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- Aug 4, 2001
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- Land of the Free
I agree with you. But. One only has to look at the cases of Tom Carnes and Soke Calkins to see what having unverifiable and fake creds can do. Carnes got hammered by the FMA and JKD community yet still is out teaching seminars, and Calkins got hammered for all his creds, yet continues to teach, referee and grow his schools. (threads on both in horror stories and great debate areas here)Well he can start his own style, but seeing as he isnt qualified too, that would probably make life harder. Matt Morton supplied his certs, they where forged. If you pass yourself off with false rank, odds are your going to get caught eventually. If you make up your own style to justify false rank, well your even worse in my opinion.
I've been in enough schools when prospects walked in to know that almost nobody asks to see the certs, or asks lineage questions.
Worst case for Morton, he sends $400 and a vhs tape to some po box in Florida, gets back a shiny ring and is now a Soke of Morton-Ryu Judo. Instant cred.