Useless Titles

I was surfing on the web the other day and stumbled on a karate video on Youtube where a teacher referred to himself as “zokucho”; then another one where a different teacher called himself “gunshi”. I almost fell out of my seat laughing. It was an absolutely brilliant display of using  Japanese completely wrong.


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The Strategist

Like any dojo, from time to time I am contacted by people who want to observe a practice or rarer still, want to train with us. Before I left for Japan, I received an email from a person asking me if I taught tonfa and sai, where classes were held, would I consider teaching privately, and how much would I charge. The request in the email struck me as a bit odd for a couple of reasons. First, all the information that was asked for, save the private lessons request, were on the dojo website. So, either I’ve not laid it out simply enough or the person didn’t bother to read it. Second, and more importantly, the request for private lessons and the associated cost seemed presumptuous and lacking propriety.