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We clearly disagree and that is fine.
May be it comes from personally placing very little emphasis on rank because I have seen it mean something and I have seen it mean nothing.
The person in question has played the “humble” game for years and this flies in the face of that, so yeah I guess I do take issue with his character.
“In my opinion if a sensei were to be so taken aback at being called 'master' then he shouldn't bother wearing his black belt.”
Not sure I want to try and take those guy’s belts.
Here again we disagree. In my dealings with the native community those who profess to be “elders” generally aren’t. Those who people go to and learn are the real elders.
To me those who stand up and proclaim they are masters, great master, great grand masters, super great grand masters, twelve, fifteenth dan etc don’t quickly draw my interest.
Read a story once about a fellow running a tournament and needed to speak to a particular instructor so he had “Master So and So” (different guy from my story) paged over the loud speaker.
He waited while looking across the auditorium floor right at the “Master” knowing he heard the page. So he had him paged again. Still he did not come.
After the third page “Master So and So” had a runner come over to talk to our fellow.
He then paged “GRAND Master So and So.”
Now if we differ on our opinion of this one then there is no hope for agreement.
“If someone is great enough in their art to be a master then they should be called for what they are.”
So what makes a person great?
Doing a few Kata and prearranged work makes you great?
Hmm guess we disagree again.
And don’t get me wrong I am not criticising the test used. I don’t think there is any test that will prove you to be great.
And once again let me state that disagreement is perfectly acceptable.
This is simply my opinion and no more valid than yours.
I guess I figure we are all just Karateka and the hierarchical BS has infected the art so much that the false long pretty belts we tie around our waist take on far too much meaning. Step on the dojo floor as friends and cross arms then and only then is any sense of mastery grasped between practitioners.
But then what the heck.