Ah Louis wrote:Marko wrote:John, what are you saying here, exactly? Is your only beef about this the "westerner" issue? From your post about Kiyamakan Dojo it seems you question the very ranking of Roy Goldberg within your school.
Since you have stated doubts in the veracity of information on the Kiyamakan Dojo due to the fact the page belongs to Goldberg sensei's student, do you believe the bio isn't real and that Roy Goldberg isn't the highest ranking student of Kiyama sensei and is not the only non Japanese holder of Kyoju Dairi in the Kodokai? The implications would be huge, IMO.
Marko, to help you with your question, allow me to direct you to my previous post in this thread.
Thanks for the explanation, John. I agree that it is best you drop the issue
John, I've just seen that you have added to your last post, so here's an edit to mine as well.
The term "Westerner" is used, within martial arts community, times and again to denote non-Asian practitioners of Asian martial arts. It is a known usage of the word and you can see it repeatedly used as such, both on this forum and elsewhere. It may not be to your liking, and it may well be racist, but it doesn't change the fact that it is used. No one here would equate "Westerner" in the context of martial arts to "anyone living in the Western World" as you suggest. As I said upthread, specificity trumps general definitions, even when language is concerned.
As for rank, I agree that being precise is an important thing, but you have noted yourself, with quoting Dan, that no one actually claims Roy is the highest ranking Westerner (definition above applies) in the world. The claim is that "no other Westerner holds" 7th Dan and Kyoju Dairi both. If that statement is not true, you have a case. If it's true, no corrections are necessary and you just come off as a person who, for his personal issues with one teacher smears the reputation of another who is also your senior in your own line of Daito Ryu.