Hi fellow practitioners,
I had a discussion with a friend of mine the other day about ranks (dan) and what they mean. There's this saying which goes like "it takes a life time to master Karate". Don't you think it's a bit of an overstatement? I mean Karate is powerful because it's simple. Unlike a lot of Kung Fu forms, Karate is pretty straightfoward. I'm not saying Karate is easy obviously, but I'm doubting the whole "it takes a lifetime to master" thing. My real question is: What do you think about 8th, 9th dan karate masters? Is there really such a difference between a 3rd dan dan karateka and a 8th dan? If so, what's the main difference? Is that really technique/bunkai knowledge? Physical ability?
What's the learning curve like after 3rd dan? Is there really that much to learn? I really hope my question doesn't come as disrespectful or anything. It is an actual question I have been wondering. People really have deep respect of older 8th dan masters, and I do too! But I was wondering what the level difference is like. I've been wonderding if after 20 years of karate practice, there is that much thing to learn. I've been asking myself if Karate is just not enough after a point and cross training become necessary.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. Train hard and stay safe, Osu!