Re: What is Martial Arts Rank?
In the lower kyu ranks I think it's suppose to reflect an understanding about the principles being taught for that particular level. However how that gets interpreted within the dojo is probably in the eye of the beholder. As you get into to the higher ranks, especially Dan ranks, it takes on a bit more weight and responsibility. I do agree that testing in front of folks outside the immediate circle of the dojo is a good thing. I also agree that the rank reflects your dedication the art. In our dojo its ultimately the responsibility of the individual to step up and prepare himself/herself for testing.