Different states, different schools and different association has it's own styles to deal children that can led them to promotions. As to compare when where still in New Jersey they don't have like this proof before you can register for belt testing. Here in Texas, you have to get all the stripes by day to day classess before you are eligible for testing. meaning if you are doin great, masters/instructors will put stripe in your belt as a proof that you get a great job that day until you collect everything. My daughter is very happy the day she got this because finally she could join the coming testing. We are very proud of my daughter and everyone knows that. I know she could do it and well do great.