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Lets hear your opinions!

1. Define them in your own words.

2. Compare and contrast the three.

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A guro or guru is a teacher, a master and grandmaster are honorary titles given to individuals out of respect for their age or position within an organization. In places where possessing a title such as master or grandmaster would attract unwanted challenges, these titles are rarely used. Different organizations as well as individuals can have very different meanings for titles such as the ones mentioned. Some gurus/guros, masters, or grand masters are self-proclaimed. In the martial arts community you have teachers and you have teachers of teachers and it’s much easier to refer to someone as a master or grand master instead of saying that he or she is a teacher of teachers. Just my opinion of course…



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Some teach by example and explainations, and try to force knowledge into the student, some others teach the student a strong foundation and to think for themselves.
Master, the term was used for School Master, Mistre, Maestro.... here we used school teacher, or just teacher. Sensei is teacher, sifu and pak mean uncle.

Guro as the term defines is a TEACHER or INSTRUCTOR who instructs basic to advance skills. He or she may be knowledgeable of one or more systems and  may have been trained under different Masters. He normally stands alone or independent.

A Master is someone who knows a full SYSTEM trained by a Master or Grandmaster under full strict Martial Discipline.  He or she may also be a Master of more systems.

A Grandmaster has created one or more Masters under one or more discipline.

Just my thoughts :-)

I agree substantially with Mr. Royeca's reply.  I would just like to add:  

All promotions come from above, except for the Founder of a system, i.e. a student must have a Guro (or above) to be a student; a Guro must have been elevated by a Master or above; a Master must have been elevated by a Senior Master or Grandmaster; a Grandmaster is either the Founder of a system or has been elevated by a previous Grandmaster.  

Now that we have that out of the way, a Guro may also have knowledge of a full system just as a Master does, but the essential difference is that the Master also has the responsibility to see that the precise integrity of the art is followed by the Guros.  The Master is the best example of the art expressed in its purest form as dictated by the Grandmaster.  

The Senior Master or Grandmaster assumes responsibility for the certification of all who are authorized to represent the name and the art of the Founder, the maintenance of the organization which supports the system, and continued insight and instruction for the Masters and Guros of the art.  

Thank you for raising this issue.

 

I'm certified as an advanced instructor by a GM, what does that make me? I founded my own way of delivering a belt ranking martial arts/self-defense system, what does that make me?

I am ranked a fifth degree black belt in my original system, by it's founder. Also, I'm ranked a fifth degree by a GM. As stated above, "I founded..." What does that make me?

For your system, you decide your title. As for the appropriate title under your GM, I would suggest whichever he/she decides.

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