The de Vries Family
The first family members to come into contact with these systems were the two brothers John and Ernest (Ventje) de Vries, who had been trained from childhood in the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia) and became highly experienced and feared martial artists. Ernest, over the years, earned a reputation as a ferocious fighter who did not hesitate to take on any challenger.
Both studied the art until they understood its mechanics and depth, Ernest, however, never had much patience in teaching, on the contrary John is remembered as a patient teacher.
It is from the depth of this understanding, and the patience and skill of John De Vries, that Paul de Thouars earned his extraordinary teaching method and fighting prowess.
Here we want to remember the family members.
We also want to remember as part of the family:
- Maurice de Thouars (12 December 1928 – 20 May 2014)
- Jelle Dezentje (30 November 1954 – 8 January 2018)
We honor all those who preceded us as they would have liked, without using lofty titles like Guru or Pendekar. The correct transmission of the art we practice is their heritage, and according to their will, we pass it on intact to the next generations.
You can see examples of some of our lineages in our Youtube Channel.