after black, how do they earn degrees or stripes? the 'blue belt test' thread got me wondering how in the world do you earn not only black, but black and x degree or even red? is it just that the best black belts who are tapping others are getting ranked? and red is to honor the king of the gjj dynasty of the time? that's the only way i could see it. i was thinking there had to be some limit to the greatness, but then again, there's always a winner and always a loser so i guess that's how it goes.