FOR THIS TOPIC I WILL NOT MENTION ANY NAMES, ASSOCIATIONS, FEDERATIONS OR ORGANISATIONS ETC.
this is something that has really bothered and angered me for some time now and need to get this off my chest.
I cant speak for anyone else but it took me five long hard years to gain my black belt, blood on wood, sweat and tears, my examination took in total five hours, i know this varies from style, association etc.
Anyway, some time ago i had a student who wanted to reach black belt as quickly as possible in order to achieve his goel etc, as i explained more times than were necessary that karate is not about grades and belts, but he kept asking when his next grade would be.
At that time myself and my club were a member of a typical so called governing body association that offered insurance etc, in the end i told the adult student he was no longer welcome at my club and to look elsewhere, in which he did!
He was a blue belt at the time and with a total of 72 hours karate training, less than 12 months, i will make this clear, our grading system runs yellow, orange, green, blue, purple, brown, black.
Within two months of leaving my club he was graded 1st Dan black belt by this certain karate governing body! So, say 14 months karate training if that with no previous karate experience, go to the above in question, buy a black belt for a £100. Happy days!
Since then the student has gone on to open a club of their own and teach, what exactly?
Upon hearing of the Dan examination and opening of a club i contacted the chief instructor in question who ran the association etc, to question the crazy act only to be threatened over the phone that if i ever spoke of the above i would be paid a visit by the so called 8th Dan and sorted out! What a joke, the police were informed of the phone call.
Buisness man yes, 8th Dan no, a fake and a fraud i would say.
I appreciate that martial arts is big business and one can make a lot of money which is fair enough, but selling Dan grades to beginners in order to pay a morgage, nice new car, bills etc is just wrong full stop, you just dont do it, isnt it fraud?
This makes me sick to the core, i love karate and teach professionally but for me its about the art, NOT MONEY!
These kind of acts give individuals false beliefs and are a danger to the public.
So how many out there agree or disagree that selling Dan grades to beginners for a cushy life is right or wrong?