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#284606 - 09/11/06 03:00 AM Re: Deception in MA (pt1) - 'Halls of Fame' *DELETED* [Re: Ed_Morris]
ShikataGaNai Offline
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Registered: 08/27/05
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Loc: Bellingham, WA
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#284607 - 09/11/06 06:45 AM Re: Deception in MA (pt1) - 'Halls of Fame' *DELETED* [Re: ShikataGaNai]
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#284608 - 09/12/06 07:45 PM Re: Deception in MA (pt1) - 'Halls of Fame' *DELETED* [Re: Ed_Morris]
mskajukenbo Offline
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Registered: 08/11/06
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Loc: bay area california
we get a couple of these 'notifications' every year addressed to our school's chief instructor...claiming he's been inducted into some real original truly legit ma hall of fame...the last one was to be held in la and it was just like you described...lots of cash for the 'dinner' and awards ceremony copied invitations for your school members to attend with place for credit card numbers so they could rsvp by phone
...maybe it might be cheaper to just go to kinkos and make your own official certificate.

the exhaustive list catagories as well as an urging for additional catagory inventions as well as six personal nominations, in one of the induction letters was truly ludicrous...they featured such hof catagories as most improved student, sparring, push ups, class attendance...i will keep the next one for reference and post....i hope not too many were fooled by these efforts!

mskajukenbo



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#284609 - 09/12/06 09:20 PM Re: Deception in MA (pt1) - 'Halls of Fame' [Re: mskajukenbo]
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thank-you for confirming the jist of the thread...hopefully people will save their money on more important stuff...like... training equipment.

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#284610 - 09/12/06 10:07 PM Re: Deception in MA (pt1) - 'Halls of Fame' [Re: Ed_Morris]
wristtwister Offline
like a chiropractor, only evil

Registered: 02/14/06
Posts: 2210
Loc: South Carolina
Dear Mr. Morris,
This is to notify you that you've been elected to the "Wristtwister Hall of Fame". Your award is very prestigious, and will be made at the time and place of your choosing (right after your check clears).

In addition to being added to the prestigious list of inductees, you will also be awarded the title of (please send in your request with an additional check as scheduled in the application).

For a nominal fee, all your students can also be recognized and awarded hall of fame honors, beginning with "most accomplished beginner" up to "almost as good as the originator" (again, once your check clears).

Please accept my sincere gratitude for your contributions to the martial arts, the hall of fame, and my soon to be opened HOF bank account... As a "founding member" you will be allowed to order a la carte at your "hall of fame dinner" (for a small additional fee). It will be great to meet you at last, and to cash your... have dinner with you.

You may display your HOF certificate prominently, and refer to it often... It's going to cost you a bundle... uh, it is a very costly award, and printed at our cost (by Kinko's). Actual signatures by masters of the martial arts will be another optional extra, and your certificate will be... in the words of "Mick" (Rocky's trainer)... "a t'ing of beauty".

Congratulations!



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#284611 - 09/12/06 10:17 PM Re: Deception in MA (pt1) - 'Halls of Fame' [Re: wristtwister]
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"First my name in the phonebook...and now THIS! Things are going to start happening to me now."
-Navin Johnson
(steve martin, in 'The Jerk')

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#284612 - 09/12/06 10:26 PM Re: Deception in MA (pt1) - 'Halls of Fame' [Re: Ed_Morris]
wristtwister Offline
like a chiropractor, only evil

Registered: 02/14/06
Posts: 2210
Loc: South Carolina
Sorry Ed,
just couldn't resist.... your check bounced...



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#284613 - 09/12/06 10:51 PM Re: Deception in MA (pt1) - 'Halls of Fame' [Re: wristtwister]
Ed_Morris Offline
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Registered: 11/04/05
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well, I wasn't going to go too deep into the comedy aspect of this thread...but
{Ed does 'officer and a gentleman' impression: "I got no where else to go! I got no place else to goooo..."}



Cheezy Hall of Fame certificates and awards:

The printer might have been low on ink...
http://www.samurai-arts.co.nz/World_Karate_Union_Hall_of_Fame.jpg

http://www.aftamartialarts.com/web%20ready%20hall%20of%20fame%20letter.jpg

"On Saturday, May 21st, 2005 Master Joel Bowling
was inducted again into the USA Black Belt hall of fame.
Master Bowling was given the Life Time Achievement Award,
which is rare for someone to receive at the age of 43."
http://www.aftamartialarts.com/web%20ready%20hall%20of%20fame%20picture.jpg
(interesting use of the word 'rare'. lol)

"I'm SOMEBODY!!"
http://www.uwyo.edu/news/show.asp?id=939

http://kickpics.dncsi.com/graphics/KICKPICS_Hall_of_Fame_Notification.jpg

here's one that reads like an Ed McMan sweepstakes winner:
http://www.plumblossom.net/Grandmaster/HallOfFame.html

The HOF banquet: for people who thought two high school proms wasn't enough.
http://www.kumulua.com/site/view/MasterHallofFame.pml;jsessionid=F45D25BC053671166023418FE7EAF584
subcategories:
Most likely to be seen.
Most likely to be performing.
Most likely to be high kicking.
Least likely to be humble.
Most likely to be kicked in the nuts from a 5-year old McStudent.

Hall of 'my shiit dont stink' Fame
http://wmahf.semkhor.com/static/wmahf_splash.html

Hall of 'exploit your kid' Fame
http://www.karateangels.com/fame.html

Sokemon cards: collect 'em all!
http://www.uscra.info/images/hall_of_fame-vladimir.jpg

http://www.warriorquestsociety.com/images/September2004_1.jpg
quote: "How can the life of such a man, be in the palm of some fool's hand?"

EXACTLY. lol

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#284614 - 09/12/06 11:18 PM Re: Deception in MA (pt1) - 'Halls of Fame' [Re: Ed_Morris]
wristtwister Offline
like a chiropractor, only evil

Registered: 02/14/06
Posts: 2210
Loc: South Carolina
I think all these guys should go into the "bad English skills" and "Pi$$ poor spelling" hall of fame. They have no concept of how to frame a sentence or how to spell words that should be simple enough to understand.

Maybe we should start the "failure to proofread their website information" HOF... it's probably more legitimate than their MA credits...

The ones I love are those that are misspelled and phrased improperly by "DR. so and so"... they must be too smart or accomplished to be bothered by spelling errors...

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#284615 - 09/13/06 02:53 AM Re: Deception in MA (pt1) - 'Halls of Fame' [Re: Ed_Morris]
Dereck Offline
Prolific

Registered: 10/04/04
Posts: 10413
Loc: Great White North
Ed, in my work I have attended quite a few seminars. Sometimes the certificates are in the handout books in the back. Sometimes the certificates are on the back table as you leave. Some even go as far as mailing it to you. No matter what that is all they are ... a piece of paper and mean absolutely nothing ... though I do take pride in the Dale Carnegie 12 week course I took and was awarded by my class members Achievement Award and Personal Progress Award as these were not handed out to everybody and the class nominated you for them.

And like you have pointed out you can download or send away for many of these which further dilutes anything prestigious about awards. Unless it is done by your peers and actually means something and you don't flaunt it or stick it out for everybody to see, then it is meaningless.
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