I only have a moment to comment, but wanted to do so on Daniel's statement. I agree 100% in regards to the 'graduation' mentality because this promotes the viewpoint that the students has 'arrived' or 'finished' the training when in reality they (should) be ready to move beyond the basics into more advanced/in-depth concepts. I think the common complaint is student retention in many arts, TKD being amoung them. But when the focus is so strongly on belts/rank and the BB is seen as something it clearly shouldn't be...it is a self-fulfilling prophecy in a way. Rank is stressed and pushed and when they get the big, bad BB...in their view that is it and time to move on to something else.