Here let me remove the straw from your eyes. For him to get INTERNATIONAL APPROVAL there would be an INTERNATIONAL KUNG FU GOVERNING BOARD that would award such a rank. It would exist and other instructors would have that specified rank.
"I was inexperienced and it showed." Gary laughs when recalling the early days. But, true to his nature, he persisted and his School grew. However, in the early 1980's Gary faced a new challenge. It was time to step from under his own teacher's wing and seek international approval through an independent Gold Sash grading. The timing couldn't have been worse. Now married with a baby daughter and a mortgage, Gary was working two jobs to stay above water and teaching his art three nights a week - and now he was to commence preparing for the hardest grading of his life. "We had to take out a bank loan to pay for the airfares and accommodation." Gary recalls, "I know that if I made one mistake it was back on the plane to fly home and try again a few years later. I had to pass." And pass he did.
Now armed with confidence of having been independently assessed, Gary poured his heart and soul into his kung-fu School, which began to boom. And boom. "The reputation of our School spread rapidly and throughout the 1980's and '90s, we were constantly looking for bigger and bigger premises,"says Gary.