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Old 07-19-2011, 12:28 PM   #1
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http://www.usnau.com/

Anybody know anything about this? They're selling rank certificates on eBay.
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Old 07-19-2011, 12:39 PM   #2
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Its for their students who want a 1st dan without having to write those essays
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Old 07-19-2011, 12:55 PM   #3
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There's Japanese writing all over those things! Must be legit.
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Old 07-19-2011, 01:14 PM   #4
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Their list of affiliated schools is very impressive indeed.... Reminds me of the Japanese word "Mu".......

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Old 07-19-2011, 03:28 PM   #5
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Wonderfully pure! No actual contact information, not a single named person on their board/ownership/membership...

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Old 07-19-2011, 05:23 PM   #6
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eBay shows that someone actually bought a dan cert off of this company. Should I email them? That could be interesting.
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Old 07-19-2011, 06:19 PM   #7
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eBay shows that someone actually bought a dan cert off of this company. Should I email them? That could be interesting.
Yeah, I think aikiweb should start a recertification program where we show up at their doors demanding they retest

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Old 07-19-2011, 06:20 PM   #8
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Krystal,

How much money do you have to waste? Instead of wasting it on a piece of toilet paper, how about donating it to a charity instead?

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Old 07-19-2011, 06:42 PM   #9
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According to their bio of O Sensei, Morihei Ueshiba was born in Vakayama prefecture, Japan. Funny, I always thought it was Wakayama, but I guess I was wrong...
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Old 07-19-2011, 06:44 PM   #10
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Krystal,

How much money do you have to waste? Instead of wasting it on a piece of toilet paper, how about donating it to a charity instead?

marc abrams
You dont think that cert would look just as good as the one I have with Kisshomaru Doshu's signature? How else can I make sure I'm a real black belt?
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Old 07-19-2011, 07:20 PM   #11
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And how did they get Jorki out of Yoroku?
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Old 07-19-2011, 07:40 PM   #12
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More info. Huh. Notice I had to use a cached copy of the site. I found this by googling goshinkan international, suggested by the eBay seller's handle.

http://webcache.googleusercontent.co...w.g oogle.com
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Old 07-19-2011, 09:05 PM   #13
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Not the first time, won't be the last time.
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Old 07-19-2011, 10:34 PM   #14
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Notice I had to use a cached copy of the site.
Google's caches are gold.

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Handley, Robert M. Kaiso Saito-Ha Shotokan
So who whas Saito then??
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Old 07-20-2011, 08:10 AM   #15
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Its funny enough that its an organization for independents, I the love irony.

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Old 07-20-2011, 09:22 AM   #16
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Its funny enough that its an organization for independents, I the love irony.
Yeah, I was wondering when someone was going to point that out. I love recursion, it makes my brain hurt...

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Old 07-20-2011, 11:05 AM   #17
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http://www.usnau.com/

Anybody know anything about this? They're selling rank certificates on eBay.
Dear All,
Sounds a good marketing ploy.These people might be a lot smarter than most of us.In a free market selling an item is Ok.The buyer has the choice to buy or not.
Cheers, Joe.
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Old 07-20-2011, 01:49 PM   #18
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There's a donkey registry. I have two donkeys (Eeyore and Clementine). I could register them, and then I'd have two registered donkeys. Oooh, fancy!

Same idea. :-)

(Actually the donkey registry's concept is actually to accumulate information on bloodlines, so that's OK. But you don't have to know anything about your donkey's family to register them.)

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Old 07-21-2011, 12:51 AM   #19
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Someone got the ura and omote mixed up, otherwise not so different to many organizations

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I looked at customer's profile page and a couple of his recent searches were Xbox games and candy.
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Old 07-21-2011, 04:23 PM   #21
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Onegaishimasu, I guess we are to understand that people will buy most anything...

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Old 07-22-2011, 05:20 PM   #22
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Anyone know who this goof is? Those test requirements looks real familiar.
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