This announcement is for all kyuds and kyudais, and for all who, for whatever reasons, continue to follow the ups and downs of the Kuntaw Martial Arts, the Arts that GGM Carlito A. Lanada, Sr. had inherited from his ancestors, propagated with his sweat and blood alongside with Sultana Mely, founded amidst hardships, and victoriously made Kuntaw to become one of the well-known and well-respected martial arts styles in the world – the Kuntaw with the “W”, which nowadays becomes a precious “commodity” for others to adopt it, which for some have ironically make it as if it is of their own; others acted as if they wanted to protect the true Kuntaw that the GGM had founded; others have twisted it to make it as if it is a new style that they can claim for themselves.
For those who are and were, in any point of their martial arts training, became a member of the GGM lineage, or had come across or cross-trained with the GGM, the GGM and the Sultana would like to inform you that in their maturing age, they will institute Kuntaw housekeeping to clean the organization of the dust and the rust that continue to attack the very foundation of the Kuntaw Martial Arts and the IKF/KNP/NATO/MKA. Nobody will be spared this time both within and outside the Lanada family. The GGM will face his nemesis with truth, and to the best of his ability, with a certain degree of respect if it is warranted.
For those active kyuds and kyudais that allow themselves become followers of some who actively (covertly or overtly) out there to destroy the very foundation of the Kuntaw Martial Arts, the GGM and the Sultana are giving you the opportunity to turn around and submit yourselves to the legitimate IKF Country Directors, who are instructed to accept you with peace and discuss matters for the betterment of the IKF organization. The IKF organization has a mechanism in-place and it is working effectively.
- The IKF President is the person who has overall operational authority and is in-charge with the IKF and the Kuntaw Martial Arts operations around the world. The IKF President has signed Letter of Commitment, Obedience and Loyalty with the GGM in this regard and is bound to uphold it at all times. If the IKF President cannot uphold it, it would be better for that person to resign.
- The IKF Country Directors are the kyuds/kyudais who has overall operational authority and is in-charge with the IKF and the Kuntaw Martial Arts operations within his/her country jurisdiction. The IKF Country Directors report to the IKF President and have signed Letter of Commitment, Obedience and Loyalty with the GGM in this regard and they are bound to uphold it at all times. If they cannot uphold it, it would be better for them to resign.
- The IKF Commissioners, chapter instructors and other officers report to the IKF Country Directors, neither to IKF President nor to the Chief Executive Director (CED). The IKF Commissioners have signed Letter of Commitment, Obedience and Loyalty with the GGM in this regard and they are bound to uphold it at all times. If they cannot uphold it, it would be better for them to resign.
- The CED can go directly to the IKF Country Directors or the IKF Commissioners ONLY on matters of guidance and other non-technical and operational matters, and on matters where the integrity of the IKF and Kuntaw Martial Arts are at stake and disturbed, however without bypassing the IKF President’s authority and responsibility.
The GGM and the Sultana, as part of their housekeeping initiatives in order to protect the ancestral Kuntaw Martial Arts and the IKF, and to preserve them for the next generation of Kuntawistas, do not and will not withhold actions that may lead to striking-off any kyud or kyudai either a family member or not from the IKF Roster and the Kuntaw Martial Arts.
The GGM speaks boldly to those who are in the Philippines and working against the interest of IKF and the Kuntaw Martial Arts. Kuntaw is a Filipino Martial Arts founded by the GGM, a Filipino by birth, flesh and blood. You are a Filipino by birth, flesh and blood, and you live in the nation that rebelled and repelled the bond of slavery imposed upon by the conquistadores and imperialists. If you are a humble and a principled Filipino Kuntawista, why do you make yourself an instrument of a foreigner whose only aim is to destroy the very fiber of the Kuntaw Martial Arts that the GGM has founded first for the Filipinos, then next to the world? Nobody has the “blood” right to use “Maharlika” except those Filipinos who have blood lineage belonging to the royal ancestry in the South. The GGM and the members of the biological Lanada family have that “blood” in their veins. Nobody has the birthright to use “Maharlika” except those Filipinos whose blood that flows on every fiber of their veins is a blood of a Filipino. If you have this blood, why do you allow yourself to be led and be ruled by a non-Filipino whose only aim is to build a divide between Filipinos, and between Kuntawistas. Kung ang pagsama mo diyan ay dahil sa pride or pera, mahiya ka kyud/kyudai dahil para kang si Makapili (magbasa ka ng Philippine History para malaman mo ang ibig sabihin ng Makapili). Bumalik ka sa IKF at tumulong sa pagtaguyod ng Kuntaw. Mas kayang tanggapin ng GGM ang pagsama mo sa mga Pilipinong kyuds/kyudais na humiwalay sa IKF, at least Pilipino ang mga yun at may birthright kaysa diyan sa dayuhan na ginagamit ka lang upang ituro mo sa kanya ang iyong kaalaman. Mag-isip ka at maging matuwid bago dumating ang bagyo.
The GGM and the Sultana reiterate that as long as the GGM is alive, he is and will always be the Supreme Authority of Kuntaw Martial Arts and the IKF/KNP/NATO/MKA.
The GGM always says “Walang sumisira sa bakal kundi ang sarili nitong kalawang.”
To all kyuds and kyudais, please be guided accordingly.