Question for Rick Tew Part Du

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  1. RRouuselot

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    1) Actually I thought the movie was crap. One I don’t really care for MA movies as a whole (except Jackie Chan’s…the guy cracks me up), and two, Vandam is a moron AND a bad actor.
    2) Is there any other spot to go for….. :ultracool


    What is wrong with asking questions, getting clarification? Nothing.
    If you truly want to understand where someone is coming from you may have to ask a question or two to get the whole picture. When that person ignores the question or gives you vague ½ answers that aren’t even really answers you have to wonder “why?”.
    If you ask again for clarification and the same thing happens again it makes you less curious and more suspicious.
     
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    I agree that no one needs to sign up on an internet forum to defend themselves. Especially if one has a public persona. That being said, I have a very small public persona (very small) yet, I enjoy talking on forums. However, I only spend significant time on forums where I like the people. MT is my favorite and I think Bob has the best run forum out there, so I am happy to be here. I like Datu Kelly Wordens Modern Arnis Coalition forum (I mostly read and don't post) because it keeps me up to date with what is going on in the West Coast for Modern Arnis and FMA, and I like the people there as well. I like Sharp Phil's forum when I want info or opinions on firearms/shooting and gadgets. Those are the only forums I go to and post on enough to say that I go there. My point is, I am not on forums to defend myself, promote myself, or whatever; I am there because I enjoy being there. If someone wants to question my credability on another forum that I don't go to, I am not going to rush right over there and sign up to get into flame wars with people. My Website is very clear about my background, and my e-mail and ph# is available; people can get a hold of me if they need to ask me questions on my credability without difficulty.

    So, I don't fault Tew for not chasing critics on talk forums.

    What I fault him on is his cult-marketing tactics, and his lack of clarity on his background. If you are selling a product (and in this case the product is a martial art) then it is only fair to have information on that product readily available for your clients and prospective clients. In martial arts, part of that product information is the background of the instructor. I am not a strict traditionalist when it comes to lineage, but it is only fair to expect an instructor to be upfront and straight-forward when it comes to their background. Having an underling give vague answers, and attempting to get inquirerers to "join us" rather then give any real answers to legitimate questions is just bad business.

    I would recommend against training with anyone who runs their business in this manner.

    Paul
     
  3. Enson

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    you know its like beating a dead horse... there is a question... you give an answer... you get the same question fromt he same person... you give an answer... then the person with the same question whines on how they never got an answer.

    i have never seen sensei mis use japanese terms. in fact rtms are all about quality then marketing. marketing would be i learned from so and so and so and so and now learn from me. like that makes them good. so i think you might be turned around on you desicions. anyway...
     
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    I don't believe Robert Rousselot ever did get a thorough answer to his questions, actually. Your sensei is a public figure, like it or not, and should expect potential students (the ones who do their homework anyway) to ask questions, let alone the skeptics who find his claims a bit sketchy...

    Jeff
     
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    On his website he referes to himself as "Sensei", as do you. "Sensei" is a Japanese term, translates to "One who went before", and is used for almost all levels of 'teaching'. But he is not Japanese, and is not teaching a Japanese art to Japanese. Therefore the use of "Sensei" is not appropriate.

    Refering to himself as "Master", "GrandMaster", etc. while seeming a bit "arrogant" might be more appropriate, given the generic nature of both the terms, and his approach.

    An excellent (IMHO) article on that term is at: http://www.furyu.com/archives/issue6/sensei.html
     
  6. Enson

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    there are some terms that sensei uses that are japanese... "the one who went before" would cualify him as sensei then. like a mentioned before he doesn't like to be called sensei but will tolerate it. he also goes by the term "founder, master instructor". i think sensei is a generic term anyway. if he couldn't use the word "sensei" then you can't use the word taco because its a spanish word.
     
  7. Enson

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    well i would consider this an answer...
    http://www.martialtalk.com/forum/showpost.php?p=306219&postcount=4

    maybe not everything he wanted but then again...
     
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    Whether he is "qualified" for the term, or if the term would be applied to him in another school, does not mean that he should use it, especially if his background, training, and current teaching methodology eschew the use of non-English, style/culture-specific terms.

    If he is going to teach in English, using English terms for techniques, then "sensei" doesn't really fit in the overall logic of his approach, does it?

    That's awfully nice of him... :rolleyes:

    So, what, you walk into the school and say "Good afternoon Founder Master Instructor Tews?" Quite the mouthful, that... Why can't he just use "Mister?" Why use a title of any kind, for that matter?

    And here your thinking errs terribly... When I say "taco" you and anyone else familiar with the term will conjure in their mind's eye an image of a kind of food consisting of, but not limited to, a hard or soft tortilla outer shell with meat, cheese, lettuce and other ingredients contained inside. When I say "sensei," the concept brought to mind with anyone familiar with the term is that of a martial arts teacher from a Japanese martial art. Not from a Chinese, Filipino, Indonesian, Russian, Korean or Greek martial art, mind you, but from a Japanese martial art.

    This is a symptom of an ongoing erroneous method of thinking that is very peculiar to American martial arts... The use of foreign language terms with no recognition nor acknowledgement of the term's actual meaning and appropriate use. American martial artists, most often from "homegrown" and/or questionable origins, feel that they can use whatever terms they like in order to associate their actions with something reputable and recognizable (thereby increasing their student enrollment).

    You can't just pick and choose what terms you use and don't use, nor can you pick and choose what they mean for you. They come from living, active languages, spoken by real people in the modern age, and therefore if you are going to use them you should use them correctly or not at all. All it does is make you look like an idiot for their misuse, and encourage the same ignorance to be perpetuated by your students. This is a disservice to the entire body of martial arts. It is selfish and arrogant for one teacher, student, or style to propagate misinformation solely to define thier autonomy.

    Oh yeah, it makes you look like a fake to people who know better, and that does little to further your goals. It degrades your legitimacy in the eyes of your peers and the martial arts community at large, and in the long run will assist in the decline of your art, ensuring its ultimate demise (regardless of its usefulness).

    Just a thought.

    :asian:
     
  9. Enson

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    as you might have noticed we are a non japanese style that is derived from a japanese concept. might help you for the future.

    i'll make sure he knows you think so:rolleyes:


    thanks?


    no not really... but although hayes's students use the word an-shu which pretty much means founder. the word "founder" doesn't sound as cool though does it?:rolleyes:



    awe man!
    not necessarily... that is a version of a taco... it also depends on where you are from.
    .
    okay.

    well even though you are against it... people can do whatever they want. and again its all on how your art is based. you might not like it but...

    not really... why would someone have to rename everything they do? because you say so? i don't think so. "if it ain't broke don't fix it!" should SENSEI TEW have to rename the katana blade too?:rolleyes:
     
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    1) Really? For a guy that supposedly “serves God” you sure are deceptive and bend the truth to fit your own agenda. See URL:
    http://www.selmacommunitychurch.org/pastoralstaff.htm

    I still haven’t gotten any clear answer to the following original questions I asked.

    1- How old is he? =I think the answer was 30s or 40s…..hmmm about 10 years to play with. Next time I’m asked my age I’ll use you type of answering method. “Well I’m older than a carrot and younger than a rock”

    2- What arts did he study?= Well for this one we found out that he studied 1 possibly fake art for sure, but it was said that he studied several arts…..which several? Out of the literally 1,000s of MA in the world could you pin it down for us?

    2A - How long did he study each art?= Never even came close to answer on that one.
    2B - What ranks did he reach in those arts?= got a seriously vague answer on this one. I was has the highest rank under Bussey….you never said exactly what rank and in which arts.
    2C - Who did he study under or with?= You said several arts but only mentioned one name. Again….vauge.

    3- How old was he when he founded his RTMS?= Didn’t even come close to answer n this one

    4- What is the difference between Rick Tew's Martial Science and Tew Ryu Ninjitsu?= I did get an answer on this! …..I was told they were “the same”.
    So if they are the same why then do they have different names?
    And if you claim you don’t want or have no connection to Japan then why call it Ninjutsu? Doesn’t make any sense.
    I think I will call my new great art the “Puerto Rico Dogsled Style”……I have never trained in Puerto Rico, can’t speak the language, never even seen a dogsled, but hey screw it I CAN DO WHATEVER I WANT!

    Actually I have one more question……often do you actually train “hands on” with Tew? ...or do you train with him via video tape?
     
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    1) What do he "go before".....
    2) If he doesn't like it why doesn't he ask you to call him something else.....God forbid we use something boring like the English word ....... "teacher"
    But I guess that wouldn't be "exotic" enough
    3) Generic for those that do a Japanese art it is…..which disqualifies Tew.
    4) I wouldn’t use the word taco if I were referring to a hamburger or vise versa. Would you call a taco a “Mexican Hamburger”….I doubt it.
     
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    Actually, I'll agree again with Robert...the answers provided are vauge at best.

    Mike
     
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    this is what i wrote:

    just in case you forgot.

    now about "serves God"... is that what we've come to now... and they say you only want to find the truth... right.:rolleyes: i'm bending the truth now? maybe "you can't handle the truth" (jack nickolson ((sP?)) "a few good men"):rofl: just be nice. i'm not trying to argue with you... just trying to show you a whole different world.
    check out the website though. its good. we even have video clips. thats just the webmaster in me promotin it though. hee hee!!
     
  14. RRouuselot

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    Ok, let's consider it........

    1) So what does he use as credentials to qualify him calling his style “Ninjutsu”?
    2) Could you be anymore vague?
    3) Ok, there is one fake style he studied…..and what the hell is tja kai?
    4) I guess nobody is allowed to ask?????
    5) If they aren’t different then why the need to use 2 names. Why not just make a clean break.
    6) Again, an appalling misuse of Japanese. Students are not a ryuha….
     
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    1) yup!
    2) Fire away...I'll take my chances.
    3) And which world would that be??? How to not answer a question.??
     
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    1) I like putting rocks in funny shapes….I think I’ll call myself a Druid. :rolleyes: I am also into ancient Swedish swords…..I think I will call myself a Viking as well….yes that’s it! I will call my style the “Druid Viking Puerto Rican Dogsled” style…Because I’m a “total warrior” not to be confused with a ½ warrior or even a ¼ warrior…and if anyone asks for information on my training I will tell them "I don't really like to talk about my past or my x-teachers" then proceed to try and sell them on some video classes……
    2) Probably why Tew uses Ninjutsu for whatever it is that he does…..like I said before it’s a marketing tool to get people that have no clue to come and join his school.
    3) Ah….and this has been the point of all my questions….what is his art based on?
    4) Uhhhh because they can prove no basis or connection for calling it by the name they are using
     
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    now wouldn't this be considered "sniping"? well there you go...
     
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    Actually no........1) is a joke, 2) is a conclusion as to why Tew uses Ninjutsu, 3) & 4) are just plain old boring replies
     
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    I saw #1 in a sarcastic vein and was quietly happy he didn't call it "inu yoshiki".

    (which is very probably very wrong, but .....) :D
     
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    :)
    Not bad.... I have to remember that!
     

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