Frank Dux & Fakes in General FAQ
Not to "out Dux" everyone....
Here is a series on Frank Dux I've been working on recently, the Dux & Research FAQ part 1 & 2a & 2b, plus parts 1 & 2 of some Dux research I've been working on. (more are coming--please be patient & leave some room!).
That aside, here are some short answers to questions people have frequently asked me.
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Frank Dux & Fakes in General FAQ Part 1:
by M.C. Busman
Q: Why Dux, still, after all of this time?
A: The "Death Match" phenomenon started in 1980 when Frank Dux apparently fooled Black Belt magazine editor (at the time) John Stewart into buying his claims of having, among other things, had a secret ninja teacher, Been decorated for his actions in Vietnam, and fought and won an oddly constructed "secret" competition which Dux referred to as the "Kumite".
Since that time, many other questionable martial artists have emulated the claims of Frank Dux. Mr. Dux started a fad! As he is the root of this growing phenomenon, his early claims and actions should be examined so that we can better understand the motivations of the men who make such claims, and examine their impact upon martial arts, public perception, and the like.
Oh yeah, I don't like people who take advantage of the trust of others by being untruthful with them. Maybe we can stop deceptive actions before they gather too many loyal fans.
Q: Do you hate Frank Dux?
Q: Do you have a life?!!
A: Yes. I have a family, a job, friends and hobbies I enjoy in addition to researching questionable martial artists.
Q: Why do you post these articles? At no charge?
A: I've always felt the least we can do to thank the people who provide free forums and access to beneficial information is to share thoroughly researched stuffola in return. My policy is to write articles & post 'em on free-access sites w/ referrences whenever possible so people may do their own research and come to their own conclusions. It's the least I can do to repay the people who are nice enough to host places like Bullshido. I consider everything I've written & posted to be public domain, so feel free to copy & paste. Please include my email at the beginning or end of the article/post if you do copy & paste so people can direct further inquiries & complaints directly to me.
Q: Why do some martial artists claim to have fought in death matches, anyway?
A: My opinion is that people who make claims like this are either 1. mentally disturbed, and/or 2. wish for richer lives than they actually lead.
There is a trend among some to want something for nothing. This is why there are probably more 10th dan than white belts (o.k., that's an exaggeration. But someday...). In telling people that one has accomplished many dangerous, risky deeds, the teller appears brave and experienced, whether s/he had such experiences or not. Most listeners are conditioned to believe what they hear from someone who looks honest to them. Usually, all he has to do is be a generally nice guy, charismatic and convincing, and not be too outlandish based on the listeners field of experience.
Unfortunately, most people's field of experience concerning real martial arts is developed from observing fictitious kung fu and martial arts films such as "Enter the Dragon", "The Octagon", and a multitude of others. People believe because they want to. It makes them feel nice. Feeling doubtful is a yucky feeling that inspires guilt and conflicting emotions in many.
Q: O.K., but I'm still not sure I just want to take your word for it. What are some sources on Frank Dux I can read myself?
A: Try These:
Dux, Frank & Dr. Mark D. Selner. "Unlocking Power: Keys to Success", in Black Belt, September 1980 Volume 18 #9, 46-50:58.
Dux, Frank. "Self Defense Against Knives", in Black Belt, October 1980 V.18 #10, 30-34.
Stewart, John. "Kunite: A Learning Experience", in Black Belt, November 1980 v. 18 #11, 28-34, 91.
Various, Letters to the Editor in Black Belt, Yearbook 1980, Vol. 19 #1: 94.
Klein, Michele. "Frank Dux: The Man Behind the Legend", in Inside Kung Fu Presents: The Complete Guide to Ninja Training, May 1987: 48-53.
Dux, Frank & Gordon F. Richiusa. "The Guide to Ninjutsu Knife Fighting", in Inside Kung Fu Presents: The Complete Guide to Ninja Training, July 1987: 76-79.
Johnson, John. "Ninja:Hero or Master Fake: Others Kick holes in Fabled Past of Woodland Hills Martial Arts Teacher" in Los Angeles Times[/u] Valley Edition, May 1, 1988, Metro, Part 2, Page 4.
Bailey, Larry. "Stolen Valor: Profiles of a Phoney Hunter" in Soldier of Fortune, November 1998: 58-61, 73.
"Full Mental Jacket" in Soldier of Fortune, August 1996.
Interviews and Articles Online:
"Frank Dux v. Jean Claude Van Damme" (1998) Court T.V. Archives, see:
Interview on the G. Gordom Liddy Show, March 27 1997.
Warren Cowan & Associates, "A Conversation With Frank Dux, Author of The Secret Man" in Martial Arts Magazine (ND).
Interview on the Kelly Worden Show on KLEY. May 01, 2004.
Hom, James. "Meet Frank Dux". at: http://martialarts.jameshom.com/libr.../aa073001a.htm
Burkett, B.G. (1998). Stolen Valor. Verity Press: Dallas, TX.
Dux, Frank. (1996). The Secret Man. Regan Books: New Yory, NY.
~~~If you have other sources, please email me~~~
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