Hi, X. That's a nice
T-shirt you are wearing.
Yes, I've got it for free
at our big event, and it didn't cost a
Didn't cost a thing ?! - There
X is mistaken.
The big event could take place here because your
club has many members on paper and because there are many
This speaks in favour of the club.
Not in this case. In order to rake in so many
people, ranks were given away like freebies by the score.
Furthermore, all essential things which might be displeasing
Ranks given away ? Mine too ? And the other students' - actually, this
is, well, ...
Exactly, this is fraud. For many years you have
been regularly cheated and lied to with full
By whom ?
By the club president, by examiners, by martial
arts associations, and by those knowing better and still joining
Why do they do such things ?
There are different reasons. They want to become
popular and be adored as masters. There is also the greed for power
and money. And many are just the usual followers.
But *** has
several dan grades. That ought not be possible at
Today, black belt ranks are often as worthless as
student ranks. The club president received his dan grades because
over many years he fed the national *** association
with many paying members, and he was also of use at various
other occasions. This is one of the main reasons why the
big event finally took place
But he is always such a nice guy.
Yes, illusions are always pleasant. Truth is often
not so convenient.
What does this mean for us
Have a look at this monitor. It shows some very
Looks like a fictitious real training
session. Oh, two people are just sparring each other, and one of
them is really getting worked over. Actually, these guys look
Yes, it's you. You are both of them. The one being
beaten up is you how you are today. The other one is you
how you would be today if you had been training in a genuine
But I thought I had become
better and better over time. Didn't anyone of the others notice
If you are always moving in a
closed, cushy world, there is no proper comparison, and many things
go unnoticed. Let's have a look how it would
be in an authentic dojo.
Most people have lower ranks, but
they are better than today. Just now one of them has been hit
quite hard. But he isn't complaining at
Many members of our club are
right. They left.
Because they were not cuddled and
also didn't get undeserved ranks.
By the way, where is our current club
Somewhere in the fourth row, where he
back to reality and have a glance at the
that's not looking promising at all. People there are performing
quite badly. Seems that I don't take part any more. And there
is this instructor with the black belt; lucky me that I don't have
to train with him.
instructor is you.
But why is it I still do not master it
properly ? After all, I
really do practice a
didn't learn it better. You were again and again given
higher ranks without decisive progress. After some time they
tied around you a long piece of black
I think I have to go
See you, X -- and take good
care of your T-shirt. It did cost you a