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  1. Hyoho

    What if the white belt replaced the black belt as the top belt?

    When asking seniors in Japan what attitude was required for gradings the answer is: The same as daily practice and competition. A grade up is a mark of achievement. You might be good at competition but it doesn't say anything for quality of kata or teaching skills. You say belt ranking is not...
  2. Hyoho

    What if the white belt replaced the black belt as the top belt?

    In theory y How it goes is: Your old white belt got dirtier almost black. A sign of experience as you never wash your belt. Then somebody decided to dye it black! The Kano Sensei added colours for kids as by the time you left school you would rise to black anyway. Them some other groups that...
  3. Hyoho

    Can a student in some Japan Kobudo school dye his(her) hair

    It certainly is not a traditional Japanese thing and never will be I hope. Just how far you want to take it in the West is I suppose up to your teachers there. Japan is a tow the line fit in with everybody else country. In education right from kindergarten, if the nails sticks out knock it...
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    Can a student in some Japan Kobudo school dye his(her) hair

    Not a native but 42 years of Japanese life and residency. And head a Kobudo Ryu. Also a guidance counselor there for many years. It's not encouraged. After all Koryu has cultural values in what we do and the way we conduct ourselves in society. It would simply lax to let these values denigrate...
  5. Hyoho

    Japan's tattoo ban

    Long associated with crime and exclusion from society. But you can ask about their policy. Its not illegal, just policy. I have bathed many times at an onsen with Yakuza friends who do Batto Jutsu. After all Yakuza need to practice the sword. Onsen possibly but Sento would be out. Even some...
  6. Hyoho

    MMA is the most traditional martial art

    Are you talking about disabling someone or putting their lights out?
  7. Hyoho

    MMA is the most traditional martial art

    I don't think it needs a solution. It's "mixed", even called mixed. Why even discuss it. As it is I practice four faceted traditions to learn the sword. Kendo, kenjutsu, iaido, batto jutsu. God forbid if I had to learn all the traditions mixed in with MMA to be good. But it doesn't work like...
  8. Hyoho

    Does karate need to evolve?

    As stated below the video this is "Renmei Iaido". It's a made up set of forms taken from classical schools. It is purely "kata". It was designed to introduce kendoka to the sword. At one time ZNKR had a purge insisting that all kendo teachers in Japan should do it. I was tasked with the job of...
  9. Hyoho

    Does karate need to evolve?

    Shu ha ri (Shi gyo to) reads as protect, break, seperation. Shodan to Godan-Shu Rukudan to nandan-Ha Hachidan-ri This really should not be case as most certainly is not the theory professed by our most respected sensei. It's Shu Ren Ko. To study, practice, figure/work out. After Ko we then...
  10. Hyoho

    Does karate need to evolve?

    What I do really like about it is many ways of adaptation from all the arts. And to see all these variation pitted against each other. But in no way is it superior.
  11. Hyoho

    Does karate need to evolve?

    My connections are with members of Nihon Kobudo Kyokai. Like all arts there is grey area that leads to interpretation. Then there are the characteristic differences that have one head differing to another. But we should all strive for no adaptation if we practice for cultural reasons. God knows...
  12. Hyoho

    Does karate need to evolve?

    I guess that depends on your reasons for practicing. The Japanese way is to try and preserve a tradition. This applies to most arts as it's based on an educational/cultural pursuit. Why is it there is always somebody that wants to "change things"?
  13. Hyoho

    Belt Colours

    That's exactly what my mentor said. He was the youngest Kendo 6th Dan ranked after WWll but thought little of it.
  14. Hyoho

    Belt Colours

    Yes. Yoin
  15. Hyoho

    Belt Colours

    I have to say some of the saddest days of my life have been when my mentor/ teacher has past on. I have always liked the word "reverberation" Nice to be told that, "Now he is within you. He taught you so that you can carry things on" But there is always that little thing that he never taught...
  16. Hyoho

    Belt Colours

    As an educator Kano Jigoro's original concept was fine. Now it's blown all out of proportion in other countries. Coloured belts don't really count for much in Japan as kuro obi is a qualified beginner. To experienced people they can see what rank someone is in a dojo.
  17. Hyoho

    What amount of experience makes it onto your bio/resume?

    You used to have. I still have my MAC coach award around somewhere. I taught night school as an introductory course for sword arts as a fourth dan. When I left I recommended someone else. But as he had no coach award it closed down. Sorry I am out of touch with the UK. In Japan it's a...
  18. Hyoho

    What amount of experience makes it onto your bio/resume?

    The fact of the matter is just because you do MA doesn't mean you can teach it. There also the safety aspect we should consider. As Tez3 mentions, the UK did it a long time ago with the Martial Arts Commision. Sounds to me like you are setting your own rules.
  19. Hyoho

    What amount of experience makes it onto your bio/resume?

    A degree in education would help. Don't they run coach awards for the things you do? Doing it is one thing, teaching is something else. When I taught MA in night school in the West years ago a coach award was required for insurance purposes. Don't you have to show the people you rent facilities...
  20. Hyoho

    You Suck At Martial Arts

    We are supposed to do our arts because as a famous mentor told me, "Love your way, if you don't love it dont do it" All members make up a working dojo and contribute in some way. What probably differs in the West is that in Japan it is a community activity that make it what it is, as is...
  21. Hyoho

    Is it unethical to form a romantic relationship with a martial arts student

    Lol, in the dojo's I have been in you even get scolded for looking at the clock let alone women.:oops:
  22. Hyoho

    Fake black belts

    Memories of sitting on the bench with GM Cacoy Canete. Then he stood up to show his magic.
  23. Hyoho

    Fake black belts

    When all said and done once they step onto the mat/floor, it's quite obvious to experienced people who and what they are. The same goes for those in koryu that don't use belts.
  24. Hyoho

    Fake black belts

    In Kendo 6th dan is quite straight forward. But 7/8 it's not just what you know but who you know that steps in. But it is possible to pass without taking that route. I was taken to a few weekend practices and get togethers a long time ago. Going there I was told that a certain sensei would be...
  25. Hyoho

    Fake black belts

    For what I do Prefectural level is 5th. National for 6th. Only one in around 2000 pass.
  26. Hyoho

    Fake black belts

    Never seen a fake belt but even in Japan one gets to the stage that is also not what you know but who you know that gets you to the next. A senior told me that the highest dropout rate is with 6th Dan.
  27. Hyoho

    Fake black belts

    It would be better if you could come here with the same organization. But yes, it's possible.
  28. Hyoho

    Fake black belts

    As I said karate is not included in the education curriculum. It's not Sogo Budo.
  29. Hyoho

    What are all of the reasons you bring your fist back to your hip in Karate/Taekwondo/etc forms?

    My experience in Tani Ha Shukokai had the fist like a knife resting on the hip. The power of the hip twist propelled that fist that twisted to the target. The fundamental practice was to get the hips to propel the arm forward rather than use all physical effort to do it. To move in with the...
  30. Hyoho

    Fake black belts

    Genbudo such as Judo and Kendo are main stay in Japan. They are integrated into sports education. Karate is on a private basis and not so prevalent. In actual fact children/students take up the main MA population in Japan. Minimum requirements of Sandan to get jobs such as police/prison service...
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