The reason it has taken almost 30 years for Uncle Bill to pass his martial heritage to a dozen teachers for posterity is obvious. KunTao Silat de Thouars is a vast, deep and broad martial art incorporating useful elements recognized in many other systems and styles. Uncle Bill has passed on the knowledge of these elements to those disciple/teachers who could best use and develop that knowledge and to pass it on to coming generations. I am proud, and humbled, to be one of those fortunate people entrusted with that knowledge and power. I'm truly humbled to be in company with some of the finest martial experts I've ever seen.
A Note from BaPak
Greetings to all my Friends and Students all over the globe!
First, I want to thank you for tolerating my sense of humor. I have played paper games with many martial artists who are great in their own minds and have allowed them to think they know my system. I do not want to say anything bad about anyone, but I have now been watching how various people treat the knowledge I give them for over 40 years here in America.
Some endeavour to promote the art for its own sake and others for their own personal profit. Some endeavour to learn, others teach before they know. Some are humble enough to learn, others are too full of themselves to see past their nose. Such people will be obvious by their absence from my list of finished disciples and teachers of my system.
I wish to clarify, the individuals concerned that have thoroughly trained in my system. There are many, all over the world, who have learned tricks and principles from me, but, there are only a dozen or so who have studied with me long enough to mature in my art and to understand its magnitude.
These individuals, in my opinion deserve my greatest thanks and respect for their devotion and intent to a lifetime practice.
The greatest historians concerning the de Thouars brothers, naming Victor, Paul, Maurice and Willem de Thouars - are by far Chas Clements and Steve Gartin.
Chas is an absolute replica, when practicing any of the djurus taught to him by Paul, Maurice, Victor or including myself. He looks just like any of us brothers. Sometimes I can hardly believe it, but Chas also remembers what each of us brothers have said about various things.
Steve on the other hand is one of my best fighters and very best of knife handlers in my system of KunTao Silat de Thouars. I taught him the most when it comes to bladed arts within my system.
I like to mention the following individuals who over many years length of time have thoroughly studied my arts as I taught them, and still teach them. these people are still in the duration of training with me - without getting boured.
The following individuals I like to mention are:
My Brother, Wayne Welsh, who although he has his own system, has studied and trained with me here in Colorado for over three decades.
There are many other individuals with whom I am involved as martial arts associates who are my extended family. The individuals I have mentioned are the walking dictionaries in my system, they practice my forms, I have 108 forms all together, and they know me by heart and are practicing my system as a part of their lives, as I have taught them.
Many others have trained with me on a minimal level and known me for a long time. They have trained under me on a part-time basis and have never adopted the KunTao Silat lifestyle of constant training. I appreciate these many individuals for their own accomplishments and I may have gone overboard from time to time with the wallpaper, but it has been a great comedy to see how crazed some people are for wallpaper. In order to distinguish my true Lineage, their final certificate from me has ALL their names listed on each certificate.
The above mentioned individuals are true teachers of my system and I recommend any of them to any student who wants to learn my system.
God bless you all,
Willem de Thouars
The following is a list of schools that are associated with Kun Tao / Silat de Thouars. The teachers and schools listed either incorporate principles taught by Willem de Thouars or teach his system outright. Mr. de Thouars teaches seminars and workshops frequently in several of these schools. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the school that best fits their needs to become acquainted with Kun Tao / Silat de Thouars and begin training.
Steve Gartin and Chas Clements teach the de Thouars Family Systems exclusively. Although they have local students, most of their students are DistanceLearning Students. Chas and Steve have been archiving and promoting the system for over 28 years and have built a video and DVD library of Uncle Bill's branch of the Family System that documents the arts as Uncle Bill wants to see them practiced. See www.kuntaosilat.com for more information.
American KunTao Silat Association 1741 Dallas Street Aurora, CO 80010
Gelinas Academy of Martial Arts
Randall Goodwin has over twenty five years experience and teaches Kun Tao Silat / de Thouars exclusively. He is also the only person on this list who has extensively studied with Willem, Paul and Victor de Thouars.
7269 Lowell Blvd.
5138 W. 29th Ave.
Dr. Bahati Merchant of Kona, Hawaii
Mail : Bahati Mershant
P.O. Box 4001
P.O. Box 527
39328 U.S. Hwy 19
Tom Kier teaches Kun Tao/Silat de Thouars outright and incorporates it into wrestling, Combat Grappling Boxing and street fighting tactics. He has 21 years experience in martial arts in general and also teaches Sayoc Kali.
|God Bless America|