A grading is much more than a physical test. It is an experience to assist in the balance of the body, mind and spirit of a student’s development in the martial arts. As a student moves up in the Black Belt Dan levels, this will become more apparent, where one’s character may potentially determine a pass or fail in a grading.
A student having clearly performed and met all mandatory requirements of the previous kyu (i.e. yellow belt) and the attempted kyu (i.e. green belt) is granted a pass. The passing criteria are based on all prerequisites (mandatory requirements at the grading itself, grading essay, grading and membership fees are current, regular attendance at class).
A conditional pass is based on an area of development or incompleteness/pre-maturity in the kyu mandatory requirements and prerequisites. The student will be made aware of the results and will require further teaching and training to bring the area in question to a respective passing level. The student will not pass the next level kyu grading if the area of the condition is not corrected.
The failing criteria is based on an area of development in the kyu mandatory requirements and prerequisites that is below the standards expected. The student will be made aware of the results and will require further teaching and training to bring the specified area(s) to a passing level. The student will be given another grading opportunity once the required standards and prerequisites are obtained and the will be no second grading fee levied.
A grading is for the student as well as the instructor to examine the results of his/her training during a period of time. Often student may come to a self-realization of their results in a grading and may become aware of the mistakes made and the area(s) requiring improvement.
What you put into your study/training of the martial arts is exactly what you will get out of it.