While reading some posts recently, on the subject of finding a school to train at, I found it interesting, that this person stated that he only wanted to train with a teacher who had high rank. Of course, I was glad to see someone else chime in, and state that this potential student, should not sell other inst. short, due to lack of high rank. This, IMO, shows a lack of maturity in the arts, because its being assumed that just because someone has high rank, that automatically makes them a better teacher. Of course, its natural to think that someone who is wearing a 5th or 6th degree is more skilled/knowledgeable, than a lesser ranked teacher, but thats not always the case. I've read posts in the Ninjutsu sections on various forums, with people asking questions about training with Hatsumi. Others usually chime in, stating that while its great to train with the man, many times, he's not teaching at a beginners level, therefore, get a base with other teachers first, then worry about making that trip to Japan. I've seen this first hand at seminars as well. You'll have someone who is brand new or who has little exposure to the art, and the look on their face is of confusion, because whats being taught, is usually over tha persons head. Now, this isn't to say that you can't learn from seminars, and thats not where I'm looking to take this thread, as I was just using that as an example. I used it simply to illustrate a point. (For clarification, I'm talking about Kenpo and Arnis seminars that I've attended, not any of the X-Kans) For me, its not the belt or rank that I'm looking at, but what the person can teach me. A good friend of mine is a purple belt in BJJ under Roy Harris. Would it be great to train under Roy? Hell yeah! But fact is, unless I want to pack up and move to his location, I train under my friend. So, what do you all think? When it comes time to train, are you looking at the teachers rank, or what he can show you?