6/02/2009 1:49pm, #1
Just got this...IIMAA 'buy your rank' spam email.
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1. Been the same rank for years?
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6/02/2009 1:56pm, #2
Is there any way to actually rid the planet of these abominations? Or are we stuck with stamping out the people who buy from them?
Even our enforcement on the buyer's end almost always involves getting into ridiculously tedious and long-winded arguments and challenge matches that never really produce justice vis-a-vis the eradication of Bullshido....What a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. -Xenophon's Socrates
6/02/2009 1:57pm, #3
Mtripp, you might want to check out a thread up in Ymas titles Siegfried Boedeker, pretty much the same modus operandi.
6/02/2009 2:13pm, #4
- Join Date
- Jul 2006
- Kinsman Ohio
- western MA, Sambo, boxing
I just got that this morning too! I have been getting spam from this group for about six months now...all in the same vein.
6/02/2009 2:41pm, #5
You were in the thread were an opinion led to a guy flipping out because, I said he fluffed his Resume.
The excuse is always but I'm also legit. Then people pop in and say well yes it is okay, but sort of wrong and no one gets the message.
6/02/2009 5:31pm, #6
There are problems that should be addressed that would mitigate this fluff. For example if there was some standards that were honored and enforced by the community with no exceptions. Something like a secret society might use for initiation. Some of the modern systems are doing this but lets keep one eye open upon them as times change... can they maintain it?
Rank inflation is also a horrible cause of fluffery and puffery. It destroys all credability. 15 Dans? what good does that do anyone and who is so good that they are really better than a legitimate 10th Dan who had been studying an art all his/her life?
I have long been a lobbyist for standards of rank being attributed to two factors and two alone: skill level displayed and time spent training. The second of these is not perfect, some people train harder than others and some people train better, but it has the virtue of being better than simply arbitrarty rank awarded.
It does not help that the Japanese understanding of Rank is complex in a way that is rich, full of corruption itself in some juicy ways, and beyond comprehension to most other cultural particiapnts. The truth is that rank in Japan was traditionally based on service to the art... that concept takes a lot to ellucidate, people really do not understand what that means in a Japanese way. For example, two Ko ryu guys are sitting on a fence one is a great fighter the other steps in front of the great fighter to take a punch, who is the higher rank? My point is that service to an art is such that in many Ryu a gifted teacher who could not fight but knew all the techniques and how to teach them was considered more important: hell he could train five fighters! You lose one son in battle you could lose your system! So there is precedent.
So let me end this post saying what i started... " I agree with your absolute understanding that any fluff is fluff and ultimately detracts... yes.
6/03/2009 6:11am, #7
- Join Date
- Sep 2004
- Bel Air, Maryland
Well, yesterday in my e-mail, I got one also.
Nice little scheme, huh?
Problem is, alot of people will take advantage of this, and take the easy way toward rank.
Says alot for our culture, doesn't it?
6/03/2009 6:58am, #8
I'd like to address the "padding" issue.
I honestly feel if a person has legitimate rank, from a major well respected group, they would NOT hang a false paper next to it.
Yes, I did keep the Juko-lie papers up for some time; but only because they said if I didn't take them down they would send someone to do so. I sent them pictures every week and asked when they were coming.
IMHO, when they are padding with all the BS paper mills, then there entire rank history is suspect.
6/03/2009 8:58am, #9
- Join Date
- Sep 2005
- Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
- Siling Labuyo Arnis
I feel left out, that I haven't received such an email.
Although, to my credit, YK Kim's organ sends me actual mail, inviting me to their pay-and-play Hall of Fame dinner in Vegas.
6/03/2009 11:27am, #10