Ok me and my buddy have been at this academy for a little over 7 months. We train more often than anybody thats signed up, and we've only missed a few classes in all of the 7 months, while most people miss atleast a class a week. We've been continiously passed over for promotion and we both have 2 stripes on our white belts. There are now people with 2 stripes aswell who have only been training for 3 or 4 months and are nowhere near us skill wise. We regularly both tap a couple of the new blue belts and 3 and 4 stripe white belts. My buddy even tapped a purple belt and a blue belt back to back in the same class last week. It seems like our coach promotes people based on politics and social reasons. We both give blood, sweat, and tears on the mats day in and day out but we're receiving zero recognition for it. Our instructor is an amazing teacher and has limitless knowledge of bjj and we like the people there so its a shitty situation. My question is I don't know if it's inappropriate to ask him why we aren't being promoted. Also if we do let him know where unhappy, then he promotes us right after, wouldn't you guys feel like that cheapens the accomplishment? Has anyone else been in a similar situation? Any advice is appreciated!