Training under Al tracy's system of kenpo, we train hard and it is what I consider an honor to advance from one belt ranking to the next. More recenetly I have noticed more and more scams out there, about advancing people in rank. For a fee that is to say. I recall seeing in ad in blackbelt magazine where an instructor offered to certify you as a 5th degree black belt for 299.95. Didn't even appear as a test was required. Upon looking on ebay a few days ago, i saw an auction that offered to automatically certify you under the kenpo system as a 1st degree black belt. Why would someone do this? For the money of course. But what does the actual guy who got ripped off get out of all of this. A shiny, fancy diploma!! not to mention a complete false sense of security. What is also bad, i feel, are many of the long distance training programs out there. I saw a chinese kenpo system in particular that made me gasp to say the least. It was called a complete kenpo system in their own words, and upon looking at the lists of techinques, i noticed many black belt techinques were actually orange and purple techinques. So what happnes after the buyer spends all this time doing their supposed training, and paying their fortune to the con artists. Again, the get a false sense of security and assume they can fight whomever they want to and win. Now, I do not mean to say that all training tapes are nonsense, as in effect sometimes it is good to watch them in order to train with the lesser known arts. But this is assuiming the viewer knows what he is doing to a certain degree.