ok... so, I got my first stripe on my white belt last night. I felt very proud that my instructor brought me up in front of the whole class and said a few things about me that reflected my training and skill set. Then she puts the stripe on. Every one clapped, a few people congratulated me, then class went on. Now... what I want to know peoples' feelings about is this... do you feel that actually receiving and wearing a new rank is a little lackluster by the time you actually receive it? I felt like this because, honestly, you're already "at" that rank before you receive it from your instructor. It's merely a formality to have something tangible to represent the intangible skills that you already have. Now, maybe this is just the case because I'm just a white belt... and have a TON to learn... I would like people's thoughts on this... at all levels, if possible. I would love to hear a black belt's perspective, to see if it even applies there.