|My credentials hang on the wall (left), below a portrait of my sensei|
For me, it all depends on who issued the certificate. Personally, I don't place any value on a dan rank issued by a bunch of ill-trained Westerners suffering from delusions of grandeur, no matter how impressive the name of their group is, or how well that group is respected by other groups just like it. It's not by accident that such gangs endorse each other, they do it in order to set the standard as low as possible and that way they can be seen to hold their own among their peers.
|An example of my (poor and limited) writing skill|
Today, personal experience is no longer the prerequisite it once was when it comes to passing on what you know. So I often wonder...what credentials do self-defense teachers have? Who endoreses the bunkai master who has never used kata successfully in a real fight...or even a sporting contest for that matter? It's interesting isn't it....how these days you can become a karate expert simply by deciding you are one. The overwhelming mass of those who engage with karate today seem completely apathetic towards authenticity: 50 million karateka in the world today...I don't accept that for a moment!
The kanji, by the way, points toward something we all need in the study of karate.....