Re: should there be an age for black belts?
The way the dojo that my dojo is a branch off of works is there is a kids class for ages 8-14. In the kids class you get belts and do little things, none of the more physically demanding wrist locks, throws, etc... Then when you turn 15 or 16 you get moved to the adult class where you start from 6th kyu. To test you have to first as your instructors permission and if he thinks your ready and you have pracitced for X amount of time you are allowed to test. Testing is held every 3 to 4 months and when you are at the main dojo the head sensei of the area is the one that grades you. To even get to black belt here takes a good amount of years. I have been training for a year and have only reached 5th kyu. Maybe I am just slow, but I would like to believe that I am moving along nicely :-p. If people in my dojo generally misbehave and don't put full effort into training, my sensei won't allow them to test.