Re: Protocol Question
Another option to consider is to skip a formal belt until you've trained their for a bit and had a chance to both self-assess, and be evaluated by the instructors. Use a simple rope to stand in for the formal belt, and allow the instructor to position you where he chooses during class line ups. (I use this "humility rope" in certain training environments, where I don't want to much emphasis on who's wearing what rank -- but just want people to LEARN; I stole the practice from our Chief Instructor.) It's a signal to other students that you're temporarily outside the normal progressions, so that you won't have a new student follow you through a mistake, or more experienced students wonder why a black belt can't do something.
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