Well, now he's the youngest American to be stripped of his judan ranking.--sigh-- I'm just waiting for the updated autobiography.
All the organizations that promoted him are trying to un-ring the bell. Here's a novel idea, how about doing your background checks before you promote someone?
Man this guy sets so many records!!! Let me see if I have this right....
9th kyu to 5th kyu - earned in USSD
5th kyu to 1st kyu - never earned or just skipped
1st dan - after failing two shodan tests, Prof Nick Cerio awards geary a honorary shodan in american kenpo - which is later stripped due to geary's character
2nd dan to 4th dan - skipped
5th dan and 6th dan - awarded by Hanshi Angel, in a system that was not Angel's expertise
6th dan - given by a master in Hawaii (forget his name) - later it is decided it was a mistake, not sure if if was stripped
6th dan - recognized by karezenpo go shin jitsu black belt society - which is later stripped due to geary's character
7th dan - awarded by Hanshi Angel, in a system that was not Angel's expertise
8th and 9th dan - skipped
10th dan - awarded by Dr. Keith Nesbitt - which is then stripped due to geary's character
He has had three dan ranks stripped from him, two of which were from two of the biggest names in the history of kenpo!!!
I bet very few will be able to top geary in what he has accomplished, nor would anyone want to!!!
Not a bad idea, but I'd rather see it go one step further.
How about only promoting someone that trains live under you?
Given all that has happened to him with regards to his quest for high rank, he should have just stitched up his own belt with as many red or gold stripes and save his own monies from all these organizations
David- You cannot justify bad behavior by pointing out other bad behavior...
Defending Geary's martial arts reputation is silly, drink some more cool-aid.
One of the first things I learned in MA was that you DO NOT ASK TO BE PROMOTED. How about now? How about now? LOL
This whole thing is such a joke-
There is a difference between "Can I have my next belt now" and "what are the requirements for my next belt".
Not sure how I am "defending his reputation". Do you think that self-promotion is better than what CNG did?
What bad behavior am I justifying, and what other bad behavior am I using to do so? I don't follow you?
Good question.Cool-Aid for reading comprehension? I dunno... maybe I was just delirious after reading all the CNG stuff.
I apologize if I offended your Senior Grand-Master CNG...I sincerily hope that he is able to mail-order a 10th dan from someone else, anyone really, and have it stick! That'd be great...
The guy is a car-wreck...
EDIT: Why isn't this thread in the "Horror Stories" section???
etc.."In October 2004 I received my sixth-degree black belt in Tenshi Goju Kai from Hanshi Lou Angel. When I asked him what I would need to do to get promoted from sixth to seventh degree in his style, he told me I would need to start teaching his style to some of my students. I began teaching Tenshi Goju Kai to about 10 to 15 students in December of 2004.
After a year went by it became apparent that most of my students who were studying Hanshi Angels style were not impressed by it. As time went on, the number of students dropped steadily until only two remained in the program. During the winter of 2005 I asked Hanshi Angel, How long do I need to be teaching Tenshi Goju Kai to get my seventh-degree black belt in your system?, thinking to myself, This isnt going to last very long. Hanshi Angel said that he wanted to see a couple of my students be promoted to black belt in his system.
In the spring of 2006 I called Hanshi Angel and explained that two of my students had almost finished their training and would be ready to test for black belt in his system in the summer. I asked him, What will I need to do when we get to that point? He told me that he wanted to wait a while longer to promote me to Seventh Dan in his system, because the people whom he had promoted to seventh degree and higher in his system had been training with him for a couple of decades. I was under the impression that some of these people may have been upset when he had promoted me to Sixth Dan because they thought he was promoting me too fast. To keep them from getting even more upset, in his NCMA newsletter he had told everyone that it had taken me a year to master his system, even though it had actually taken me about 90 days.
If Hanshi Angel had let me know from the beginning that he was planning to promote me to Seventh Dan after I had been teaching his system for a very long time, I could have accepted that fact. But he hadnt given me any timetable of how long it would take, so all this time I had been teaching an art that I never wanted to teach and sending him the money for the promotions. I was starting to feel like I was being manipulated.