A school without rank belts: would you train there?

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  1. Daniel Sullivan

    Daniel Sullivan Grandmaster

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    Clarification appreciated. :) Apologies for jumping to conclusions.

    Indeed you have. Your participation is appreciated.

    Daniel
     
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    Ok...but is the color of the sash important? While the sash has a functional purpose in training, do you use color sashes to show rank?
     
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    My apologies for sounding snippy.
     
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    Some schools use a sash color ranking system similar to the karate belt system. Others use a phase training system, with four training phases with several forms in each (Sparing progressively harder and longer with continued training.). Hung Gar has no official ranking system as a style, you simply train, practice and learn. Traditionally, one would spend from several months to as much as three years perfecting stances before learning forms and techniques, then the first form was Gung Gee Fook Fu which contains the years of tiger system knowledge of Hung Hei Goon. Things had to change somewhat for modern times and American students, and they continue to change today. I have saw Hung Gar schools with as many as 7 different rank colors with children having added ranks or half forms required for some rank. On the other side I know of schools that have only Students and Teachers (White and Black), though all teachers are also students. So, to answer your question, it would depend on the school. Some use color sash ranking while others do not.
     
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    I have considered using sashes instead of belts in the geomdo class that I teach because they hold the sword nicer.123
     

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