<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Van Canna:
Which brings up the subject again as to what duty is owed to Dan test candidates.
I thought about this and thought about this... especially after hearing (and having seen) some "horror" stories. My gut response is that there is very little duty owed to the Dan test candidates, but that isn't right or true. It seems to me that a Dan candidate should be able to handle the situation and deal with it. Even if
dealing with it means calling "safe" or "yame'" and bowing out (one's health and well-being is more important than what's tied around their waist, IMNSHO). Then again, on further thought, I think that there is
a duty to the candidate from not only the instructors and other participants, but also the board of examiners. Here's my reasoning... If you have someone who is sparring for their Dan rank and you were to put them up against a Gary K., Bobby S., Joe P. or any of a number of other experts, that person would be hard pressed (in 99.999% of the cases) to even hold their own! (And I don't care if they're going for Sho-dan or Hachi-dan!) In that case, it is almost
(notice, not completely) unfair to ask someone to go toe-to-toe with these experts. The mere test can be intimidating enough without having to stare across at one of these, ahem, " fighting monsters".
So, in that regard, I'd think that not only does the opponent (of the candidate) have a duty to be careful of the candidate's safety, but also the board of examiners... to be mindful of what's happening and stop things from going too far. (Seriously, when talking about Sho-dan to San-dan candidates, it should be relatively simple to put them up against someone who can dispatch them without breaking a sweat... Then again, those on a level of a Joe, Gary, Bobby, etc... have enough control to let someone know they've mixed it up without causing injury... a fine line...)
Anyway, just some humble stream-of-conciousness thoughts... since you asked.