Grand Master David German, 10th Degree Black Belt.
Founder of the TAI System
With over 52 years in the Martial Arts, Master German held black belts in Jiu Jitsu, Sil Lum Kung Fu, White Tiger (Bok Fu Pai), White Hair, White Eyebrow (Bok Mei Pai), Chin Na and Chuan Fa and Ed Parker’s American Kenpo.
In his early years he owned two studios with Ed Parker.
DAVID GERMAN'S PHILOSOPHY ON TAI
"I view teaching as a way to utilize various psychological gestalt techniques," he says, using the term that means "form" in German (no pun intended), or the integration of patterns into a valuable whole. "We may begin with Kenpo, then a weapon, shift to a Sil Lum form--when the student's energy has peaked in those arts, we may introduce Boxing, Grappling, Chin Na, blending the whole to become a completefighting method. We have no basics in TAI Karate. Knowledge is our basics."
"In TAI Karate we may box to open against an attacker, then flow into Kenpo, then Sil Lum to Chin Na, then grapple to finish the fight." Does this mean that grappling is the end-all, the most effective art? Says German, "All I will say is that a good grappler can fight multiple opponents and win--against five guys you'll be on the ground anyway." German is no "paper" white tiger when it comes to demonstrating his grappling prowess. Eighteen years ago he singlehandedly wrestled the entire San Diego State wrestling team, including its coach, until all submitted, to prove the worth of his uniquely-designed grappling art. " . . . Six straight hours, non-stop, and I broke and arm and rib that day," German chuckles. "I also wrestled Brian Adams' Kenpo people that day. Brian had the wrestlers down for Kenpo lessons, so I obliged. The Kenpo schools like our grappling method because it makes you mentally tough, and it's a toughness you can't get from Kung Fu or Karate. Still, the Martial Arts are the ultimate in self-defense for time spent. A good boxer or wrestler must spend several hours of contact, conditioning. In Karate, you can luck-out with a kick from any angle."