Hello, all! This is my first post. I'm two weeks into training (Shorin-Ryu), and I have some weight to lose - 100 pounds to be exact. There's that "free uniform" that you get, that is clearly of lower quality than the gis worn by others. Inevitably; I'm going to have to buy new gis as I loose weight. But my question isn't about the gi itself. I'm also finding higher quality belts online than what's given at the dojo. Some of these companies offer kanji/katakana embroidery on the belts. At my dojo, I only see yudansha with such embroidery. Before I go asking whether or not kyu belts are permitted to have the embroidery, what I want to know is that even it is permitted... would I be perceived as a "douche" or "that guy" if I ordered one? In case you believe the answer is "no," and you follow up by asking me why I would ask this question, here's why: at my job, people often put letters at the end of their name in their signature block of their email. I don't think anyone would have an issue with a PhD doing it. Some people with master's degrees do it. I have an MBA, and I don't do it because least half the people at job have a master's so none of the people putting MBA, MS, MA, etc in their signature blocks are impressing anyone. Even more laughable are people with a bachelor's degrees doing it. My job actually stepped in and made a rule that only graduate degrees can be put in signature blocks - presumably because they were cringed out by all the BA's and BS's after people's names. That said... I want to look as sharp and dedicated as possible. But I don't want to be "that guy." What is your take?