Cameron Quinn says in his book that that when Jacques
breaking a brick, he laughingly asked "You're
a sixth dan
black belt. What do you give me if I break two?"
and then proceeded to do so with a single blow!
"Big Jacques" Sandulescu had been Mas
Oyama's close friend and "gaijin brother" since
the early 1960s, when they met on one of Sosai's early trips
to the United States. It's a meeting made legendary in the Karate
Baka Ichidai comic books, with the result that people always
ask Jacques, "Did you fight him?" (Isn't that always
how strong men become friends?)
Let the answer remain shrouded in mystery; what we can say is that Jacques
then a Greenwich Village coffeehouse and jazz-bar owner, today
an author and actor trained with Sosai
for six hours
a day up to the rank of nidan
, and received one of Sosai
own belts. Though Sosai
did award Jacques a 6th dan
consonant with his advisory status, Jacques has never worn it and still
trains in that "old" belt.