I thought I would list our dojo's schedule of dan ranking related fees.
- Testing Fee:
- Belt Fee:
- Certificate Fee:
- Annual Renewal Fee:
- Retesting Fee:
- Reissuance of Lost Certificate Fee:
- Recertification Fee:
- Title Fee:
- Fee to Have Certificate Signed by Dignitary:
- Fee to Have Photo Taken With Dignitary Awarding Certificate:
I think that rank is something you earn by sincere hard work, not something you can purchase. And the idea is to develop skill and a good character.
There was a Karate instructor. He was so good that his gi made a loud noise whenever he executed a technique... "ka-ching, ka-ching!"
Three students were arguing about which of them was the best.
"My instructor is the most famous," said the first, "so I am the best!"
"My instructor is a great champion," said the second, "so I am the best!"
"I have you both beat," boasted the third. "I am certainly the best."
"But your instructor is neither famous nor a champion," said the first.
"And to tell the truth, he is not very skilled," said the second.
"That may be true," conceded the third, "but he charged me a fortune for my shodan certificate!" "I must be the best!"
The best things in life are free.
Charles C. Goodin