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Call Me Kyoshi, Call Me Crazy

The debate in Okinawan Karate on rank, (read: I am a [enter the Japanese title describing black belt level], or senior student (read: I trained with this master for 2 weeks in Okinawa back in the 1980s, therefore I am a senior practitioner], or I trained under the guy who opened the first dojo in America, or other various ‘criteria’ people have created in the karate world to promote their marketing efforts of their school is so well…1980s.  

Okinawa Kenpo of Oregon

I loved this movie. I still do. It needs more fight scenes though.

Don’t get me wrong: The idea of having ranks in Okinawan Karate is awesome.  But what do they really mean?

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