"What I am saying is there are those among us in the martial arts community that claim high Dan rankings in multiple Arts. I feel it's impossible to be a "Master" in say 5 or 10 Systems of Martial Arts at the same time."
What is "mastery"? You said above 3rd Dan, that isn't quite mastering anything. Let's say 8th dan then just for the fun of it. We'll get back to this in a minute...
"ABSOLUTELY, and those degrees are probably related in someway and that person probably works somewhere in the Medical Field somewhere."
And most martial arts are related in a BIG way. You got hand striking, foot striking, weapons, throwing and grappling all revolving around the human body. Break it down you have clockwise circles, counterclockwise circles and straight lines coupled with very similar stances and poses. So since all arts are very similar is it really that far off to "master" several? How many front kicks are there? Also most people in the category of having "multiple high ranks" work in the martial arts field somewhere. You obviously feel that the martial arts are more different than similar. Uh uh, can't buy that one.
"Yup, and many can't speak a lick of English that you can understand, working in the local Sears or campus bookstore is not really all that challenging, not to mention many go back to their countries of origin once they graduate...LOL! So they don't really have to remember English and they are working generally in one particular field of endeavor, Mastering it I would hope. No, but I see how chewing bubble gum and walking or patting your head and rubbing your stomach can be challenging for many, or maybe not."
Lots of bigotry and assumptions here that I'm not touching too much. Suffice it to say I know too many that speak english in a more correct manner than native speakers, work in challenging research and medical fields among others and stay in this country upon completion of higher education. Probably has to do with that fact that I work in one of the better institutions of higher learning on the planet so I'm exposed to alot more people from other countries than most.
"If you are eluding to historical references of where Kenpo's origins came from, please, Mr. Parker's Art was primarily his conception. Yes he always gave props to Chow and his books relay a history of Kenpo's origins, but in the end the Art he left us was HIS art, as System of Kenpo unique in and of itself despite what other out there may think or say."
Nope. Your base art is actually 3 bases. The art of learning, the art of communication and motor skills. Most people I've met do not in any way, shape or form practice how to learn, mainly communicate through uni-directional brute force (no listening, just talking over or at the other person) and are very uncoordinated. Learning in and of it self is a learned skill, they even have classes devoted to how to learn. How many people would you venture to say have bothered to take one?
If you don't know how to learn you will learn slowly.
If you don't know how to communicate you will have trouble getting the information to learn...coupled with learning slowly.
If you don't have good motor sills you will struggle to get your body to do anything that your brain knows how to do...that's after you've managed to communicate well enough to get the info and managed to learn it....
People think their base art is Kenpo? What do you do with Kenpo (motor skills), how do you remember and understand Kenpo (learning) and how do you get Kenpo and ensure you are getting the Kenpo lessons correctly (communication)? Food for thought.
James Hawkins III, SI
Hawkins Kenpo Ju Jitsu