Another thing just surfaced on the UG forums about our good friend, Mr. Lang. I am a little leary as to whether I should post what was said, as it is at this moment, unsubstantiated.
Checkout the thread if you want any more info. The boys at UG are just a bunch of animals when it comes to info like this.
Okay calm down. If you are going to report what is over there wait and do it on a weekly basis. This is going into a YMAS level thread.
That's for everyone. If this is the UG's baby let them handle it and we can give them credit for the results on this thread.
December 27, 2010
I’m seeking out the Gilbert Pouillart who coauthored the Judo beginner’s book Judo Techniques & Tactics; if you’re not the one, kindly disregard this letter. If you are that Gilbert Pouillart, however, I would like to bring to your attention that a man named David Lang in Ithaca, New York is claiming to have received from you the rank of black belt in “Judo Jiu-Jitsu.” The matter is being discussed on several martial arts internet forums including this one:
h t t p://w w w.b u l l s h i d o.net/forums/showthread.php?t=102118
Have you ever awarded any kind of martial arts rank to this David Lang? I’ll be happy to post your reply to set the record straight. Feel free to write me or email me in French if you wish; I read French much better than I write French. Thank you.
I had given up on a reply when much to my surprise I found a handwritten letter from Pouillart in my mailbox when I got home from work tonight:
10 janvier 2011
Dear Mr. xxxxxxxxxx,
I’m effectively the G. Pouillart you were looking for. And your letter was for me an amazing thing.
Let me tell you some facts:
1) In France, all “dans” (ranks in the Black belt) are delivered only by FFJDA (French Federation of Judo and Associated disciplines), under State control, in accordance with our national laws.
The Professors of Judo, necessarily owning the “Diplôme d’ Etat”, may only allow “kyus” (ranks under the first dan) to their pupils.
2) As far as I’m concerned, I never heard the name of a “David Lang”. More, I never had opportunity to visit USA. So, I couldn’t teach any American pupil. Further, I’m 86 years old, and my teaching activities ended in 1998.
3) When I received your letter, I phoned to Mr. Didier Janicot, co author with me of the book you referred to, and member of the headstaff of FFJDA.
He knew something of this affair, and told me he wished I should answer your letter. That I do here.
4) You could ask your Mr. Lang for any document as license or black belt card from FFJDA…
You surely have noticed my somewhat rusty English. For that, I apologize. I hope nevertheless my letter should help you.
PS: I send today copy of this letter to Mr. Janicot. You surely know that address:
Fédération Française de Judo, Jiu jitsu, Kendo et disciplines associés 43 rue des Plantes 75680 PARIS CEDEX 14 Téléphone: 01.40.52.16.46
Wow, I'm amazed you actually got a letter back Duck!
Thank you Duck, for your superb work on this investigation.