We (MAD systems) have and always seen it as a personal journey and everyone learns at their own pace with varying degrees of understanding.  Through the systems that we teach some use a grading system and you will be graded in those systems accordingly but in general we have changed the way we look at “grading and ranking” we now look at it in the light of Student and Teacher.  We are all learning at all times and only our degree of understanding changes as the experience of our training develops and grows.

Instead of belted rankings we may refer to a students journey in terms of levels ie; level 1, level 2 etc. or beginner, intermediate or advanced depending on the style and system being trained.