Re: Age limits on black belts??
At our school, you have to be 18 just to start the classes, so age really isn't a problem.
As far as BB rank for young kids go, I can see it happening. I see rankings like school.
Lets say if you go to college for 4 years you get a BA, then you get a masters degree, then a PhD.
Just because you get the PhD, doesn't make all Ph D's equal. You have some that aren't that good at all but they still have the degree, you have some that can teach well, but aren't good at doing it for a job, you have some that are great at their job, but can't teach others what they know.
I use this ideology when I think about rankings. If the PhD just happens to be 16 years old, well then that's cool. If he is an 8 year old prodigy, that's really cool. At some schools, rank is a way to make $$$$$. They have all the colors in the rainbow for belts, and each color has 5 levels. That's some serious cash.
When I was younger, I beat up this guy who was a black belt. He was arrogant, and I guess I was to. I used to make fun of all these people that had rank and couldn't fight. As I matured I realized that rank and fighting skills aren't the same.