A Split Between Tom DeBlass And Garry Tonon? Not Quite

Tom DeBlass, Garry Tonon, Jen Allen Russell and Professor Ricardo Almeida--photo by Mark Ward of Garden State Photography--courtesy of Tom DeBlass

Yesterday, followers of Tom DeBlass were shocked when they read the following on his Facebook page.

I’d like to announce my official split from Garry Lee Tonon. He is no longer a student of mine, friend of mine, and I do not consider him my first black belt.

I am still close with Gordon Ryan.

This isn’t a joke, I wish Garry well.

I'd like to announce my official split from Garry Lee Tonon. He is no longer a student of mine, friend of mine, and I do…

Posted by Tom DeBlass on Monday, November 28, 2016

“Garry Tonon” later confirmed the news.

Good riddance, this has been a long time coming. I can’t associate myself with people who can’t take criticism, and then highly criticize others. I won’t stand for it.

Good riddance, this has been a long time coming. I can't associate myself with people who can't take criticism, and then highly criticize others. I won't stand for it.

Posted by Garry Lee Tonon on Monday, November 28, 2016

Some on Facebook seemed to seriously believe that Tom DeBlass was disassociating himself from his most famous student, someone he had ranked to first-degree black belt only days before.

But others were suspicious…and with good reason. ┬áThe entire thing was a hoax set up by Tonon’s fellow Danaher Death Squad members, John Danaher and Gordon Ryan.

Hey everyone, Gordon Ryan had my phone because he was supposed to take pictures of a training session.

Needless to say he trolled all of you again.

I’m still catching up on all of this. So yes, no truth to the Garry Lee Tonon┬ásituation.

(Ps just found out Danaher had Garry’s phone)

Hey everyone, Gordon Ryan had my phone because he was supposed to take pictures of a training session.Needless to say…

Posted by Tom DeBlass on Monday, November 28, 2016

Well played, gentlemen. Well played.


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