Belt testing for kids at martial arts schools can be a controversial topic.
The reason why is that some martial arts schools have figured out that doing a lot of belt tests, without worrying about the quality of the students, can be a big money maker. Students that keep getting new ranks stay on an emotional high, parents pay for the tests, and they tend not to quit.
Many schools do this because of advice that one of the big martial arts billing companies has given them: martial arts schools should be like public high schools. They should have very high graduation rates, and not having high graduation rates is a failure of the school. They also believe in a 4 year graduation – achieving black belt (some now even do a 2.5 year black belt – but that’s for another article.)
These schools are referred to as “McDojos.” (more…)