Flash Back June 1998
Mushrooming of fake martial arts instructors
There are an estimated 2000 to 3000 Black Belt holders in the whole of the North East region, including several instructors who claim to be presently holding high ranks in the discipline of martial arts. There are even persons who claim to be 4th, 5th, and 6th Dan holders. This is very doubtful as it takes at least 25 years of training to achieve this.
A lot of unscrupulous persons who have no other livelihood too have joined the ranks of martial art instructors as there are no Government regulations regarding the regularization of martial arts credentials. This means that any person can wear a Black Belt and start a martial arts school. Many of these fake Black Belt holders have several schools all over the states and have many students. The majority of these students are children who are not aware that they are being taken for a ride.
Such quacks are so well organized that they even issue certificates. These certificates may look very impressive to the layman but in reality have no meaning or value. These quacks issue their fake Black Belt certificates quite liberally to their students. Some students who obtain these fake Black Belt certificates start their own martial arts schools and begin printing their own certificates for their own students and in this way the mushrooming of these fake martial arts schools continues.