We will disagree on this one to the end I suspect. How you draw such a ridiculous conclusion based on zero information is strange at best.Sorry but you can't be seriously telling me that you can learn from the above & then teach people.
Exactly a Standard which is tested. No they're not required but then don't say your a black belt and qualified.
I disagree they've attained that level & will probably be a better brown belt than most at that level. I've seen a brown belt teach at a Club here & he stayed brown belt for years as you said but he was not like the Black belts in the Club. I saw it. It probably depends on the Club, given the answers so far from you & Gerry it sounds like in the USA the standards are very poor. Here in Europe it seems to be higher standards. Also as I mentioned before a Dan grade if teaching or even a brown belt(in a Club say teaching kids) has to Also pass other licences to teach people. Social competence..etc.
I'm not saying all black belts here are top but there's definitely a Set Standard which from your posts are lacking.
And I would add in any other country either, beyond the boilerplate governmental standards that apply across several sectors.There is no common governmental regulation in the US. And even without that, in many arts, a BB isn’t equivalent to an instructor certification from many organizations. You seem to be equating the two.
I avoided speaking of other countries, because I know nothing of their regulations. I did have a student from Germany who said some arts use a standardized approach there, but I don’t know how even that crosses over from art to art.And I would add in any other country either, beyond the boilerplate governmental standards that apply across several sectors.
You know years,ago I trained with a guy who I think was a 3rd Dan in Iwama Ryu Aikido & he told me the training is nothing like in Iwama with Saito Sensei. Was an older guy who I definitely respcted & he was often in Iwama during his life. He asked me to go with him & it was his last trip as he was dying & knew it. Sadly he never made it.The funny side is training and working like a dog in Japan to pass 7th dan. Then going to visit the West and having some rather inexperienced guy come up to you to say "I'm 7th dan too
A very sad truth. In the business sense, money is the number one driver in the States. That is why our economy generates exponentially more per capita than any other country in the world. A fairly new thing I have been seeing that makes me cringe are businesses that will sell anyone a martial arts business (no credentials required) for a franchise fee, lock, stock, & barrel. Give you a written plan and off you go. But as even a moderately informed buyer, a person from the states learns the true meaning of "buyer beware".When I used to teach and use other people facilities they would ask for association qualifications and teaching awards. It was the norm based on insurance. Another problem is there is still some weird idea in the West that Shodan (first degree black belt) is a teacher. This is simply not the case. An exception to this would be some one trying to start upa new dojo and promote the art where there were no other teachers.
I was hoping over the years with so many Westerners going to practice long term in Japan then going home would change these attitudes. The funny side is training and working like a dog in Japan to pass 7th dan. Then going to visit the West and having some rather inexperienced guy come up to you to say "I'm 7th dan too"
This was prevalent enough when NGA was brought to the US that the ranking here is designed around that idea. You can’t get Shodan with the NGAA without qualifying as an instructor. It takes most folks 7 years or so.Another problem is there is still some weird idea in the West that Shodan (first degree black belt) is a teacher. This is simply not the case.
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. Teaching requires a degree. So one in Phys/Ed will get you a job in education in these subjects. Classical arts are few and far between. Some years ago only 2% of the population did MA. Not sure of those figures now as the child population has dropped through the floor. And no, not commercialized. It's a community activity.Please correct me if I am wrong, but it is my understanding that most of the schools in Japan are smaller, more personal, basement style setups. Not so much of a commercial environment.
Relevant tangent here. There was a guy named Thorstein Veblen who is most famous for coining the phrase conspicuous consumption. He also described something called ceremonial adequacy.I believe this is exactly Gerry's point. A person who has been a brown belt for 20+ years by their own choice, and continued to practice, is more qualified than some of the people who would have been promoting them.
Yes, tests are there to set a standard. But that never means they are required for everyone. In this context, your field has a grey zone. Plus, with the advent of enhanced training tools (zoom, video, etc...) it is easier now than ever before.