I found out yesterday that my Master wished to test me early for my black belt. (In our school once you reach “Preliminary Black Belt” you have to wait a year before you eligible to test for 1st Dan.) Many of the other black belts in the school agreed with him. He wanted to test me this past fall. What stopped him was one other black belt said that it wouldn’t be fair to those who have waited. Why break the rules for one?
I would have agreed. If I were approached and asked to test early, I would have said the same thing. It would be wrong to break the rules for one. I would wait the full year. I do not want to cause a disharmony in the school.
It’s tough though, because I can see it as an honor to, being asked to test early, that means that you’re seen as ready to progress.
In an earlier circumstance (I was around 4th Gup [Green belt 2 stripes] at the time), and instructor approached me at end of class and asked me to stand up with him in front of class, as a “senior student” and the class would have bowed to me to. I politely refused and said it was not appropriate as I was not a black belt. (In our school, just black belts stand in the front of the class. Never have I seen an under-rank stand with them.)
To me it would have been a dishonor to the school, should I have accepted either of those. It also would have caused some disharmony among the students.
Was this the right thing to do?