Don Magee wrote:
I'm of the opposite standing. I prefer rank to be based on physical ability and technique vs time in rank.
I actually think it should be about both. I've seen both sides of this, now, and I believe there should be a minimum time in rank before someone promotes, but there should also be some technical standards.
I'm not as big on formal testing as I once was. But some kind of technical evaluation is required, IMO.
I tell my students that their promotion is based on three things: attendance, technical ability and attitude. We have ten kyu ranks. The first three promotions are mostly about attendance. The next six are more about technical ability. After that, it's mostly about attitude. But all three are evaluated at every level, it's just a question of weighting.