Hi guys I'm after a bit of advice I currently hold shodan in shotokan and my club I used to go to has folded which was due low number of people that used to turn up which I was well and truly gutted we practiced karate as a bujutsu more or less and now I'm looking to join a association that offers the same philosophy and not as a sport I've tried joining the JKA which I was let down by a instructor who promised me I could retain my black belt a promise he couldn't keep for some reason now I'm turned to the JKS what are they like are they any good to be affiliated with just don't want to make a mistake
Can't really help with the JKS question specifically but I would say for any body in any organisiation it depends what you are looking for and what you expect to get from being a member. You don't explain about what mistake you are worried about making.
You have already seen what happens when you try and move from one to another, very few (if any) will recognise a dan grade from elsewhere so if you are looking for an association that somehow makes your grade "official" it's probably not going to happen (because none of them are outside of any given group really). Some will want you to start again from scratch, some will want you to re-grade to your current grade, some (very few, more likely at an independent) will take you at your grade then grade you in when you reach their required standard for the next grade. There may well be good reasons for this in some cases (there may not).
Technically I've always been a big fan of Kagawa sensei but realistically your training is pretty much entirely governed by your local dojo instructor on a day by day basis so what is he like? You don't say where you are based btw.
So, the glib answer would be, if good training is your goal then judge it on your local instructor on a day by day basis, if recognition of status within the karate world is a goal then do what everyone else does, pick one of the big groups, put on the blinkers and just consider your status within that group as being it as it doesn't mean anything outside of that group at all (there is no such thing as a recognised world wide all groups black belt).
P.S. Can you add your full name to your signature in your profile settings, just a rule of the forum. Ta.
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