagu, Maenpo Cikalong, Silat Para Wali, Benjang Gulat (Sundanese wrestling), Sabhandar
Organisation: The W.A.I (Warrior Arts of Indonesia). The mission of The W.A.I is to preserve and promote the precious martial arts of Indonesia.
Johnny Silmon began his formal martial arts training at the age of 11 where he took Judo as part of his Physical Education on the school curriculum. He found he was a natural and won the Gold medal in the inter-schools Brent Judo Championships. However after this initial year he found himself seeking a more dynamic style and began training Wing Chun for around twelve months before once again looking for another style. He found it as a 13 year old in the form of Northern Mantis Kung Fu but with a Kuntao edge to it. His teacher Sifu Jerry Tann was Indonesian of Chinese origins and it could be said this laid the seeds for Johnny to later go on to investigate Indonesian Pencak Silat. He trained as a private student under Sifu Tann from 1984 to 1987 and then again for a time in 1990.
FULL DETAILED BIOGRAPHY HERE:
My name is Marcelino de Thouars. I am the 2nd son of Paul de Thouars, and 1 of 4 children. From my earliest memories in the early 70's there was never a time when I didn't see my father training students in our garage or in a studio. At that time my father was teaching traditional Serak, and he began training me when I was 8 or 9 years old. I didn't always understand what I was doing, but I was doing it. In the early 80's I also trained with my Uncle Bill and Uncle Victor, In 1986, the early years of promoting Bukti Negara, my father, brother Paul Henri, Stevan Plinck, Steve Oosterhoff, and I participated in the Asian Expo along with Pak Vic and his group. In the early 80's my father was perfecting his subsystem of Serak, calling it Bukti Negara. Before that time, Maha Guru Stevan Plinck introduced my father to Dan Inosanto, and they got together. Dan Inosanto began promoting Bukti Negara, and my father was teaching it at the Inosanto Academy in Marina Del Rey. Shortly after, I began working for Dan and his wife Paula at his studio doing general service work and also answering phones in their office. There I was able to observe different styles of martial arts. I worked for Dan for about a year. In 1988 and 1989 I stayed with family in Holland, I trained with my father's family in Europe. In May of 1990 my father and his 3 brothers had a training camp at the Inosanto Academy. After the camp I went back to Holland where I continued to train with my father's family. I returned to the U.S. in 1991.I didn't always train with a group of students in a studio, but I have decades of studying and training with my father. Growing up as my father's son, I also have had the unique advantage of being able to watch my father train other students on a regular basis in our own home, I hope this sheds some light on the history of my father's art and my involvement with it.
Condensed from bio, by Masaad Ayoob:
Cliff Stewart knows his stuff. I’ve worked with many of his contemporaries who have studied under such masters as Dan Inosanto, and at the same time Cliff was there. The martial arts world can be a jealous place, with more than its share of prima donnas. Yet, from Graciela Casillas to Paul Vunak, each of Cliff’s contemporaries I’ve spoken with gives Stewart the highest praise. It’s a rare man who can be that well liked and that highly respected at the same time in such an ego-charged environment. It says a lot for the grace and professionalism of Casillas and Vunak, but it says even more about Cliff Stewart.
Cliff Stewart possesses an awesome degree of knowledge and destructive power. The point he drives into his W.A.R. students is that possessing power doesn’t mean that you have to use it. Often, he makes clear, the greatest expression of that power is to dominate a threatening situation to the point that you don’t need to unleash it. Avoidance, he points out, is the ultimate victory.
August 21, 2014, Maha Guru Cliff Stewart
Join GM Darrell Sarjeant and Hanshi Dan Vena as they welcome Maha Guru Cliff Stewart to the show.
This week on Synergy of Life Holistic Health and Wellness Radio Show, Mikial New Bey and Don Blake Jr. welcome Dr. Aaron (Pendekar) into the studio. Dr. Brown is a Honorable Grandmaster of Indonesian and Chinese Gung Fu in styles such as Kuntao, Silat, and various forms of Indonesian and Chinese Martial Arts. Dr. Brown is also a member of a few prestigious martial arts hall of fames. Tune as Dr. Brown discusses with Mikial New Bey and Don Blake Jr. how martial arts plays a big part in all ways of life, especially our health and wellness. You can call in with your questions at (914)338-0665. You can also watch them live in the studio on UStream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/who-has-the-power-radio-network .
Exclusive Interview with Grandmaster Jerry Bell & Furqan Shabazz
At 10 years old, Jerry Bell studied Judo under the guidance of his father James Edward Bell Jr., and Boxing under another family member, Muhammad Ali. At 13 Jerry was studying Karate at the East Coast Karate Association. By 17, he had traveled to Okinawa to study Okinawan Goju under Grand Master Hidegami Matsamura. Later in Japan, he studied Shotokan under Grand Master Nakayama Masatoshi, Master Ozumi Ozawa, and in the United States under Grand Master Hidetaka Nishiyama.
Jerry also studied Kyokoshinkai under Grand Master Masutatsu Oyama, Shito Karate under Master Yojiro Ishikawa, and Iaido under Master Muramasa Kudo. He then studied Aikido under Master Shoji Nishoi, Silat under Master Abdul Muhammad Ben, Tae Kwon Do under Masters Simon and Phillip Rhee, and Sanuces Ryu Jujitsu under Supreme Grandmaster Doctor Moses Powell. Jerry lived more than fifteen years in the far east doing six month stays between the United States studying the martial arts and as a result speaks Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Malay.
The 1988 movie, "Bloodsport", starring Jean-Claude Van Damme as Frank Dux, was actually based on Jerry Bell, who fought, and won the Kumite twice.
Grandmaster Jerry Bell is now in the Black Belt Hall of Fame, The Martial Arts Hall of Fame and the World Karate Hall of Fame. He’s earned six World Gold Medals and three Silver Medals. He has a 7th degree Black Belt in Shotokan, a 4th degree Black Belt in Kyokoshinkai, a sixth degree Black Belt in Iaido, a second degree Black Belt in Judo, a fourth degree Black Belt in Aikido, a 10th degree Black Belt in Sanuces Ryu Jujitsu and a 10th degree Black Belt in the Black Ryu System that was founded by him./Jerry Bell also founded The Japan Shotoshinkai Karate-do Association in Osaka Japan with his Karate Master Yojiro Ishikawa in 1970 and he founded The Black Ryu Federation in 2003.
This week on Scottscope Talk Radio, the roundtable reviews The Raid 2: Berandal! Is it a worthy follow-up to the original? Is it actually better than the original? Is it too ambitious for its own good? Can it be considered bloated and pretentious? Could it possibly be the most violent action film ever made? Does it deserve comparison to classic “Heroic Bloodshed’ films like Hard Boiled and City on Fire? Might it even deserve comparison to the likes of The Godfather Part 2? Does it raise the bar for action cinema? Are fans overhyping it? Is it merely an ultraviolent yet disposable cult film from a familiar genre?
We’ll also be celebrating the 20th anniversary of that most classic of rap albums, Illmatic! Does it still hold up? Is it still Nas’ best album to date? Is its classic status overstated? Was Nas the beneficiary of east coast (IE New York) Bias? Was the album’s warm reception from the Hip-Hop press part of a calculated plot to bring New York back to prominence in the early 1990’s? Has Nas lived up to the promise of the album? Is he truly one of the all-time greats? Why did it take so long to be certified platinum by the RIAA? Join us as we examine the most acclaimed rap album of its time!
Join Sifu Restita and Sifu Robert as they welcome Guro Rocky Twitchell to the Dojo!
Rocky Twitchell began his martial arts training in 1982. His experience and certifications include Kali, Silat, cane fighting, Boxing, Savate, grappling, and Jeet Kune Do.
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Da’Mon Stith is an African American martial artist, researcher, and innovator.
Born in 1975 in Austin, Texas, his love for the martial arts began at the age of six when his father gave him a toy sword. From that day on the ‘way of warrior’ became his path and passion.
His journey as a martial artist began in the art of Shorin ryu Karate which he had the priviledge of studying in Okinawa as a teenager. It was in this environment seeped in martial tradition that he became exposed to the philosophies of Miyamoto Musashi and Bruce Lee and through cross training began to explore martial arts as a form of self expression. Eventually he began studying Jeet Kune Do and developed a strong interest in the arts of South East Asia (Kali, Silat, and Muay Thai). These arts combined deadly fighting techniques with rituals that involved music, dance, and spirituality. As well as were used as a means to instill pride and respect in their respective cultures.
In 1994 with the release of the movie ‘Only the Strong’ Da’Mon began studying the African/Brazilian art of Capoeira. Attracted to its movement, music, history, and philosophy Da’Mon devoted his life to the practice and preservation of Capoeira After a few years of training he created his own Capoeira group and began researching the fighting arts of Africa and its Diaspora such as: Tahteeb, Zulu Stickfighting, Kalenda Stickfighting, Dambe boxing, Kokowa wrestling, Mani and 52 Blocks.
He is currently studying the traditional sword dances of the Tuareg people and has created a group dedicated to research and resurrection of the warrior arts of African’s medieval past.
-Born and raised in Amsterdam in The Netherlands, then moved to London, England. Llived and trained in Malaysia for 8 years, then moved from Malaysia to Glasgow in Scotland in 2012 to teach Silat Ikhtiar Martial arts: -Fencing, boxing and wrestling, Silat, -Dabbled in several martial arts, too many to mention. -Ballistic weapons: guns, rifles, archery, blowpipe. -Silat Cekak Malaysia, Silat Ikhtiar Malaysia (the martial art of my wife's family) Teaching: -Silat Ikhtiar Malaysia, Bela Diri curriculum (not at the moment). Bierkaai curriculum which is included in the Nicolaes Petter book -Training and learning the many Bekkesnijders techniques and strategies that I've been documenting while compiling the book on that phenomenon. PUBLICATIONS -several books on music... -Manual Bela Diri Curriculum, 2011 -Manual of Silat Ikhtiar, 2013 -The Nicolaes Petter biography (foreword Bas Rutten), 2013 Future books: -David Cheah's Muay Thai Kick Boxing -Bekkesnijders, The Netherland's Traditional Knife Art
Encouraging individual creativity and innovation, Mark draws on his vast experience in the following methods to design the curriculum: • Filipino Martial Arts • Jun Fan Martial Arts (Methods compiled by Bruce Lee) • Hung Gar Kung Fu/Wing Chun/Hsing-i Pakua/Tai Chi Chuan • Japanese Jiu Jitsu/Judo/Aikido/Aiki-Jujitsu/Kenjitsu • Tae Kwon Do/Tang Soo Do/Hapkido/Kuk Sool Won • Indonesian Pentjak Silat • Malaysian Bersilat • Muay Thai/Krabi Krabong • French Savate • Western Boxing • Submission Hold Grappling • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu • European Fencing • Firearms Mark offers Beginner to Advanced-Level Self-Defense Training through Group Classes as well as Exclusive Private Instruction. His comprehensive curriculum incorporates: • Mixed Martial Arts • Specialized & Improvised Impact & Bladed Weaponcraft • Special-Use Weapons & Stratagems • Stress Inoculation Training • Situational & Environmental Awareness Training
Steven has been given the highest honorary title ‘Pendekar’ (‘Protector’) known in Indonesia and SE Asia. He has been practicing martial arts since he was eight years old and has been involved in numerous tournaments. He was winner of the Birmingham Martial Arts Championship in 1989, which then took him further to train under Guru Ma in Holland who took his martial art skill and knowledge to another level. With Guru Ma, he co-founded the Satria Fighting Arts and Satria Yoga and developed his own Lotus Kembangan. He also pioneered and inspired ‘Our Orphans’ (a division of ‘Universal Life Charity’ reg. no 1115137) after his encounter with St. Thomas Orphanage in 2001.Steven has travelled extensively throughout Indonesia and have met, trained and lived with teachers to understand their whole way of life, concepts and philosophies. He had completed Pak Rusli’s family style silat ‘Silek Angin’, Guru Makmur’s ‘Cimande Silat’, Guru Asnan’s family system of ‘Minangkabau Silat’ and Pendekar Jumhi&
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