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Spartacus Maximus
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There must be all kinds of much better and meaningful ways to honour a foreign dignitary than handing out ranks and titles that have no value except to a select few people. If Putin has never practised TKD I wonder what the man thinks of being given an honourary rank. Perhaps it was just to thank him for promoting or supporting TKD in Russia or just because Putin is known to be a sportsman with an interest in martial arts in general.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Be fun to put all the "Honorary" BBs into a tournament amongst themselves. I'm guessing, but I imagine ole' Vlad would finish pretty high up the ladder........................
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sensei8 wrote:
Our Soke was dead against Honorary BB's of any type. His opinion on this type of award was..."NO!!"


Interesting!
This brings to my mind the promotion of sensei Nakayama from 9th dan to 10th dan after his passing. I by all means believe he was deserving of the rank, but I've often wondered how he himself would have felt about such a promotion.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This happens quite a bit, especially with larger organizations, it seems. Its basically just a recognition. I don't worry about things like this too much.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Key To The City or an Honorary Black Belt?? I'll take the Key To The City...every time!!



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kanku65 wrote:
sensei8 wrote:
Our Soke was dead against Honorary BB's of any type. His opinion on this type of award was..."NO!!"


Interesting!
This brings to my mind the promotion of sensei Nakayama from 9th dan to 10th dan after his passing. I by all means believe he was deserving of the rank, but I've often wondered how he himself would have felt about such a promotion.

I suppose that he wouldn't have liked it; appreciative of the honor, but not overly excited about it.



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Judodad_karateson
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, when former KGB President of Russia wants something, you give it to him! Remember THIS INCIDENT? Just give the guy his Dan, already! WTF HQ is way to close to Russia for comfort as it is!
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