Yet still continue to train. Is it common? Supposing one does not have any inclination to teach, what would be the justification paying conciderable amounts of money for a mere number denoting ones belt? Is it an ego thing? Even gradings as it is seems meaningless since our classes are not separated by belts. It doesn't effect the training sessions. And even in the event of switching schools, there are no separate classes for 2-5 degree black belts compared to first degree. At least the option to compete against other back belts is available with a first degree black belt.