CSC Disassociation Letter
Also For refference sake here is a copy of the letter delivered to the Soards from several of the independent Chinese Shaolin Centers to disassociate themselves from the Soards and take a stance against the recent issues:
Elder Masters David and Sharon Soard,
This letter is to inform you that we, a group of concerned instructors, are disassociating from the Chinese Shao-Lin Centers. It is with sadness that we have witnessed the dissolution of a community that all of us have cared for deeply, but we feel that the recent legal charges against Elder Master David and your business practices with the coalition of schools leave us with no other viable option.
We see loyalty to the principles of Shaolin and loyalty to individual instructors as two different things that often, but do not always, coincide. Our primary interest is to uphold the values of the art of Shaolin Kung Fu as we transmit it to another generation, which we believe your actions have compromised our ability to do. Based on the mutlitple charges of non-consensual sexual contact against Elder Master David, as well as business practices such as a lack of openly addressing serious issues in your organization and required visit hosting with an unsustainable financial model for the hosting schools, we believe we have no choice but to cease our relationship with your system of schools in order to maintain our integrity and the sustainability of our schools.
We are forming an alliance of independent Shaolin Centers. We will no longer be financially or otherwise supporting the CSC system and will no longer host Elder Master visits. Please remove us from your Chinese Shao-Lin Center websites. We will be deleting the names of the Chinese Shao-Lin Centers under your management presently.
This choice was not easy to make. Your instruction and our involvement with the CSCs has been a positive influence in all our lives. Our actions are not motivated by any malice toward you, but by our passion to preserve the true spirit of Shaolin and improve the development of both ours and future generations' quality of training and skill. Studying Shaolin is not about becoming living encyclopedias of Shaolin material, it is about developing as human beings. As we add stripes to our belts, we are also striving to add honesty, courage, generosity, patience, humility, compassion and a calm decisiveness in the face of challenge to the way we relate to our communities. To us, this is the true, balanced aim of our training, and one which we are excercising in this decision to separate from your system of schools.
Master John Keller
Head Instructor Boise, ID Shaolin Center
Head Instructor New York, NY Shaolin Center
Head Instructor Caldwell, ID Shaolin Center
Head Instructor Portland, OR Shaolin Center
Head Instructor Emmet, ID Shaolin Center
Associate Master Matt Small
Head Instructor Las Vegas, NV Shaolin Center
Head Instructors Phoenix/Tempe, AZ Shaolin Center
Head Instructor Seattle, WA Shaolin Center
Head Instructor San Jose, CA Shaolin Center