In a spirit of friendship, but certainly one of constructive criticism and some degree of admonishment, I suggest you think about what you are suggesting about the lives of other people. I suggest you think about having this great and helpful website for an art you obviously love, and how you might influence them to be self-righteous and condemning in their views of decent martial artists, as you yourself have obviously become. As for the last paragraph under "note" that's just laughable... I'm sorry. Really. All I see is you being judgmental and ignoring the obvious truth - paper doesn't make martial artists, whether you like that or not.
What is laughable about the “note” at the end of the article? Do you deny there are frauds in the martial arts? Do believe in the “death touch” that can be used to kill now or at some later time? Do you believe in the “mind flash” that can incapacitate an attacker without touching him? Do you believe in the “deadly burp” that, after you eat special herbs, can propel deadly fumes at an attacker? Do you believe that a PhD awarded to a “master” by a “university” that the “master” created is valid? If you do not believe these things, then what is wrong with showing people that these “masters” are frauds, and that their instructors and students are dupes who are also frauds by association?
You say that “paper does not make martial artists, whether you like that or not.” That’s a grand statement; one that is stated all the time in various forms, such as “having a college degree does not make you smart” or “being certified does not make you a better mechanic than me.” While these statements may be true in some cases, the “paper” lets the uninitiated public know that some nationally recognized body of legitimate experts has verified the person’s claims and certified the person to be what he claims to be. Otherwise, the public can be easily fooled by a friendly, smooth talking con man. However, the paper must be from a legitimate certifying body. Using your logic, a person with no law degree and no bar certification who is able to perform all the skills of a lawyer should be able to practice law. This means that “prison lawyers” who spend their life sentences studying law should be considered lawyers. For some one who does not think much of certificates, you sure have collection a lot of them from "certifying" organizations.
It seems hypocritical for you to call me judgmental, self-righteous, condemning, narrow minded, misguided, shallow, materialistic, and egotistical for daring to question the credentials of “masters,” while:
- you judge me to be all of the above,
- you say there are masters who award black belts just to make a professional living while selling their integrity out for money, while you see nothing wrong with Joe Lewis being awarded a black belt in six months,
- you equate the success and wealth of some masters with them being immoral, and
- you think that I am wrong for questioning the claims and credentials of self-proclaimed masters, while you condemn TKD people with tons of certificates who sell black belts to unskilled hobbyists who know nothing about the real martial arts.
I guess the point of your comments is for me to practice what you preach, not what you do.
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