The term "grandmaster" is used in the martial arts nomenclature as meaning head master or head teacher for a martial art style.
What distinguishes a grandmaster from other martial artists to acquire this exalted position?
Here is a list of qualities that together mold the nature of a true grandmaster:
Example Setter; he holds the highest of standards personally and professionally for his students to aspire to.
Outstanding Instructor; he has the ability to effectively bring across the art to his students while himself learning more and remaining current in his art.
Master of His Art; he is proficient in techniques and highly knowledgeable in principles of his art. For example, you can teach a student the technique of a punch but without knowing the principle behind it (that seventy percent of the power is lost if the fist is not gently squeezed like there were an egg inside it), the hit becomes far less effective.
Educationalist; he lights the way for others by keenly sharing all his extensive knowledge and holding nothing back.
Motivator; he arouses courage and confidence in his students and drives them to give their best. He is responsible for his students achieving their level of perfection in sparing, full contact, self defense, and street fighting strategies.
Disseminator; he makes outstanding contributions to the martial art community, strives to keep martial arts recognized world wide, and respects all the arts.
Wise Leader; he teaches never to initiate a fight. That communication is the means to resolve a dispute and that fighting is used as a last resort and only defensively because fighting shows weakness (loss of control) instead of strength regardless of whether you win or lose.
Healer; with his knowledge, he helps to heal his students physically and mentally, keeping them in the best of shape and health.
Humanitarian; he respects, honors, and supports his students, his teacher and other martial artists.
And finally, a grandmaster is humble, patient and kind. Mostly, he is your martial art friend.
The purpose of a grandmaster is not to create fighters but to create grandmasters.
Three renowned grandmasters:
Wong Fei Hung (1847-1924) Hung Gar Ð A healer and medical doctor known as a folk hero (Chinese Robin Hood) who protected the weak and helped the poor.
Gogen Yamaguchi (1909-1989) Karate Ð Decorated by the Japanese Emperor with a Blue Ribbon Medal (Nobel Prize) for spreading Japanese martial arts worldwide.
Yip Man (1893-1972) Wing Chun Ð Distributed Wing Chun across the globe and was the teacher of Bruce Lee.