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    Default Is Skill Enough?

    I have thought a lot about this one. Is Slill enough to promote someone to Black Belt?

    I don't think so. What about the charactor of the person you are promoting to Black Belt that from then on will represent you and your school. Will they be arrogant? Will they abuse their authority? Will they be good teachers? Will the make the right decisions in a crisis? These and many other questions you should be asking yourself. If you get any NO answers you should be taking a closer look at them. You should look at every student and envision them as a Black Belt. Do you like what you see?

    How do you prevent these questions from coming up? Our way has been very careful screening of a prospective student. Most Instructors ask "Why do you want to study the Martial Arts?" This is not enough. Draw them out in conversation and find out their views about things. Are they Hot tempered? Do they like to fight? Are they generally beligerant? Do they have a lot of prejudices? Some of these things we can fix. Some we can't
    Tell them their first few months are probationary and if they misuse what we are teaching them. THEY ARE OUT! Get them out before they learn enough to hurt someone.

    We had one that after a few weeks came in with a buised hand and we asked him about it and he said he got in a fight and hit someone. We let it pass the first time. About a week later he came in with a bandaged hand. He said someone called him a name and he punched them through a car window. If they were in the car with the window up then they were no threat to him. We promptly told him that he would recieve no further instruction from us. He was gone!

    We had one that made it to Black Belt. He had a virtual photographic memory for Kata and Techniques. Learned very quickly. When he got his Black Belt he became arrogant,,bullying, and purposely hurt people doing techniques. He would Spend more time looking at himself in the mirror than anything else..No one liked him,Students or Black Belts

    After he hurt someone demonstrating techniques showing off for a girl friend we told him never to return.

    It wasn't lack of skill that made him a bad Black Belt. It was lack of charactor. Another system picked him up and promoted him up a level for his skills. I hope they have better luck with him than we did. He will eventually hurt someone and get them sued. You can't teach charactor. Thet either have integrity on they don't. You can't change that. We should have caught his lack of charactor a lot sooner and put hm out of the system. We have not always made the right choice but our experience leads us to ask"is skill enough?"

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    Sifuroy

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    Default Re: Is Skill Enough?

    Quote Originally Posted by sifuroy View Post
    I have thought a lot about this one. Is Slill enough to promote someone to Black Belt?... What about the charactor of the person you are promoting ... many other questions you should be asking yourself. If you get any NO answers you should be taking a closer look at them. You should look at every student and envision them as a Black Belt. Do you like what you see? ... Tell them their first few months are probationary and if they misuse what we are teaching them. THEY ARE OUT!
    Well, sir, you make a good point- not just about becoming a black belt, but about training in martial arts period. And it isn't only the responsibility of rank and representing your system. As you touched on later in your post, it is the trust invested in them by those training with them. Training the moves of Kenpo necessarily has us putting ourselves at the mercy of our partner. We allow him to simulate moves that could cripple us, trusting in his good character that he will not go overboard. No one can afford to risk that with someone who is so self centered, arrogant, or sadistic as to continually push the envelope when training. The only thing I'd change is that it is not just the first few months, but the entire time they are with your system that are "probationary" in this regard. Actually, I don't think we disagree, just that the statement doesn't seem to reflect your point.

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