John Riggs wrote:
I am just curious. Do people put importance on verification of someone's credentials? Especially an instructor. With so much martial arts fraud out there do people care? ... In both cases, I have turned up empty handed but I'm the bad guy. Hmm.
IMHO, credential do matter to a degree. They speak to the honor and integrity of the instructor, not the quality of the instruction. If people say up front they have no credentials, then fine. But to say they have it and don't, or bought it, makes me question.
I like knowing the lineage of my instructors. Honor and ethics matter to me. And yes, that has made me the bad guy.
IMHO, usually its the people without credentials that complain that credentials, or where they got them, doesn't matter.