kensei wrote: Oh, and I also just love when a organization reaches out to a more "famous" instructor and gives them a dan rank to serve their own purposes. I have read and seen that Mr. Patrick McCarthy has accepted high dan ranks in Shotokan and a few other arts and has minimum time training with that organization. pure marketing in my mind.
Patrick McCarthy wrote:Cite the the Shotokan rank and the organization or is this just another one of your feeble personal attacks to discredit me?
Patrick McCarthy wrote:JJ
As you sounded like another guy with a similar name who used to voice his holier-than-thou opinions on the CD I just assumed you were him. My apologies.
FYI, I sit on the technical boards of various credible organizations [Shotokan included] offering historical information, kata application practices and Japanese-related translation services. I do not accept rank from them and or anyone other than my own teacher, under whom I ranked 8th dan.
Please excuse the brevity of my post - in between classes.
Have a nice weekend.
kensei wrote: You now interest me Patrick, And I accept your appologies. Now that I am at home with my daughter I am roaming the net looking for info about you and all I can say is DAMN MAN! You got some people that do not like you! I must say, keeping a calm head in all this must be difficult. I dont know who is right and who is wrong but their sure is a bunch of mud being tossed about!
I dont take any of your posts personal, I guess I would be upset if every time I spun around I had a tone of people pointing and yelping! I now understand your sitting on technical boards for historical research ext. and apparently you spent alot of time in Japan and can translate Japanese very well! Who was your teacher, I keep hearing different things and it is very confusing, granted that might be the best weapon your detractors have against you...their ability to muddy the water.
You have a good week end as well. Dont mind my reading around, I find "celeb" types of interest!
nathanso wrote:As I said earlier in this thread, while I would not have kids training at all if I ran my own dojo, I really don't care if clubs or organizations want to give toddlers black belts- it has no impact on what I do. (My own club starts kids pretty young, but I think that noone younger than middle school age has gotten a black belt.)
On the other hand, one could use the incidents talked about in this thread to ask why even have rankings. It's a 20th century invention, so it's too recent to really be traditional. If people need the incentive of differnt colored pieces of cloth or the presumed status of a higher dan to keep training, is the activity worth doing?
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