|The fake certificate sent to me (compare to Asai Sensei's writing below).|
|Here is an authentic diploma from Asai Sensei. It is blatantly clear that the certificate shown above this one is fake.|
In sum, fake certificates are prevalent in karate and the martial arts, it is sad but a reality. If a certificate is presented to you, or you can see it, the chances are that you wont be able to establish its authenticity (as based on my little experiment even my senior students, who knew Asai Sensei personally, couldn’t). Therefore, rather than rely on paper, use the above two points to verify peoples qualifications/authenticity. Indeed, this can also be verified by contacting either the JKA or JKF. Osu, André Bertel.
|I have added this diploma to supplement the original article. Please note Sensei's signature (in Kanji) in comparison to the fake certificate.|