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    Originally posted by overseas View Post
    If I am not wrong, some of the posters here got 'explanations' from TA that he was not champion in a formal, legal federation but he was the champion of a terrible secret fierce illegal competition bla bla... Even if Tony claimed he was a trainer in IKFF, he never said his kung fu titles were with IKFF.
    Well I will ask if they train bodyguards then. I am not pretending this is the keystone to the investigation but it certainly won't hurt it. So in the meantime think of some other areas we can pursue

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      It won't hurt to ask.

      Get as much information as possible from as many sources as possible - then see how it all fits into the big picture.

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        Originally posted by overseas View Post
        .. Even if Tony claimed he was a trainer in IKFF, he never said his kung fu titles were with IKFF.
        Apparently, he was sponsored so, there should be some record.

        http://www.crimperman.org/1997/10/01...ony-testimony/

        Free indeed – Tony Anthony’ testimony

        October 1st, 1997As a grand master my grandfather trained me rigorously and by the age of 7 I was already a black belt. At the age of 11 I returned to England to live with my parents, people I had no real relationship with and possessing very little spoken English or knowledge of English way of life. I went to school (learned English very rapidly) but continued my Kung fu training alongside this under the guidance of the International Kung fu Federation (IKFF), who paid for my tuition and sponsored me in competitions. Over my teenage years I entered & won many competitions and tournaments both in this country and overseas and was International (World) champion 3 years running.

        When I left school it was my martial arts that earnt me my living as I worked as an instructor and later as a bodyguard for the IKFF security division and civilian trainer of man to man combat to the military. I was able to support my parents and myself, and although much of my work was dangerous, unorthodox and sometimes even illegal I was happy with my life and had no desire for anything more. In my late teens I met and fell in love with a girl called Aiya, a beautiful blind girl from Sweden and we made plans to get married. At this time I was working abroad a lot instructing Kung fu and during one of my assignments Aiya was involved in a serious car accident and died. Needless to say I was distraught and my contentment with my life disappeared. I proceeded to take more and more dangerous work not caring if I lived or died. Since diagnosis my father’s condition had got progressively worse and it was during this period of intense grief that my parents told of a groundbreaking treatment available in Switzerland that may cause a remission in the MS They obviously wanted to try it but the procedure was colossally expensive. I did not have the money but in my insecure state of mind decided that I would steal the money, this I did and gave it to my parents for the treatment. This all occurred whilst I was working in Cyprus and it did not take long for the Cypriot Police to catch up with me. Eventually after much abusive interrogation I was tried and sentenced to 3 years in prison.

        Life in the Nicosia Central Prison was one of hardship, violence and the need for self-preservation. I was obviously able to protect myself and had to do so on numerous occasions. This was not the place where I expected to find the greatest friend I would ever know or the peace and forgiveness that I knew I did not deserve. And yet that is precisely what I did find.

        When I was arrested my parents deserted me and so I had had no visitors at all since getting to the prison. Needless to say, when I was offered the chance of a visitor I jumped at the chance. It didn’t matter that I didn’t know who this visitor was or why he could possibly want to visit me – just a different face was enough. And so, began a series of visits which would change my life. My visitor was a man named Michael Wright, a missionary from Northern Ireland; he came in, week in week out and just spent time with me. He didn’t preach to me he just allowed me to talk and eventually I asked him why he always had a smile, why he “wasted” his time each week to visit me and so on. It was then that he explained to me about Jesus and how much He had changed his life, and that by believing in Jesus with all my heart could give me real freedom (John 8:31-32,36).

        It all seemed too good to be true, but I definitely felt there was something missing in my life and one night in my cell I prayed to Jesus and asked Him (if He really was there!) to come and be part of my life and change me. I can’t say what I expected but all I know is that I woke the next morning with a peace in my heart that I had never known before and strange as it may seem I felt freer inside that prison than I had ever felt before on the outside. I was free from the sin that had bound me and I had a whole new life ahead. Life in the prison was still difficult and I even had to serve extra time for being a Christian but with Jesus in my life nothing seemed unbearable.

        I was released and returned to England in November 1992 and although life has not always been a bed of roses I have felt God’s goodness and His guiding hand time and again! He has given me a life again – a wife, a job, a home, a family in the people of God and as I enter the next “adventure” of my life, that of being a father myself I know that my heavenly Father has His hand upon me and just as He led me to Himself in that prison in Nicosia He will put me where He wants me and show me the path that my life will take from this point on for His glory!

        God spoke to my heart through the Bible with the verses below, I hope you can enjoy them too, and that the love of my Lord Jesus can be as real to you as it certainly is to me, life changing!

        Tony Anthony

        Tony is Evangelism (and founding) Director of Avanti Ministries. You can find out more about him and Avanti at http://www.avantiministries.com

        Ephesians 1:6-8 Romans 8:1 Exodus 15:1,2,11,12,16-18 Psalm 107: 10-15 Psalm 119:44,45 2 Timothy 1:7 Galatians 5:22,23 2 Corinthians 3:17 John 8:31,32,36
        Yes, he can play word games all he wants. He was sponsored.

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          Yo Mr P any progress to report on the meeting with TA or has he silenced you with his deadly stare.

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            Haha, The meeting is on the 11/03/10.

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              Originally posted by Mr P View Post
              Haha, The meeting is on the 11/03/10.
              Just for clarification is that March 11 or Nov 3? The users of this site have differing ways to show dates.

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                March 11th.

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                  Originally posted by Mr P View Post
                  March 11th.
                  Will be interesting to see what he says, I have emailed the org IMAF/IKFF but have not received a reply so will try via a different route

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                    TA has postponed our meeting until 31 March.

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                      Following on from IFF's post do we now have a way of finding out TA's actual name?
                      We now his birth date (1969), we know the age he said he returned to England (11) and we know from the above article he says he was sponsored after this time whilst he was a teenager.

                      If the IKFF sponsored him, and if they are able to give us the details, all we need to know is what teenage boys they sponsored between the years of 1980 and 1989. We should then be able to filter out people until we get to TA.

                      To the person already in contact with the IKFF, can you ask who they sponsored through that period?

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                        incentive for IKF

                        It should be pointed in the letter/ message to IKF that there is a guy associating his name with IKF(F) in a dubious manner (training bodyguards etc). So it should be in the best interest of IKF to help clear things up.
                        Anyway, this will not help as TA is already manipulating the details of his biography. He never admitted that IKF = IKFF from Switzerland !?

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                          Is It True

                          If TA was born 1969 he was world champion at 18 years old and chief body guard to Amin Fahed(I can't even prove this name) Saudia Arabian Ambassador around the same time. In prison 1990 at 21 years.

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                            I have registered here to join in the TA "investigation". Today I contacted Faye at Avanti hoping to speak to Tony. I wanted to ask him if he would be willing to publicly show the scars on his arms from when he picked up he "burning cauldron". Unfortunately he was unavailable. She passed my message on to him and he has agreed to show me the scars (not the entire audience as he has a running order) at a meeting in my home town very soon. These scars have been mentioned in this thread previously and it seems some people have met Tony before - why has nobody mentioned seeing them or even asked to? Clearly they are not irrefutable evidence of anything other than him being burned so I would like to know if anybody else has scars like this or has performed a similar ceremony which left scars. Please give me information/pictures to allow for comparison if so. Any time within the next 30 seconds would be good

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                              Originally posted by overseas View Post
                              It should be pointed in the letter/ message to IKF that there is a guy associating his name with IKF(F) in a dubious manner (training bodyguards etc). So it should be in the best interest of IKF to help clear things up.
                              Anyway, this will not help as TA is already manipulating the details of his biography. He never admitted that IKF = IKFF from Switzerland !?
                              There is some confusion here. It is not the IKF under whom Tony is claiming sponsorship or a world championship. The IKF is a reputable and known body.

                              Tony is claiming these things under the IKFF. This is completely different. The IKFF is believed to be the IMAF/IKFF (its on their earlier seals/badges. Have a look in the history bit). Their website can be found here: http://www.martialarts-kungfu.com/index.html

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                                TigerTamer, welcome.

                                There was a Tony Antoni born in the Hendon (north london area) district in 1969.
                                His mothers maiden name is Greek/Cypriot.
                                (I have the records)
                                Last edited by PDA; 2/24/2010 2:50pm, .

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