I watched a Masterchef episode a month or so ago and remember how each of the candidates were interrogated about their aims in the cooking industry. Those who had laser focus seemed to fare better overall, and even demonstrated more skills during the execution of cooking technique.
The panels I've sat on for Black belt gradings seem no different. Not a lot of the focus is on technique. Those grading sheets may contain perhaps one or two points per belt rank focusing on a particular aspect of some technique. But mostly I hear a lot of discussion based on a black belt's understanding of application, their personal motivation, and ... surprisingly, their continued commitment.
I remember a really interesting discussion once surrounding how a brown belt should be retained in grade because of the continued growth that retention would have created. This is the real black belt journey at a rarefied level, folks. Sometimes waiting a little while more for the belt is also important!
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