Monday, December 25, 2006

Goodin on Grandmasters

Karate Thoughts Blog's Charles Goodin on the plethora of "grandmasters."

What is the term for "Grandmaster" in Japanese or Okinawan? Is there such a term, or is this an American term that we have adopted for great Karate people?

Is a "Grandmaster" a "Hanshi" or a "Judan"? What is the standard?

Please answer this question. Who was the founder of Goju-Ryu?

Did you answer "Chojun Miyagi" or "Grandmaster Chojun Miyagi"?

Who introduced Karate to the Okinawan school system?

Did you answer "Anko Itosu" or "Grandmaster Anko Itosu"?

If Chojun Miyagi and Anko Itosu were not Grandmasters, then who was? Wasn't it enough for Sokon Matsumura to be called "Bushi"?

Is a "Grandmaster" someone who has produced a student who is a "Master"? Then what happens when the student himself produces a "Master"? Does the Grandmaster" become a "Great Grandmaster"?Is there no end to this?

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