Thursday, May 9, 2013

My Opinions about the New Ranking System

I recently watched a video about the ranking updates. I was so excited to get the red rank this year but it seems impossible because of one problem: the money. When I heard Shi Zu needed me to pay more money for the tuition, I was so down, and I was thinking: "Ugh! What a jerk! He set me a trap! Why me?" I really did not like the idea but again, he was right. Lol. It is a good idea to let newcomers train for at least 1 year before they get to the red. I believe every part of the Martial Art( not Martial Marts...lol) should be taken seriously: body, mind, and spirit. They are all interconnected; one cannot exist without the other. It takes real dedication: it is not just learning techniques and get a black belt. It means more than that. Here is my video response.

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  1. It's only more than fair. Can you imagine if all of us just contributed $5 every 3 months? It be difficult to keep the kwoon running.

    How much do you pay for Bally's? isn't it about the same?

    Get on that job hunt!

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    1. Haha. I am getting on the job hunt. I recently applied to EXPRESSMEN. It's another retail store and they are actually looking for people to work in the stockroom. You are right about the $5 every three months. I am paying Bally's 30 dollars: my cousin is paying 15, and I am paying 15. I heard you guys talking about me in a stretching video again... you guys really are on me! lol

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    2. Man you hear everything! I thought we were talking low, but I guess not low enough. Hope you get that job!

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    3. Damn Kang you have good ears, that's twice this time.
      but that's was all Sifu talking, I just wanted to said HI! lol

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    4. Lol. Well then hi Simui Ai! How are you? :-). Maybe I am a good listener. Hehehe. I might post something about the five senses in the future. I believe that a Martial Artist need to be developed in that aspect.

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  3. I know you got the heart for FMK but we need to balance out work and play in order for this kwoon to grow. I've taught for free for many, many years & there is no potential for growth for the kwoon when you teach for free, if you do it for promotion that is one thing, if you do it to gain experience, that is another thing, but you can't do it forever if you wish for this kwoon to grow and expand. Everybody needs to contribute work to make money in order to help this kwoon grow, including myself.

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    1. I cannot agree with you more. Trust me, I am doing the best I can to work so I can get the Red Rank. I may not be able to get there this year but it gives me time work on my weaker muscles more. My fitness level may increase when I am ready to take the test again. If I am able to make money, would 75 dollars a month be good enough? Oh by the way, have you shipped the power twister yet?

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    2. $75 would be a lot better than $5 every 3 months! LOL. Yeah I sent over the power twister. Keep up the training.

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  4. If your paying, too much then go elsewhere to learn. there are community centers and parks and recreation centers that offer classes for free or almost next to nothing.. also ask yourself with him taking away your badge does it take away your skills???.. do you need the badge to be a true martial artist..????

    if they are telling you you have to pay money for getting rank your being scammed or taken advantage of.
    if you pay to advance all you are doing is paying a high ass price for a badge and a shirt.. ( no disrespect to your teacher) just stating the obvious!!

    for students than cant pay in the Japanese systems we have what are called.. (Uchi-deshi) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uchi-deshi ) they do minor things around the school to pay for lessons as to rank read the following

    The Idea but its still a variation on a theme (menkyo ) a teaching licence..http://www.judoinfo.com/ranks.htm, I had the opportunity to study directly under Guro Inosanto at Harbor City College, but I cant call myself a Kali or JKD practitioner even though I have practiced the art. but non the less I came away with the training and information, and no one can take that from me..but you have those who do claim high rank and status and try to charge people for lessons..and are frauds,

    what you are purposing is what , the Japanese have called Dai Nippon Butoku Kai . (http://www.dnbk.org/) as for my Japanese( Shotokan) and Okinawan( Shorin Ryu) training I can verify not only my rank and rating but actually trace the lineage of on Dojo back to its Asian founders even to 1 generation from both Gichen Funakoshi and Eizo Shimabuku( Shorin Ryu- aka Shaolin School) both
    but I can trace and verify my rank and training by accredited third parties. even with the very famous Danny Inosanto ( Los Angels Harbor College) and Tatsumo Oshima ( Cal State University) both personally, can your school do the same??? but I have never in 25 years paid more than 30 dollars for some outside classes but the rest were free or I did work to pay for my lessons and I have trained under some of the most famous and top martial artists out there.. and they never asked a single dime from me, only that I did not waste their time and practice hard. I am not trying to bash your teacher or say that he is bad, the rank is a somewhat good idea but like I say its a variation on a theme, also this part

    "6) All FMK uniforms & badges are property of FMK & are expected to be returned if you decide to discontinue your training with the kwoon"
    if you paid for it its yours, but you have to give it back ,

    does this also go for the skill and knowledge you gained,??? if it really is what it claims to be" so if you cant afford it look elsewhere. I would try BKF. I personally know and worked with one of its founders Sijo Steve Mohammed, and they have schools in the Chicago area and nationwide.... anyway good luck..

    btw my Sensei taught a group of core students for more than 25 years for free and now there are several Dojo's under our school associations, most of us teach for free, with various youth groups , parks and rec centers. ect and at universities. most of us range from 1st degree to 7th degree Black belts, all for free over a 25 year period, with our (Shihan/Sifu) even being featured in Black belt magazine for his contribution to the arts in which he taught for free... Go figure????

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    1. You brag about training with Danny Instanto but do you think his teacher Bruce Lee taught for free? Bruce was charging $250/hr for his services. If you think Martial Art teachers should teach for free, then how about college professors, should they teach for free too? Should all college universities give away their degrees for free as well? Should Harvard University stop charging students and then have their professors teach out of the community center. Who pays for the rent at the community center? That doesn't come for free either. Anybody will take anything for free, how does the Sifu determine who is serious and who is not? Money is one way, service is another. Service equates to money in the working world. If you are wiling to do service in the kwoon, then why not do service in the real world and make some money to pay for your tuition at the kwoon? Part of becoming great in the Martial Arts is about getting your financial circumstances together, it's not just about working hard in the kwoon, it's also about working hard outside of the kwon as well. Martial Arts should NOT be for freeloaders, they have already destroyed the reputation of the Martial Arts enough, freeloaders need to go elsewhere.

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