This conversation came up between myself and another guy at my school about how to handle promoting when you open a new school. You obviously would like to hold your students back and make them really deserve the belt so you set a high standard for the rest of your students. Ex. Your first blue belt should be somone who is abusing all the other white belts so those white belts know the level they need to be at before expecting their blue belt BUT... You also want there to be higher belts on your mat when new studenets walk in and are interested in training. You wouldn't want to walk in a school and see a ton a white belts but no higher belts. So, in YOUR opinion what do you think is the best appraoch in regards to promoting if you opened a new school?? Please keep in mind if you hold people back too long you risk people quitting due to lack of progression. IMO its a catch 22. You want to have high standards but you also do not want a school of all white belts who eventually quit bc their goals become unreachable.