I never really wanted to be a grading examiner. In fact, for a long time I used to joke with my students that I would make a terrible examiner because I would be too strict and fail everyone. (What do you mean you can't do Bassai-Dai? How do you ever expect to get your white belt?) But over the last few years it has become apparent that it was going to be a necessary evil, because of a lack of grading examiners in my region (in our organisation) and because of the increasing numbers of clubs and students in that region.