I had a good laugh at our lunchtime training session today and I thought I'd re-tell the story here to get some opinions. My instructor has several affiliate academies in different locations with a variety of belt ranks teaching under our club banner. One of these affiliate clubs recently had a group of whitebelts fly into Melbourne (I won't mention from, where but its a decent flight of 5+ hours) to do some classes, get some privates and hopefully have the most senior of them receive his Blue Belt. During their time here (a week or so) they turned up to around 2 classes and 1 private (they neglected to turn up for their second booked private due to being hungover) they spent most of their time drinking & shopping etc. When it came time for the more experienced of them to test for his Blue my coach made him roll against one of our blue belts (10kg lighter than the white) and a 3 stripe whitebelt for his chance to earn his blue belt. Side note:This is normal at my school as we usually have to either win in competition or win one (sometimes several) in class rolls when our coach decides we're ready to maybe move up a rank. Sometimes guys get graded sometimes they don't and they have to wait a little while until they get another chance. Anyway this guy got tapped twice and therefore my coach did not award the guy his belt. Fast forward a week and they'd all gone home only to email my coach and say they're cancelling their affiliation due to that guy not getting his belt... apparently they were really angry that they had spent the money flying over here and for privates (that they only attended 1 of) and did not get a new belt to show for it. I had a good laugh at this as it seems hilarious to me they would prefer to have a head coach who likes to give out rank based on financial contribution rather than skill level. What are your thoughts on this?