Nah, I wouldn't go all out and say he is bullshido. Thats a title reserved for the best of the best. Ashida Kim, Ninjitsu, most schools of _ing _un, WTF, ATA, etc etc.
A little highly ranked? I guess.
But from what i know about belts. Or at least what i think i know about belts, anything above a 5th or 6th Dan really has no bearing on a person's skill. So i guess a 10th Dan is more like "Thanks for your loyalty and commitment" Rather than "OMG, YoU aRe T3h CH0sen ()n3!"
Helio Gracie is a 10th degree.
Sin The is a 10th degree.
One is respected the other well.......... look at Shard's example.
This is why I said I need to know the situation before passing judgment.
Yes, I would argue, 90% of 10th degree ranks are honorary or straight up purchased Bullshit.
Yet some, though inflated, may actually be deserved.
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The road to Hell is paved with what again?
The corpses of Shaolin-Do members?
Originally Posted by Spezza
A tenth degree blackbelt is for people who have an ego too powerful to be contained by a mere nine degrees of blackbeltness.
This is pretty much aligned with what I've been taught. The first five degrees are for what you've gotten out of your art. The next five degrees are for what you've given back to your art. My organization doesn't test for anything after fourth dan, the next promotions are based on time in grade and individual contributions to the arts.
Originally Posted by Shard
Originally Posted by Spezza
This is NOT Bullshido. In most arts, hell even in BJJ, anything over 5th dan is just political. It no longer how badass you are, considering by that time you will be advanced in age, it about how well you promote the art.
Xiao Ao Jiang Hu Zhi Dong Fang Bu Bai (Laughing Proud Warrior Invincible Asia) Dark Emperor of Baji!!!
Didn't anyone ever tell him a fat man could never be a ninja
You can't practice Judo just to win a Judo Match! You practice so that no matter what happens, you can win using Judo!
The key to fighting two men at once is to be much tougher than both of them.
As far as the style of teaching/training goes, it doesn't sound like outright bullshido to me. Rather it's just another example of a TMA losing its combat/practical focus and becoming "art for art's sake".
Which, come to think about it, begins to look a lot like bullshido...
In most TMA schools regardless of style, and regardless of what they may tell you, any rank beyond 3rd-5th is just honorary anyway. By that point, they don't feel like training anymore (assuming they ever did) and they all just gain rank for being marvelous teachers. They claim that they have gained even further "insight" into their art, and into fighting that they could not have when they were "young" "hotheaded" and "competitive." I've heard it all. If he's a nice guy then there's nothing to have against him.
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