May I take a very probable guess why Dan wont go to the Phillipines?
Im sorry for entering this thread 4 years after you posted, it is kinda weird, but only because I think I have the answer and no one seems to, that I have an itch to stick my 2 cents in. Sort of like Im helping someone to scratch an itch, a curiosity if you will. Ok a bit about me.
Originally Posted by Flipper
Im 53, and back 25 years ago when I was living in Las Vegas, I studied JKD with a man named Jack Soderburg whose older kung fu brother was Paul Vunak and Rich Bustillo. As well he got some training in with Dan also. Now, 25 yrs ago, when we got Rich to come down from Cali to Vegas to give us a seminar, ,my teacher tried to get Dan to come also, but Dan wasnt available. As in for the rest of the year, unavailable! So if 25 yrs ago, when JKD and Phillipino arts werent 1/2 as p[opular as they are now and Dan was booked up, imagine now what it would take.
So I suspect Dan has no connection in any way to the Phillipines and no relatives he knows and has no desire to gothere for any reason. It is for example why I, being of Russian ancestry, have no desire to take up the art of Sambo or Systema. I dont consider myself russian at all. Its been 80 years since any of my relatives were there. Im 1005 American. Thats reason #1. Now it gets simpler.
Reason #2-Have you ever noticed there are 2 kinds of teachers in Martial arts. Rarely youll find mixtures of both but usually not. Okay, one type of teacher is rarely at the school that has his name on it, because he is always "giving a seminar somewhere" (in other words going for the travel, money and excitement. Nothing wrong if thats your thing) But then you have the second kind of teacher, and I have been blessed with them. These are teachers that if they are sick, they dont cancel a class. If their car breaks down,they get a lift. Unless their mother dies(literally!) they never, ver, ver take a vacation or miss teaching a class. They consider it their obligation. As strong as a husbands obligation to return home to his wife every evening.(in that case make it stronger!!!! lol ) So, as a gambling man, Im willing to wager good money, that Dan will never go "back home" as one poster put it because he feels he has an obligation to the people who have given their loyalty for years to him. #2-He wont go to the Phillipines because then people will start hounding him, beseiging him is a better word, with phone calls and emails asking "When are you coming back?" and thats a door he doesnt want to open. #3 If Im wrong in any way about the first 2 reasons...then you can bet yopur a$$ or as the brits love to say, your arse, that he IS booked up with super high paying seminars maybe 9-12 months out! So take your pick. Oh...and I almost forgot, when a person ages(Yes I was a psych major in college) they develop year by year, a reluctance to go to unfamiliar places and their world gets smaller, so if Dan never went back in his youth and prime......he aint never going back! If anyone would like to bet I'm wrong, I'm willing to listen. BTW.. as one poster was saying about teachers never getting better than their teachers... that's another discussion but true here as well. Why did no one Dan trained ever become at least his equal, especially since age is not on his side at this time of his life? I will tell you straight up, one (of many) reasons is that greatness is sometimes born and not made.Sometimes. My teacher told me that Dan was able to run the 100 yard dash in college at the speed of an Olympic sprinter, AND...was offered a shot to play baseball for a minor league team and for personal reasons refused. "He could play almost any sport well." So.... if we could each have Dan's body, his athletic prowess, his calm, his lack of ego, and nervous system, I will make a bet that we would all be champions in any martial art we chose. How else could Dan get a black belt in BJJ at such advanced age. The way studying computers 12 hours a day,7 days a week will never let you start another Microsoft or be another Bill Gates, as Clint Eastwood said in a movie once..."A mans gotta know his limitations." I can tell you more of my JKD observations seeing Pauls students 25 yrs ago if anyone wants to ask polite questions. And if Im wrong, please....tell me so! I studied as a reporter would for 30 years, why some people become great fighters in a comparatively short time training 60-90 min a day, and some teachers have admitted to me that after 30 years of training that "I look good in the dojo, but in a real fight against a maniac with no hesitation to take a life thats on Angel Dust, I wouldn't have a chance."
But there is one thing the greats in any sport or martial art have, the rest of us dont. And "Uncle Bill" of Kuntao fame told me what it is. One day I will write an article about it.
peace to all,