The present succession in
the Fa Men Chuan lineage
hundred years ago the Fa Men Chuan tradition was established.
It has had many names, adapting to the eras and their
circumstances, making necessary changes; like the chameleon,
seeking to be match the needs of the circumstances.
The process of succession has been the key to the total
transmission of the experience of each master. Thus, the
technique and its teaching were purified, creating a
mechanism Sui Generis combining Martial practice, Philosophy,
and Chi Kung as a mechanism of spiritual development.
This teaching was passed from master to disciple, and this
process is called Succession.
There are two states which are often confused: Master and
The Master is a person who, by dint of practice, has reached
a state of excellence in execution, and the capacity to
Mastery is a grade which all can reach; this is the goal to
which we aspire to guide each person. by contrast, Si Jo is
a position of succession reserved solely for the successor,
protector, and transmitter of the tradition in its entirety
Succession is not reached via dreams or regressions, only
through the Master-Disciple relationship, in which the
knowledge of the tradition are transmitted in their entirety.
This has been the method used by all the masters of our
To reach this state humility,
dignity and respect are needed.
The Successor ship is not achieved attacking or denigrating
the master who guided one, much less so, the one who granted
one the degree
Succession is an act of love and devotion without desire to
manipulate or obligate the students to be what one wishes
them to be.
Succession is not given for believing but for knowing.
Wisdom is not reached by imposing, but for elucidating.
It is the initiatic act that is achieved thanks to the
fascination of the spirit.
The Successor of Fa Men Chuan is the one who receives the
tradition, the flame o Light of the wisdom of the times;
whose task is to receive and then transmit it.
The successor is the essence of the family Fa Men Chuan. He
is the essential link; such that without the successor, the
This tradition of light was encharged by the Si Jo Dr.
Mitsuhiro Ito to the then STG Dr. Mariano E. Rivera Sanchez,
so that he would bear it unto the end of his days, and, in
turn, hand it to the successor or successors whom he would
Si Jo Dr. Mariano E. Rivera Sanchez was the person
designated by the Si Jo Dr. Mitsuhiro Ito in the year 1977
as the carrier of the tradition. When the Si Jo Dr.
Mitsuhiro Ito announced his retirement at that time, he
conferred the grade of Si Jo upon Dr. Mariano E. Rivera
For the Si Jo Dr. Mariano E. Rivera Sánchez two
responsibilities were born. That of Master no.87, and the
additional charge of choosing the successor.
The responsibilities of the charge, which comprehend the
Tradition, doesn’t vanish from the shoulders of the Si Jo
Dr. Mariano E. Rivera Sánchez whilst he lives. The Si Jo Dr.
Mariano E. Rivera Sánchez Hill remain in constant vigilante
even after he designates a successor. Clarifying now, and
until the contrary is announced; let it be known and
understood that the Si Jo Dr. Mariano E. Rivera Sánchez has
not named a successor as of the present time. When this does
occurs, understand that this privilege granted by him can
be rescinded if the Si Jo Dr. Mariano E. Rivera Sánchez
understands that the person he chose doesn’t follow the
norms or violates what was previously established.
It goes without saying that:
The Si Jo Dr. Mariano E. Rivera Sánchez is presently the
sole source of the tradition of Fa Men Chuan, and it is he
who will recognize the successor or successors.
La STG Dr. Wanda I. Rivera Acevedo:
The STG Dr. Wanda I. Rivera Acevedo only possesses permission
to teach Fa Men Chuan within the framework of her school and
her knowledge. This permission to teach, and to form her own
family, was granted to her by the Si Jo Dr. Mariano E.
Within the degree of the STG Dr. Wanda I. Rivera Acevedo she
ought to continue with the training, as she lacks key
traditional elements of the superior practices.
The STG Dr. Wanda I. Rivera Acevedo is neither my successor
nor my disciple. She has failed the most basic discipular
The STG Dr. Wanda I. Rivera Acevedo has neither my trust,
nor trust of the lineage to which she refers.
I open my arms as the sole successor to all those who feel
the call to the conquest of the Tradition of Fa Men Chuan.
I notify by this media that should the Si Jo Dr.
Mariano E. Rivera Sánchez be absent or in any way be
incapacitated, it should be understood the the STG Dr. Wanda
I. Rivera Acevedo, despite her degree of STG, is neither my
successor nor my disciple. She is a student of a high degree,
and I assume no responsibility for what the STG Dr. Wanda I.
Rivera Acevedo teaches.
It should be understood, that neither in the present nor in
the future, shall she be able to assume the degree of either
Si Jo or Successor of Fa Men Chuan.
This doesn’t lessen the respect which she deserves as master
of her school.
That the STG Dr. Wanda I. Rivera Acevedo claims the position
of Master No. 88 does not indicate Successor ship. What it
indicates is that soon there will be a Master no. 89 who
could be named at a future time.
The students of the STG Dr. Wanda I. Rivera Acevedo have our
recognition, but only to the degree of knowledge which the
STG Dr. Wanda I. Rivera Acevedo possesses.
If it had been understood the the STG Dr. Wanda I. Rivera
Acevedo was my successor for her position as master no. 88,
by this means, be it known that:
The STG Dr. Wanda I. Rivera Acevedo does not have any claim
to the position of successor within the Fa Men Chuan lineage.
The tradition and the external and internal, pedagogical,
and organizing direction is of the If Jo Dr. Mariano E.
Rivera Sánchez is who possesses the traditional
responsibility to organize, to direct, to teach, to
represent and to prepare the future successors.
The process herein outlined is structured to Project the
method of Succession, and the general development of the
It should be understood that:
This is not a liberal process. It is a designation of the Si
Jo in function, following a discipular norm, based on trust,
the capacity for commitment; obedience of the norms being
an example of discipleship.
The powers of the Si Jo Dr. Mariano E. Rivera Sánchez are
unquestionable in all their aspects.
Administration both of the technical as well as philosophic
Granting power to give degrees, as well as revoking such
Authorizing the formation of New Families.
To approve of the general regulations, be they internal or
It is the duty of the Si Jo Mariano E. Rivera Sánchez to be
notified of any activity which could harm the development,
prestige, and/or, the good image of the Fa Men Chuan.
Only he and none other has the power to change a decision
and authorize or revoke the decisions of the regulations.
The plan is to secure continuity of the teaching, even in
the absence of the Si Jo Dr. Mariano E. Rivera Sánchez in
the face of the death or retirement of the Si Jo; but, this
will only be designated to the ideal person.
The present communiqué was not elaborated with the interest
to discuss or argue.
Each practitioner should feel free to be where he ought to
be. Nobody should be obligated.
It is worth clarifying that our doors are open to each and
I remember each of you with love and affection.
All have my blessing, but the die is cast.
Si Jo Dr. Mariano E. Rivera Sánchez
Master No. 87 and Successor of the Fa Men Chuan Tradition