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For this question there is only one person to ask: Your trainer(s). Is it okay for them or not? If it is okay for them, always have a normal belt, just in case you do classes or training somewhere else. P.S. Have a look at the class. Do they all wear traditional white gis and plain belts, some kids maybe striped belts? Then the answer will be rather ...


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It happens, and it's not always completely unreasonable. In the first taekwondo school I joined, for example, the 8th dan Korean master deliberately kept the western students at no more than 2nd or 3rd dan even after they'd been chief instructor for their territory or state for years, so it'd be very hard for them to branch off and create their own school. ...


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They do, and it is mostly fraud. The most common way of self-promotion is founding a "new" martial art (or governing body) and claim to be e.g. 10th dan in that martial art or governing body respectively. Most of these guys do gather people who have no idea about martial arts around them and promote their nonsense as secret art or whatever. If they ...


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In my style of karate, promotion is based not only on skill but character as well. When a student is exceptional, but it looks as if he is being held back, there might be some other hidden factor in the equation. There are also those who cannot withstand the hard grading requirement or refuse to endure the required hours. To answer your question, these type ...


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I would be very wary with this: Some styles, rather than having a stripe across the belt at one end, have a stripe along the entire length of the belt. If you get your belt "customised", you may be seen as trying to pretend a higher grade than you actually have. Even if not, it may be regarded as egotistical or disrespectful. More importantly: Where I ...


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