Datu Dieter Knüttel
8. Dan Modern Arnis
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Datu Knüttel, Diplom-Sportlehrer, ist einer der erfahrensten Arnis-Meister Europas. Er betreibt Kampfkünste seit 1967, Arnis seit 1978 und ist Bundestrainer des Deutschen Arnis Verbandes e.V. (DAV) seit dessen Gründung 1985. Professor Remy Presas hat ihm als 4. von weltweit 6 Personen, den Titel „Datu“ verliehen. Auf den Philippinen ist er anerkannt als der höchstgraduierte Nicht-Philippinische Modern Arnis Meister.
Er unterrichtet Arnis seit 1980 und war als Lehrgangsleiter schon in vielen Ländern Europas, in den USA und in Australien für das Modern Arnis tätig. Neben Alfred Plath ist er, wie schon 2002, der Ausrichter des 2. FMA-Festivals. Modern Arnis ist 1957 von Professor Remy Presas auf den Philippinen gegründet worden. Nach langjährigem Training in unterschiedlichsten Stilen formte er das Modern Arnis, in dem es neben dem Kampf, der Selbstverteidigung und dem „Gegeneinander“ auch um das „Miteinander“ im Training geht. Es wird dabei viel mit Prinzipien, der Übertragbarkeit von Techniken und neben den typischen FMA-Waffen auch mit Alltagsgegenständen trainiert. Das System wurde stets weiterentwickelt und besteht unter anderem aus Stock-, Messer, Hebel-, Takedown- und Kontrolltechniken, die als Einzeltechniken und in sogenannten „Drills“ trainiert werden. Die wichtigste Modern Arnis Trainingsform ist das Tapi-Tapi, das Professor Presas besonders in seinen letzten Jahren verstärkt unterrichtete. Modern Arnis wird in Deutschland im Deutschen Arnis Verband e.V., DAV, betrieben.
Dieter Knüttel is one of the most proficient teachers of Filipino martial arts in Germany. You can say he is the man behind Modern Arnis in Germany and Europe. Dieter Knüttel was born in 1960 in Berlin. His martial arts career started in 1967,when he took up Judo, which he practised up to 1974. Then he started with Karate and Kung Fu, the Mog-Dschau style. Later on he also trained Shaolin Kung Fu and Tai Chi as well as weapon techniques such as Bo-Jutsu und Nunchaku. He reached Black-belt level in all styles. During a big combined seminar for many different martial arts in Southern Germany in 1978 where he taught Kung Fu and self-defence, he had his first contact with Arnis. His first teacher was Jackson Cui Brocka of Tacoma, USA, who was a student of Ernesto and Roberto Presas. Brocka taught Knüttel the Combat Arnis, similar to the Modern Arnis of the Presas brother. In 1980 Knüttel went for a year to Australia, where he was chief instructor for Shaolin Kung Fu. After his return he intensified his Arnis studies and he was one of the first Germans to become a black-belt in a Philippine style. In the beginning of the 80s he won the German championship several times in full contact Arnis and forms and also in Bo-Jutsu. In 1983 he went for several months to the Philippines to train with different Masters and Grandmasters such as Ernesto Presas, Momoy Canete, Rodel Dagoog, Freddie Alfaro and many others. He was the first European to train with most of those Masters. Coming back from the Philippines he was appointed German Chief Instructor for Arnis. In 1984 the style changed from Combat Arnis to Modern Arnis, which he introduced to Germany. He and his students founded the "Essener KSC Manila e.C.", the first and until now the biggest club for Filipino Martial Arts (especially Modern Arnis) in Germany. During his study of sports science (he graduated as M.A. Sports Science in 1988, his thesis was about Modern Arnis), he restructured and reorganised the techniques and teachning methods of Modern Arnis to adapt it to the European mentality. He designed the examination programs for the DAV and started to teache Arnis all over Germany and also in Scandinavia where he started groups in Denmark, Sweden and Norway. After inviting GM Ernesto Presas several times to tour Germany and Scandinavia, Knüttel helped to organize the first Philippine-European Arnis camp in the Philippines in 1985. After several months of hard training, he returned to Germany, where he was one of the founders who started in 1985 the Deutcher Arnis Verband (DAV), the German Arnis Organisazion, with the goal of spreading Modern Arnis. He also became the chief-instructor which he still is today. The DAV with ist Modern Arnis is today one of the largest organisazions of Filipino Martial arts in Europe. He organised seminars with to Filipino instructors of different styles like J. Cui Brocka, Ernesto A. Presas, Dionisio Canete, Mike Inay and Professor Remy A. Presas. Every second year the DAV organises big Arnis camps of one week intensive training that are headed by Dieter Knüttel. He and some of his best Arnis students gave exhibitions all over Germany as well as in the Netherlands, Switzerland Sweden and Norway. They performed the opening demonstartions during the Budo-Gala in 1989 and 1991 and his Arnis demonstration together with his students Alfred Plath and Uli Krings was one of the most applauded acts during the Budo Gala in 1991 in Dortmund with more than 14.000 spectators. Several German TV stations reported about him and his style and he appeared several times on the cover of German martial arts magazines and many articles featured him in Germany. But also other reports about his activities and articles about him were published all over Europe, eg. In Spain , France, the Netherlands, Denmark and Turkey. Since 1989 he has been producing martial arts intructional viedeotapes, since he realised that there was a demand in Germany, but only US Videos were abailable. By now he has published almost 40 videos, 11 featuring him and his Arnis, Balisong and self-defence, and other prominet German martial artists, and also with international teachers like Bob Breen, Pat O´Malley and John Harvey. Since 1994 Knüttel and the DAV have been assciated with GM Professor Remy A. Presas, who held several very succesful seminars in Germany in 1994. Today Dieter Knüttel is 7th Dan Modern Arnis and a very sought after instructor who teaches about 25 weekends a year.