Kelly Worden Separates from Modern Arnis.

Discussion in 'Modern Arnis' started by arnisador, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    Kelly Worden Seperates from Modern Arnis

    I am surprised, but good luck to him! The datus were always meant to lead their own way was my understanding.
  2. Brian Johns

    Brian Johns Junior Member

    Wow, the fall out continues from that FMA Digest article concerning Remy Jr. This is very sad. But, I can understand where Kelly is coming from.

    Take care,
    Brian Johns
  3. Brian R. VanCise

    Brian R. VanCise Senior Member Supporting Member

    Lead their own way in Modern Arnis I believe that is probably what the Professor intended. By renouncing his Datuship and affiliation with Modern Arnis as I read it he is taking the position that he is and teaches Natural Spirit International and the systems within it. [​IMG] Truthfully, Kelly Worden is skilled enough that he can stand on his own without a linkage to anyone else. [​IMG] Just my 02. for what it is worth. [​IMG]
  4. PG Michael B

    PG Michael B Oso Grande

    It seems when the head man passes on (in any system) chaos ensues. The politics truly ring the loudest bell in these cases. American Kenpo truly split into many factions all claiming the truth. Yip Mans Wing Chun organization as well. After O'Sensei Urban of USA GOJU passed away an individual was appointed at Maestro Urbans request..others in the organization disagreed, hence chaos...and so on and so forth. In Kali Ilustrisimo Tatang appointed Tony Diego as the head of system, some disputed it, some agreed, some still talk smack about it...sad but true but I see this time and again in the martial communities.

    As To Mr. Worden, I agree with Brian, he is top notch and has built a solid following, and his work in the SF community is well known. I wish him continued success in all his endeavors.
  5. tellner

    tellner New Member

    I'm not really surprised

    Kelly has done a lot of other stuff and come up with his own ideas. It's only natural that he'd want his own group which does things his way.
  6. Dan Anderson

    Dan Anderson Member

    Kelly has always been an independent spirit, as has been Tim, myself and he who shall not be named on another forum :))). He has had NSI as an independent concern for some time and I feel this is the next step for him after championing the cause of the Presas bloodline. Good luck and prosperity to him, I say.

    Dan Anderson
  7. balita

    balita <B>News Bot</B>

    MT: Kelly S. Worden Announcement on Modern Arnis

    Kelly S. Worden Announcement on Modern Arnis
    By Morgan - Thu, 03 Jul 2008 20:46:06 GMT


    A friend associated with Master Kelly S. Worden, forwarded the following statement to me earlier this afternoon. I
    am submitting it in full and without any comments,
    as an informational piece for the Modern Arnis community on this web forum.



    To whom it may concern within the FMA community and beyond, public announcements are never enjoyable to release. Yet due to the nature of martial arts and rumors
    I have decided to clarify my future position regarding my personal involvement within Modern Arnis.

    FMA is a dynamic art, a beautiful art that has blossomed

    to worldwide acceptance. The late Professor Remy A. Presas committed his life to the teaching and development of all FMA as well as his personal expression, Modern Arnis.

    In our relationship, Professor always guided me to seek my own destiny and "make the art my own." The advancement of Natural Spirit Int'l as an independent system was well established long before Professor Presas passed away in 2001. Prior to that time I returned to Modern Arnis to
    share the positive bond, mutual respect, and the friendship we had established yet lost due to politics and unimportant disagreements.

    In his final days just prior to his death, Roland Dantes and I were both by his side, it was then Professor stated "/You are not my students, you are my brothers!" // /

    After the passing of Professor Presas I continued to assist Remy Presas Jr. along with Rodel Dagooc and the late Dr. Willie Matias in his efforts to "keep the family name alive within Modern Arnis."

    On August 28^th 2008 it will be 7 years since Professor passed away. The time has come for me to return to my own path of destiny and the advancement of Natural Spirit Int'l.

    I desire to make that step as a personal choice, a professional choice, as an American martial arts practitioner.

    I truly feel the usage of the Datu title was a vision of the late Professor Remy A. Presas. I was honored by the faith he bestowed in my dedication to propagate his teachings, while assisting in the evolution as well as the historical preservation of Modern Arnis. In that regard, I have always believed Modern Arnis is a cultural art as well as a Presas family art. With or without my assistance or opinion, Modern Arnis shall indeed continue to flourish for generations to come.

    It is at this time July 1^st . 2008, with all due respect I renounce my usage of the title "Datu", and remove it from public usage within Natural Spirit Int'l. In addition I will no longer have any direct involvement within the political or technical stability of Modern Arnis.

    From this point forward I choose to disseminate my Americanized progression of Arnis as /N.S.I.A. Natural Spirit Int'l Arnis. // /


    Kelly S. Worden
    Int'l Director of Natural Spirit Int'l;



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  8. Datu Tim Hartman

    Datu Tim Hartman FMA Talk Founder Supporting Member

    I talked to Kelly the night after he made his statement. It was a very interesting conversation to say the least. I have a greater understanding on why he renounced his title although I’m not sure if it will have the desired result. I do understand about doing things that you think you need to do. I wish him lick in all of his endeavors!
  9. Brock

    Brock Asha'man

    :rofl: I know it was a typo, but I've been havin' a crappy day and for some reason it just struck me as hilarious! Thanks Datu Hartman!
  10. Datu Tim Hartman

    Datu Tim Hartman FMA Talk Founder Supporting Member

    May be if he's lucky he'll get some licky!
  11. Pitboss 306

    Pitboss 306 New Member

    Just like most FMAs, both NSI Arnis and MA still have most core elements in common. Evolution is inevitable though, and with the introduction of so many new tactical concepts in the NSI camp, seperation between the two makes a lot of sense. Kelly's approach to teaching, training, and tansmitting IS very western, so in the long run, I believe the transition will eventually show in his student base.. I wish him nothing but luck, and hope to train with him again soon.

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