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Old 09-22-2009, 10:14 AM   #22
Phil Van Treese
Dojo: Tampa Judo and Aikido Dojo, Tampa, Fl
Location: Tampa, Florida
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 177
Re: Test Passing Standards - What is it?

Standards??? There are 2 standards I have. 1) is that the knowledge backs up the rank and NOT the rank backing up the knowkledge. I, as I have said before, never tell a student, or students, that they're testing. Either they know it or they don't. I look for what they know and sometimes I give them a situation that they haven't had. Then I watch and see how they do. Everyone learns at a different pace so promotions will also come at a different pace. The 2nd standard is that they earn the rank. I am promoting 2 students tonight---1 to sankyu and the other to yonkyu. Took them a little longer to get there but they EARNED it. That's a standard that has no compromise---rank has to be earned and the knowledge has to be there to justify the rank.
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