Jess from Jessjits wrote a post about training with higher belts and whether she thought it was ok to ask a higher belt to train at your own academy or at someone else’s, and whether or not it would be considered disrespectful.
I’m sure different schools have different rules for this sort of thing, but at ours in general, lower belts wait for higher belts to pick them for training. Also for the most part it’s a non-issue, mainly because higher belts are asked to pick their sparring or training partners for matches before lower ranks. In more of an open mat situation, it’s a little more lax but for the most part if you are a lower rank and you are not sure whether you should ask a higher rank to train (say there are like, 2 or 3 of them warming up or whatever), just sit and wait for someone to ask you. Obviously if it’s just you and one other person free it shouldn’t be that much of an issue. I know from our open mats you’ll be thrown into the mix one way or another: either through a round-robin or someone will grab you to jump in.
I would say if you are visiting another academy, I would definitely err on the side of caution. Also, talk to the instructor and see what their policies are when it concerns live training.
What are the policies at your academy: is it the same as ours, or a little different? Let me know and have a great Wednesday everyone!