Talent is relavent to it's time. John L. Sullivan was a world champion boxer in his time. Today, he probably wouldn't be a contender. James Mitose was the first to introduce his version of kenpo in Hawaii. So who would be there with the experience to say if it was good or bad? One way to judge his quality as a instructor would be if others sought him out. Many of his students had no choice, since he and Okazaki were the only instructors on the island who would teach non-Asians. But did black belts from other systems quit theirs, and join Mitose? No. Did black belts quit Mitose and join others? Yes, just about all of them except Thomas Young. William Chow went his own way concentrating on more kung fu. Bobby Lowe joined Kyokushinkai. Paul Yamaguichi joined Goju Ryu. People talk about Ed Parker's first black and brown belts quiting his school to go train with James Wing Woo. Obviously these senior students felt Woo had more knowledge to offer them. James Mitose visited Parker's school several times, and even did a few demonstrations. Did anyone ever leave Parker's school to seek instruction from Mitose? No.