I had a dear friend tell me he had never failed a ranking test, until he tested for 2nd brown in Goju-Shorei.
I had a person fly me out to Nashville so she could test in front of her students. She didn’t pass. She didn’t quit and now she is the Goju-Shorei Weapons Director.
I had a person fly me to Kansas City to teach and test. He assumed he would automatically pass because he was paying for travel and my fee. He didn’t pass and he quit.
I have had students quit after not passing a ranking test.
I’ve had students quit because they were not tested when they thought they were ready.
I did not pass at least three tests in my martial arts career.
Those that quit did not trust the process – nor the instructors.
The higher the rank the more demanding the test, and the narrower the window to advancement.
If one member of the testing board casts a no vote then the test has to be retaken. The reasoning is that the dissenting member saw some things that should be improved, and their opinion needs to be respected – else why invite them to sit on the board.
Trust the process.