I think belt testing is a great concept. Too often we are focused on achieving something and not celebrating the results. The material can only fulfill you to an extent. I like belt testing for that reason. I don’t like belt testing fees, which may sound strange. I remember testing for my black belt and it was $300, that is a lot of money for a belt.
The experience of my belt test, however, was worth something. I can’t put a price on it. In fact, if you wanted to trade any of the experiences I had in the martial arts for money I would decline. Seeing how far I can push myself in that type of environment is very positive, and I think it is positive for the kids too. Positive reinforcement can only go so far, and sometimes you have to see how much someone can take.
We test our kids in class before we let them test. I do not know about you, but if I went to my daughter’s piano performance and she was awful I would be pretty upset at the teacher. Well I would be, if I wasn’t honest about how my daughter’s attitude is towards most things. The goal is to make sure when you see your child perform at testing they are already promoted by us, they are just showing parents their skills and getting the experience of testing. Parents never give me a hard time when I fail their kids. They either trust me or they don’t.