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GM William J. Spence visit with GGM

GM William J. Spence visit with GGM – IKF KUNTAW

Notice: This https://www.facebook.com/groups/kuntawikf/ is the official facebook page of the International Kuntaw Federation. The only site and FB for GGM Carlito Lanada Sr. and GM Carlito Lanada Jr. The domain name ‘internationalkuntawfederation.com‘ has been acquired by Canada and Virgina. There is another facebook page /kuntawikf which claims to be the official page, but it is not. It is being run by the false IKF in Canada and Virginia.

The main IKF site is ‘internationalkuntawfederation.net‘. And this is the main FB site facebook.com/groups/kuntawikf/

The false sites, which includes kuntaw.net, is putting false information out.
As witness below GGM promoted GM William Spence to GM rank in 2012. This photo was taken last week as William Spence visited his father-in-law and teacher as he is a First Generation student and part of the Lanada family.

GM William Spence has been studying Kuntaw since 1978. He was promoted to Black Belt at the 1979 IKF inauguration and was appointed as the IKF secretary. He became the 3rd active member of the IKF at that time.

He faithfully fulfilled that role until he became the President/Executive Director.

With the many changes in mind of the GGM there were others.

Then in 2012 GGM promoted me to GM and I took on being the Executive Director again.

GGM is now in a very fragile state after his stroke. He has become highly susceptible to anything people say. That is why he has also been dooped out of the IKF name and logo:

Registration Number: 4390805


Registration Number: 4297515

Description of Mark: Color is not claimed as a feature of the mark. The mark consists of the literal elements “W W” written in stylized form wherein inverted letter “W” separated by a belt knuckle and all this is placed inside a circle.


To all Kuntaw World Wide, the International Kuntaw Federation is no more. It is officially DISBANNED as of now. Any and all past, present and future notices, emails, documents, certificates, etc. are hereby nullified.

The new organization is “IKF WORLD KUNTAW  FEDERATION”

Stay tuned!

IKF KUNTAW GrandMasters

This site endorses the following GrandMasters for IKF Kuntaw Worldwide:

GM Lowell Cothern (Deceased) IKF Kuntaw GGM/GM-01
GM Jonathan Bais IKF Kuntaw GGM/GM-02
GM Junn Benjie Ortiz IKF Kuntaw GGM/GM-03
GM William Jesse Spence IKF Kuntaw GGM/GM-04
GM Steven Dowd IKF Kuntaw GGM/GM-05
GM Alicia Kossmann Kuntaw Legacy No certificate issued yet
GM Carlito (Junn) G. Lanada, Jr. Kuntaw ng Pilipinas No certificate issued yet
GM Jaime Lanada Kuntaw ng Pilipinas No certificate issued yet

There are no other recognized IKF World Kuntaw Federation GrandMasters.

GM Steven Dowd visit with GGM

Last May of 2015 I finally accepted the rank of Grandmaster from Great Grandmaster Carlito A. Lanada Sr. of Kuntaw after being offered many times since 1996. Some had a problem with it and said it was not true – certificate –

While on my way to the Remy Presas Hall of Fame Foundation 2016 at the Villanova University, after visiting with Guro Jerome Teague in Nashville, and my daughter and grand kids in Concord, N. Carolina, I passed through Wilson, N Carolina and visited with Great Grandmaster Lanada. – picture Great Grandmaster Lanada and myself with certificate –

Also presented Great Grandmaster Lanada with a painting of a picture I took of him while taking pictures of my first Kuntaw book at the school on base at the Subic Naval Station in the Philippines in 1977, and then had it painted by a friend in 1978. – Great Grandmaster with painting – 
When first receiving the certificate I asked him about it since he had moved to N. Carolina from San Diego CA, and this is what he responded.

Kyud Steven

With regards to your promotion to Grandmaster, everything okay, you’re so qualified. Anyone question your credential I will answer them.

Your loyal to the Federation, seniority and support were enough of being Grandmaster to the Kuntaw World Federation.

Kyud Lito A. Lanada Sr.
Founder & Executive Director of the Federation.
Had a long talk with Great Grandmaster Lanada and his wife Kyudai Mely, and dinner – picture Great Grandmaster Lanada and his wife Kyudai Mely – and – dinner – Also Kyud Al and his wife and family. Thanks for helping me get to Great Grandmaster.

So to those that; have a problem deal with it – cause all I can say to you is dilligaf.
It is not the certificate but the knowledge that counts. I have the knowledge do you?

Also tried to visit with Kyudai Alicia and Kyud Bill of Kuntaw legacy, but was told before the trip they would be up north at an event for their daughter, sorry I missed them, maybe next time.

Steven Dowd promoted and promulgated Kuntaw and Great Grandmaster Lanada, Grandmaster Dowd has served as:
1978 – 1982 Maharlika Kuntaw Federation – Director U.S.A.
1978 – 1982 Kuntaw ng Pilipinas – Coordinator U.S.A. Subic Naval Base, Philippines
1979 – 1982 – Member Board of Director International Kuntaw Federation
President of the IKF from 1982 – 1991

Also writing many articles for various magazines, and in the FMAdigest and FMA Informative newspaper and issues and books.

Articles written on Kuntaw by Steven Dowd

– The Art of Kuntaw – Inside Kung-Fu – June 1983 / Vol 10 No 6

– Sweep Your Opponent – The Kuntaw Way! – Inside Kung-Fu – May 1984 / Vol 11 No 5

– The Man Behind the Art of Kuntaw – Inside Kung-Fu – January 1995 – Vol 22 No 1

– Sayaw-An — The Dancing Techniques of Kuntaw – Martial Arts Masters – March 1995 \ Vol 3 No 2

– Showing the Forms of Filipino Kuntaw – Journal of Asian Martial Arts – 1997 – Vol 6 No 2
(Note: The Publisher changed the title by adding Lima-Lima which has nothing to do with the article)

– Kuntaw – Filipino Martial Arts magazine – May/June 1998 – Vol 1 No 3

– The Basic Principles and Power of Kuntaw – The World of Martial Arts – 
January/February 1999

Kuntaw Endet Mit W Und Nicht Mit O – El-Juramentado (German magazine) – August 2001

Grandmaster Carlito Lanada – Filipino Martial Arts magazine – 2003 – Vol 5 No 2
(Note: Was written for FMA magazine 2003 Man of the Year)

FMA Informative

FMA Informative Issue #4 – Kuntaw – Basics

FMA Informative Issue #29 – Kuntaw – Sayaw-An of Kuntaw

Uses Kuntaw as an example:
Informative Issue No #85 – Do You Have the Knowledge

Kuntaw “The Ancient Filipino Art of Hand & Foot Fighting”
Volume I
[Out of Print] 
1978 Koinonia Publications

Sayaw – An
“The Dancing Techniques of Kuntaw”
[Out of Print] 
1999 Koinonia Publications

Kuntaw ng Pilipinas
“The Filipino Art of Hand & Foot Fighting”
White Belt – Black Belt 70’s
[Out of Print]
2000 Maharlika Enterprizes

Kuntaw ng Pilipinas
Beginners Guide
[Out of Print]
2002, Maharlika Publications

Kuntaw ng Pilipinas
Maya – Silangan – Singkilan
[Out of Print] 
2002, Maharlika Publications

Kuntaw ng Pilipinas
Kuntaw – Isa, Dilawa, Tatlo – Bonus Mayon
[Out of Print]
2003, Maharlika Publications

Kuntaw – Personal Training and Experiences in the Art of Kuntaw
[Out of Print]
2014 Maharlika Enterprizes

IKF KUNTAW GrandMasters

This site endorses the following GrandMasters for IKF Kuntaw Worldwide:

GM Lowell Cothern (Deceased) IKF Kuntaw GGM/GM-01
GM Jonathan Bais IKF Kuntaw GGM/GM-02 
GM Junn Benjie Ortiz IKF Kuntaw GGM/GM-03
GM William Jesse Spence IKF Kuntaw GGM/GM-04
GM Steven Dowd IKF Kuntaw GGM/GM-05
GM Alicia Kossmann Kuntaw Legacy No certificate issued yet
GM Carlito (Junn) G. Lanada, Jr. Kuntaw ng Pilipinas No certificate issued yet
GM Jaime Lanada Kuntaw ng Pilipinas No certificate issued yet

There are no other recognized IKF Kuntaw GrandMasters.