I have a gold belt with two stripes, in Tae Kwon Do. I made the rank more than sixteen years ago. I can still do most of the moves, but their effectiveness would be questionable at best.
you think gold belt is high, you're wrong. It's the second rank, above beginner/novice. I have the stripes because I couldn't pass all of the orange belt tests, but passed two of them (meditation and sparring.)