John Riggs wrote:
I agree with the creative accounting statement. Holding an 8th dan in one art and a 6th dan in another and a 7th in another technically would add up to 21 dan ranks. However, saying you hold 21 dan ranks makes it sound like you have 21 separate black belts when in reality you hold multiple dan ranks or levels in 3 arts. Works as a marketing ploy but I find it somewhat misleading and self-aggrandizing. To me, dan ranks in the same art are just a progression of one's training and not separate ranks.
Yes , it is definately something that muddies the water.