While reading the Dern 'silly rank' thread, something occured to me.
For those that questioned retaining rank after a break in training on principle, instead favoring starting over again, or staring at a lower rank equal with skill...how does that translate to aging/injury?
If physical performance is the primary measure of rank, should people lose it as time passes them by, or they injure themselves permanently preventing them from, say performing acceptable high kicks, etc?
I pose this as a hypothetical, looking for general thoughts, because we all know umpteen exceptions to the rule.
I really see rank as an indicator of knowledge and experience first and foremost, and then the physical dependent on age/fitness. So, do I always expect to be beaten up by a higher rank? No. Do I expect to be able to learn from them? Yes.