When you begin to feel like you are a tough guy, a warrior, a master of the martial arts or that you have lived a tough life, just take a moment and get some perspective with the following:
I've stopped knives that were coming to disembowel me
I've clawed for my gun while bullets ripped past me
I've dodged as someone tried to put an ax in my skull
I've fought screaming steel and left rubber on the road to avoid death
I've clawed broken glass out of my body after their opening attack failed
I've spit blood and body parts and broke strangle holds before gouging eyes
I've charged into fires, fought through blizzards and run from tornados
I've survived being hunted by gangs, killers and contract killers
The streets were my home, I hunted in the night and was hunted in turn
Please don't brag to me that you're a survivor because someone hit you. And don't tell me how 'tough' you are because of your training. As much as I've been through I know people who have survived much, much worse. - Marc MacYoung
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“You should prepare yourself to dedicate at least five or six years to your training and practice to understand the philosophy and physiokinetics of martial arts and karate so that you can understand the true spirit of everything and dedicate your mind, body and spirit to the discipline of the art.” - cejames
“All I say is by way of discourse, and nothing by way of advice. I should not speak so boldly if it were my due to be believed.” - Montaigne
The key issue when we view someone as a master is do they meet our expectations and perceptions of what a master craftsman is, is a master craftsman of say karate-jutsu-do up to the speed or level we place upon ourselves form our perspective for us as a person?
We might tend to feel that if they have not been able to go beyond the fundamental, first pillar or basic level, that they cannot be master craftsmen. Are we limiting ourselves by assuming some unknown criteria speaks to being a master of anything especially for us in the martial community of karate, Aiki, Judo, etc.?
I can be a master craftsman of playing solitaire if I so desired to make the appropriate sacrifices. The other day I posted on someone who was promoted to master craftsman level for a martial sport accomplishment in kata and kumite. It seems now that I lambasted this person but in reality who am I to say whether that person is a master or mastered his craft.
I am correct that the terminologies and rhetoric both alluded to master craftsmanship in martial arts which I would still contest. I can say today tho that this person is a master of his craft, martial sport. As my view changed over the weekend I realized that we all become master craftsmen of the discipline we practice, in time and with the appropriate accomplishments in that particular craft.
Consider this, lawyers in general were considered experts or master craftsmen but today you can be a master craftsmen, attorney or lawyer, in a speciality such as civil law, criminal law, corporate law and even more specific such as sport law or even football law. So, why can't you have such divisions in the martial system community, you can you know.
The one big "BUT" here is that when you present yourself or others as master craftsmen you must make sure you are absolutely clear as to what craft in particular they have mastered. This person of which I posted is considered a master craftsmen of martial sport and that is a good thing.
Sometimes one position on a subject is necessary to reach another position of greater understanding. I hope I have taken a step up here.
I am a master craftsmen in the particulars of my system of martial practice. I don't want or warrant a title such as "master" because that would not be appropriate. I feel a master title is honorary and given by the governing system group, not a dojo or person. My craft is Isshinryu karate-jutsu-do and the Ken-po Goku-i or Philosophy of Martial Systems.
But then again, this is my personal opinion and is not validated by any governing body of any sort. I am not a master of the self-defense world of violence and fighting - lets make that clear here. My mastery is more ..... academic ..... with a smidgeon of the physical proficiency to support my ability.
If I offended this person I posted on lately or their governing body it was not my intent and I regret giving a misrepresentation of the facts. It is imperative they do understand that they also misrepresented, unknowingly.