|With the kongoken - Higaonna dojo, Tokyo 1986|
I particularly like those 'moody', back-lit, portraits they put on their web pages; and the endless list of the 'arts' they have studied and the 'masters' they once studied under. They never say for how long though, or if their 'master' ever thought well of them. I've yet to come across a 'master' who lists his ex-students in quite the same way so many ex-students do.
The rush to own what's 'right' and claim the authority to declare what's 'wrong' is rife among many so-called 'traditional' or 'authentic' karateka. It happens when karate is mistaken for a bunch of physical techniques; under such a misapprehension, it's easy to 'know' what's right and what's wrong. Keeping up with the fashion of the day is a common way to be right...or at least, avoid being wrong.
But, in all that knowing what's what, correct principles are often forgotten altogether!