I know every style and every school has a different ranking system, from white to black. I am asking for opions on Black Belt Ranks/Dans. I tested for and received my 1st Dan in 1998, shortly after I moved away from the school where I received my black belt. I recently, very recently, return to the school as a student and instructor. I have been a black belt for 12 years however I have not been actively training for those 12 years. I still know all the material and relearnong the Kata's. the come back as soon as I see them. My Master would like me to test for my 2nd Dan at our next testing. It will most likely be in December. I feel Ican be ready in that time, as in my opinion you never stop learning. My question is do this seem fair, allowing me to obtain the next Dan to the students of the school, who may not fully see or understand my promotion? Thanks in advance for any comments or advice.