Re: Could a child fail a grading?
Not everyone who has the hours we require is ready to perform in front of authority and may not have absorbed the skills necessary simply by osmosis. The hours are a guide and nothing more, one indication that s/he has been around long enough to learn ukemi and terminology. Some adults come to us from Judo and are comfortable with falls but youngsters like this are rare. We will take a young person and a parent aside, suggest they wait for the next cycle and tell them what needs to improve. The alternative is to let the youngster test, hope they have a good day or let them clank in front of the dojo.