SokeCalkins said:1)[font="] [/font]All just need to remember one thing. This is the 21st century. Not Old Nipon of Japan or China.
2)[font="] [/font]Titles are to show levels of training. In American Schools Rank Belts Are to Show levels of training. If we go back to old ways there were no "Yellow, Orangw Brown..etc...
3)[font="] [/font]There was a White Canvas Belt to hold your uniform closed .. (Because they didn't all have the Neat ties that the ones we buy now have).. And when your instructor was done with you...
4)[font="] [/font]After so long of training your belt was soiled and dark. You were then given Instructor rank... AKA; Black Belt or Black Sash depending on your style.
Schools in America mostly use the Japanese titles to help with rank notation. I mean if you have a 1st black belt and don't teach full time.
5)[font="] [/font]They started using Sempai instead of Asst. Insrtuctor.
6)[font="] [/font]It was easier. Then Sensei, Renshi and I have even heard Dai-Sensei, Shihan, Hanshi... and so on. I trained with two great men Kyoshi Robert Austin and Sensei Robert Koch and they teach American Kenpo. IKKA / AKKI and they use the Japanese titles. It is their choice.
7)[font="] [/font]Also I would in this end of the world rather be called Soke Calkins instead of Grand Master or Master Calkins. I think that just sounds to pretentious and puts an air of Servatude to the art. I dont want to be called MASTER... Students are not Slaves.
8)[font="] [/font]"Soke" when in old days an insturctor began a new system he was Head of his Family and that was who he basicly taught his are to so SOKE was the Head of Family. In america we teach to the masses. and not just family. (Eventhough I look to my students like Family and Close friends.) So in my Dojo I am "Head Of Family"
SokeCalkins said:It is so funny that every one thinks my history and information is so fake. I can point out 20-30 dojos that have Sempai as Assistant Instrucotr.
Timo... not verbatim, but pretty darn close...TimoS said:I don't know if americans have this saying that we have here in Finland: 50 million flies can't be wrong, **** must be good. In this case, so what if they are using it like that, it still doesn't mean that they're correct
Yes by the time you make it to the Sempai staus you should be able to help around the school. However Semapi does not mean Asst. InstructorSokeCalkins said:It is so funny that every one thinks my history and information is so fake. I can point out 20-30 dojos that have Sempai as Assistant Instrucotr.
For a guy with your experience and exposure to the arts, it's ind of funny you don't know the translation, even more prospectous is that you don't care(WHAT EVER THE TRUE JAPANESE TRANSLATION IS>>>) No body cares.
Kinda like your training in the states?I went to Japan and worked out in some school there I don't conciser it training because It was very short.
What is "Theroy"Also the Belt "THEROY" I love hearing from the Mister Know it alls.... I have worked with many masters that have varafied this to me. First the GI... Is not an american invention. it is based on the Japanese Clothing. and the Kung-fu uniform was held with a canvas sash.
Like their car keys, maybeThe Students and People of those times used it to cary their items.
Actually before you get up on your high horse the belt colors were adopted from judo, which were implemented by Jigaro kano (The founder of Judo BTW)-who took the idea from college sportsI did Just the fancy colors of today I said were made because we don't do the Outside training the Dirty theroy has been confermed for years. Even Angi Uzau confermed it do you want to doubt this master.... I think not. Even the Japanese Expert that thinks he knows everything.
Crap too late, Well you sure told the Living in japan, guy with a clear lineage a thing or too..This time you have made a mistake Live with it. Not all History you think is right is right. The History I have mentioned is not written in Books but I learned it from people that lived it.
I like that... simple, yet effective.Kaith Rustaz said:Actually....I like this.
Cite your sources. Anyone can say something. Lets see the background materials that formed your foundation of belief.
*ouch* That's gonna leave a skid mark some Underoos...Kaith Rustaz said:Oh, and please, don't say "I can't remember the name of the book". If it's that important it formed that big a foundation to your beliefs, you'll remember it or be able to figure it out.
He shoots ... HE SCORES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!chinto01 said:Mr.Calkins once again you impress me with your lack of knowledge. You still seem to avoid the questions asked of you on other posts and yet you feel the need to post on this topic. Pretty fitting seeing that you promoted yourself to 10th dan. I would also like to know when you studied in Japan and under who? But that will be another question left unanswered by you I am sure. Being a "Soke" I would hope that you would know the meaning of sempai also spelled senpai sometimes. My fellow friends correct me if I am wrong but in most circles it refers to a senior. Obviously Mr. Calkins your extensive studies did not include the study of titles and when they are used in your research or you would not call yourself by your proclaimed title of "Soke". The Japanese find it extremley disrespectful for a person to address themselves with their own title. Also the Okinawans did not use a formal gi and obi (belt) system. Their training was mostly done in their undergarments so that the instructor could study muscle definition while katas were done. Look at some of the old pictures of Miyagi Sensei training.
Now to the question of American 10th dans. Just look at some of the posts we have had with a self-proclaimed 10th dan and that should answer the question pretty well.