|The late Izumikawa sensei of Goju-ryu|
The term 'master' is not a rank or title, it's a subjective description, and as such, the karate instructor you may think of as a modern day Miyagi, may be, as far as others are concerned, nothing more than a con-man with a highly developed sense of self importance, who just happens to know a little bit more karate than you do.
Actually, I thought the consensus of opinion among 'traditional' karateka, is that the essence of karate is found in an individuals effort to continue training; and yet, so many clearly feel that simply training is no longer enough, and seek instead to attain mastery, bestow mastery on others, or allow others to bestow mastery upon them.
Another example of the duality of thought so rampant within karate perhaps? Or a symptom of just how lost many karateka are these days?