Vandenberg's Iron Circle (Questionable New Book)
The book is "The Iron Circle: The True Life Story of Dominiquie Vandenberg", transcribed & edited by Rick Rever. Like other martial arts storybooks billed as non-fiction (Dux's "The Secret Man", Bannon's "Race Against Evil"), this one is heavy in talk about secret training camps, "death matches", fights, mercenaries, illicit dealings, spywork and the like. Very light on full names and facts that can be checked, although Vandenberg claims to have been a member of the French Foreign Legion (french speaking volunteers? Anyone?). To have a look, see:
I have many other problems with this book and its author's claims, but I'm going to start small here. Vandenberg relates that he ran away to Okinawa as a 16 year old to live and study at a "secret" training camp for a "new" Japanese martial art called Kunto (this means "fist-way" according to Vandenberg) under the direction of a teacher called Nikoi Takimuro. Now, this ought to sound familiar to those of you who have been following the Dux threads over the years:
"When I learned that Kunto was also a competitive martial art and that every four years the Nikoi Takimuro Kunto Federation sponsored an international competition, I decided then and there that no matter what it took I was going to enter that competition and win." (2004:28).[emphasis mine]
Remember Frank Dux's claims that his secret "kumite" was held every 5 yrs? Sheesh.
According to Vandenberg, Nikoi Takimuro "only accepts the best", and is a "legend", and has this "Kunto" training camp based in...Okinawa. So, you've all heard of him? Has anyone heard of Nikoi Takamura, a Japanese m.a. called "Kunto", or any kind of full contact training camp on Okinawa? Since "Kuntao" is supposedly an MMA type of art w/ grappling, anyone know of any MMA fighters who have studied it?
On the cover of the book, Vandenberg shows a tattoo which includes the kanji for "Kyokushinkai", the date 1986 at the base, and above it, "Okinawa". The kanji aren't particularly well done, with the "Shin" in kyoku-shin-kai being overly long, and the first kanji, "Kyoku" being rather small and spindly. Asthetic criticisms, yes...but why have "Kyokushinkai" and "Okinawa" in the same tattoo?! Kyokushinkai is not Okinawan! Why not a tattoo saying "Kun-to".
I thought Kunto (kun-tao) was an art from the Philippines. In Japanese, I don't think it makes sense in the m.a. context. This book really has my B.S.-detector sounding off. Comments, help, criticism?
So many frauds, so little time...
Opening line of Amazon.com Editorial Review:
"Vandenberg coordinates fight scenes for major movies..."
Just like Frank Dux!