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In your opinion, what makes a martial artist a "master"?

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Asked at 2011.03.02 21:55:30
I've been thinking of this for several months now. I know a lot of people are hung up on rank but the intelligent of you know that means next to nothing. But where does knowledge and experience come to meet into what's perceived as a "mastery level"? The ability to effortlessly defend yourself? The ability to always have something to teach no matter the situation? Or a required amount of experience to finally be where you want to be in your study, training and/or art?

I keep thinking of knowledge and experience, but knowledge and experience in what form? Experience as in attending class regularly and learning from someone who has had generations of lessons taught to them, or experience as a constant personal battle to improve developed on your own.
Same with knowledge; something your told and taught, or something self realized and from your own cognition? I think I already now the answer to knowledge, but I want your take on it.

How do you perceive and describe a "master" level outside of belts, ranks and formalities?
(And I'm talking about you, not what someone else or tradition would say)
answer pugpaws2  Answered at 2011.03.02 21:55:30
That is a subject of much debate. Some go by the organization and if the organization has issued a Masters title to the person as in (Shihan, Renshi, kyoshi, ..... etc.).

Some people believe that you can never truly become a master during your life.

I like the answer an instructor gave. A student asked his instructor how he would know when he was a master. The instructor replied, "You will know you are a master when a group of true masters get together for a meal, and you are invited".

As far as I'm concerned if there is more to learn, or your techniques can still be improved, then you have not mastered your art.

Edit:
I still feel that I have much to learn, and have not reached my physical or mental limits. I also thing that I never will. But I keep working at it.


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