Re: Philippine ranking and other stories
I'm amazed that there are dojo and/or associations in which you do not have to test to advance in rank.
In our association, testing is nly done twice a year, spring and fall. Black belt tests are only done in the spring.
Your sensei alone cannot test and promote you. Testing is a stressful time and we have to travel to our shihan's dojo where the tests are observed by all the senior black belt ranks in the association. All tests are videotaped and the shihan peruses the footage.
You are not invited to test until they are reasonably sure you will pass, so there is also constant evaluation at every keiko.