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    Too Many People Miss My Points

    Well whether or not they do remain at a lower belt would depend on whatever system their instructor has in place on how students get promoted, I talk more extensively about this in my "Not All Dojos Function The Same" thread.
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    Too Many People Miss My Points

    The teacher sets the standards that the student has to meet in order to earn belts, it is the teacher who decides what a student has to develop in terms of skill and technique to be able to earn the various belts, but there are some students who want to meet those standards and thus earn the...
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    Not All Dojos Function The Same

    If only the martial arts were as simple as college, oh wait it is.
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    Not All Dojos Function The Same

    You can always learn from your past, and when stuff in the past doesn't work out the way you want it to, before you can truly move on you might at least want some closure. Well when you learn martial arts it is also scheduled and controlled within the walls of the dojo, just like college.
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    Not All Dojos Function The Same

    Passing a test can be special enough, depending on how hard the test was.
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    Not All Dojos Function The Same

    Perhaps, but you should also learn from your mistakes, you should learn why you didn't meet your goal (which includes meeting it within a certain set time period) and what you could've done different. Well college is an example of something where you might set goals, people set goals about...
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    Too Many People Miss My Points

    And yet teachers use analogies all the time.
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    Too Many People Miss My Points

    Whether or not belt tests matter a lot depends. Some students want to earn belts some students don't, so it depends on what the student wants. Perhaps, and it would also help if people wouldn't take into account stuff I've said in other threads. People use analogies as debate tools all the...
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    Not All Dojos Function The Same

    Such as pass a test?
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    Not All Dojos Function The Same

    Well you could try to meet goals within certain time limits. You might not always be successful but there is no reason you can't try, although you should be reasonable with your goals and time limits if you hope to meet them. Why not? College is a part of life for many people.
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    Too Many People Miss My Points

    Too many people on this forum miss my points. Now that's not the same as agreeing with my points, Im fine with people disagreeing with my points, but the problem is when people don't get my points in the first place. I must say, some of the people on this forum are kings and queens of missing...
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    Not All Dojos Function The Same

    But we set time periods all the time. Most people set a time period of 13 years to get a high school diploma (kindergarten and then grades 1-12), people set time periods in which to get college degrees, more advanced degrees, promotions at work, ect. And people do set time frames to fall in...
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    Not All Dojos Function The Same

    Taking a pause and appreciating the sites now and then is all fine and dandy as long as you make sure that you're still going to arrive at the summit within the time period that you hope and plan to get there. Remember, time is precious.
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    Not All Dojos Function The Same

    So in other words, aside from certain circumstances where you might need rank to be able to do certain stuff (learn more material, compete, teach, ect.) you're saying rank is no big deal.
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    Not All Dojos Function The Same

    Well some people might have a certain amount of natural ability in which case they can perform well while training less hard but in the long run if you want to be the best you can be you are going to have to train hard regardless of any natural ability you might have.
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    Not All Dojos Function The Same

    That is more or less how my Goju Ryu instructor does it, he does do some formal testing but all too often when you're being tested you won't know it. He does run quite a small dojo though so its easier to do it that way. And yes with formal testing there is stress involved, formal testing...
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    Not All Dojos Function The Same

    If you're in class you're expected to do the drills, at least that's my experience with the dojos I've been to.
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    Not All Dojos Function The Same

    Obviously you have to watch the student perform but even that is very broad. By watching the student perform that could mean watching the student in class, watching them in class every day that they're in class, or it could mean watching the student in a formal test. Both cases deal with...
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    Not All Dojos Function The Same

    Up to and including first degree black belt, and beyond that if you want to progress further.
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    Not All Dojos Function The Same

    True, often when you do go up in rank you get to learn new material.
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    Not All Dojos Function The Same

    Some people might agree with you that ranks are important, some people might disagree. Based on both the posts that people make on this forum and from what I observe in the martial arts community in general some people care about earning rank some people don't. Either way is fine, although I...
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    Not All Dojos Function The Same

    Well some stuff we remember better then other stuff. I thought I had posted it on this forum before but yes I finally did take the black belt test and passed after almost ten years of being at high brown belt (the rank right before black belt) but it took me much longer then it should've and so...
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    Not All Dojos Function The Same

    Well in order to develop the ability to perform, if by perform you mean performing well since there is a difference between performing well and just performing, requires more then just showing up and training. You've also got to train hard. You've got to put in a lot of effort if you want to get...
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    Not All Dojos Function The Same

    So how do instructors gauge your ability to perform? They could do it through daily observations as they watch you in class or they could do it through formal testing. Some dojos use formal testing, there's nothing wrong with that.
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    Not All Dojos Function The Same

    You sure have quite a memory and in this other thread people talked about how they sometimes forget stuff I said from years back. Anyway, at the dojo I was attending at the time they ran promotion tests about every four months and it was up to the student if they wanted to sign up and test for...
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    Not All Dojos Function The Same

    True, and where I train in Gracie Jiu Jitsu its called an academy, but the term dojo is sometimes used as a generic term for marital arts school. But that's not the point.
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    Not All Dojos Function The Same

    So all you have to do is show up and train, regardless of how hard or easy you train, regardless whether or not you not only train hard but also train smart, and you will automatically be promoted in rank just for showing up? In other words, the only requirement for rank advancement is...
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    I Do Have A Sense Of Humor

    Well at least I've made my point. You might not agree with it but what's most important is that I made my point in the first place.
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    Not All Dojos Function The Same

    I should realize that not everybody here has the same experience as me in the martial arts of training at different dojos. People on this forum are at all different levels of experience and so we've got a Beginners Corner as well as other folders. Some people don't have much experience training...
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    I Do Have A Sense Of Humor

    See post #100
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