|Posted by Barry Cuda on September 27, 2011 at 1:00 PM|
Hey everybody, time to rant and rave some more. There seems to be some confusion out there about what constitutes a master or grand master in the martial arts. First off the title master or grand master is not something you can buy on the internet, especially from someone that is outside of your art. The reason there are so many people with internet ranking mills is because there are so many people willing to be ranked under them. I dont see how this helps someone as a martial arts instructor. Heres how I see it; if you want to be called Sensei or Sifu. you have to have students to teach. Telling the world you are an instructor when you dont have any students is wrong. Being a black belt is one thing, but if you dont teach, you are a guy with a black belt. Period. To be a master you have to have students that are Sifu/Guro level. How can you be a master if you havent brought up people to instructor level. When you have students that are instructor level then you can call yourself master. To be a grandmaster you have to have students that promoted their students to instructor level. So to be a grand master you have to be so active as an instructor, that your top students [now masters] have promoted their own students to instructor level .This is why there should be no 35 year old grand masters.To teach people that long that they have their own certified instructors can take a lifetime. Being a grand master is based on your body of work, not just on your claims. If all you have to back up your claim is a certificate from a certificate mill then you are wrong. People that dont even make a living teching martial arts are grand masters. Who are you fooling?