Journal of Martial Arts Anthropology

Abstract - Race for the highest martial arts grades, its glamour and shadows

The aim of this article is to describe and evaluate clever striving for obtaining master grades. The procedure involves people, who do not comply with the ethical code and trample down budō - the traditional way of education. The content of this article is aimed to draw attention of martial arts teachers-masters who through breaching every established rule award themselves and others with high grades.
Such perception of competition in order to obtain the highest grades and titles diminishes the traditional way of behaviour; exposes bad practices and causes that real masters’ community have to depend on people that were awarded with high grades accidentally. The fair play in martial arts for teachers and coaches within martial arts community relies on observance of tradition, conscience and high morality.