Hey josh. I probably should have used quote tags instead of ""s. Those were quotes from another site in regard to our art as reflected by Mr. Geary. No. I didn't miss the promotion process, and I guess I understand your point. But please understand that I am fully familliar with belt progression and rankings. I'll try not to sound like I am crucifying Mr. Geary, as I have no dog in the fight. But I will use Mr. Geary's own words to give you an idea of why some in the MA community may take humbrage to Mr. Geary's understanding of progression. http://www.christophergeary.com/autobiography-6.php I don't know. His technique then may have been incredible! But the above is no way to garner respect from an informed MA practitioner. In my opinion, the above statement actually shows a lack of understanding of MA progression. There are very solid reasons why most masters demand time and perserverence for the recognition of a Black Belt. A black belt says far more than technique, and I would hope that someone in the position of creating black belts would also recognize this. And to imply that he progressed to it is a misstatement, since he never gave the ranking master an opportunity to make a truthfully informed decision to do so (not to mention that he skipped several steps to bb via the dishonesty). My feelings are that the work and process make the practitioner, and the dan rankings are a symbol of the result and not the result itself. Too many people forget that. I'm not trying to break his balls, and have no stake in the drama. I promise. I wish him the best. I realize that this is absolutely none of my business, so have kept most of my most critical impressions to myself. I merely wanted to offer an idea as to why some in the kempo community might form such polar opinions on the matter, and offer such an emotional response to the founder of your system. I hope that I have not offended, as that was in no way my intention. I'm not here to stir the hive, and have written more into the discussion than I have a right to. Take care, God bless, and enjoy your "process".