Ladies and Gentlemen:
I am often very quiet about the goings on DD but there are times when
silence is not an option. Master Tomlinson, I appreciate your chronology of Mr. Pelligrini's history but there are a few facts that was left out. Before I say
anything let me make perfectly clear that I have no issue with Mr Pelligrini.
he is where is because "the system" permitted it. I will add to what Master
Tomlinson wrote because it's history and if it will help someone to make an
informed decision, I am all for it. What I have to add is based on my own
personal experience with him.
Mr. Pelligrini was also a member of the World Oriental Martial Arts
Federation (WOMAF) and the Korean Hapkido Federation (KHF) both led by GMs Sang Kook Kim and James Garrison or Portland, Oregon. He became a member of WOMAF and KHF circa 1990 then a 1st dan issued by GM Michael Wollmershauser who led the AHA. In 1992, Mr. tested for his 2nd dan at a seminar led by GM Garrison at seminar in Las Vegas. I, then a 5th dan, was a member of the exam board. Mr. Pellegrini was issued a provisional 2nd dan because is performance at the exam was not satisfactory. He was extended this privilege based on GM Arthur Gitlin and my recommendation. GM Garrison was against this idea but he went along with it.
Shortly after that weekend GM Gitlin received a letter from Mr. Pellegrini resigning his membership on the ground that standards set by GM Garrison was too high and therefore unattainable. That's I know personally.
Ian A. Cyrus, Headmaster
In a message dated 4/16/2007 4:15:27 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
I feel what Dakin is saying and I agree..work out with who you want, spend
your money on what you want...BUT please don't get defensive and mad when guys on here tell you the truth who were there and not gossiping but
informing people of the "actual history" it's a service to people to hear
this information and not a bashing on anyone....I'm getting too old for all
..I don't think Pelligrini got his BB in 1988 but I could be mistaken...the
only way I know about all of this is because I was personally there on the
mat when it all happened...Orange City...Chester Holubecki's Dojo...it was
where MY instructor taught HKD at that time...we worked out there 3 times a
week religiously and a lot of times on Saturday too, every class was 2 and a
half hours or more...once a year Mike Wollmershauser came down to do a three to five day AHA seminar...Chester was from Springfield Mass, Mike W. was from Springfield Mass, and my instructor Steve Mortel who was one of Hal Whalen's first black belts, had moved to my area of Florida from
Boston....lot's of Mass. guys who knew each other....that's why we were at
an Isshin Ryu Karate Dojo doing "real" HKD..plus Chester had some really
good mats which were hard to find in the early 90's and late 80's...anywho
Pelligrini owned a tkd school in Sunrise Florida and ONLY came up for the
seminar..no one in our area knew him at all....I saw him recieve his 1st dan
from Mike W..Pelligrini didn't do HKD then,..and knew nothing about HKD
before that seminar.
..by 1992 I was testing for my 1st dan with Hal Whalen
and we were in the WHF under Kwang Sik Myung...Pelligrini was NOW in the WHF so I was aware of his entire HKD history in the very early stages....ask
yourself this??? Pelligrini recieved his 1st and 2nd dan in the AHA...and
they were basically honorary...then he jumped to the WHF when Mike W.
wouldn't promote him anymore, where did I hear this? From Mike W.
personally...no worries..doesn't concern me and I have nothing but good
things to say about Mike W., he treated me great and showed me some awesome HKD..plus he was good friends with Hal Whalen and Steve Mortel...by 1993 or so Pelligrini was now a 4th or 5th dan in HKD under Myung....did I agree with this???
No, was it my business, no....so whatever..BUT...he was in the
AHA and the WHF and that is the ONLY place he trained in HKD before he
started his own thing....ok...fast tracked with two honorary HKD black belts
in the AHA and skipped to 4th and 5th in the WHF,,, ALL WITHIN ABOUT 6
YEARS!!! I'm not saying anything about anyone on here...it is just the
facts.....just one question more and I'll stop..... Why doesn't Pelligrini
state these facts on his website???? I read all the info on his link with
all his accolades and accomplishments and history...why would he not put his
training on there with the AHA and the WHF....it doesn't make sense to me
that you would leave off the two organizations where you recieved your
actual HKD training???? Why is that??? Just some facts and questions....again...I don't care who or where anyone trains with....it's
all up to you..if you love training with him that is great and I am happy
for you..but putting advertisements on here about a seminar with marketing
stuff that some of us old timers no better will get these kind of facts
stated everytime...it's not bashing...it's our duty as old time HKD people
to let EVERYONE know...you make your own choices and decisions...but at
least you know the truth...