Black belt testing tomorrow... yikes!!!!

Discussion in 'General Martial Arts Discussion' started by AussieGirl, Feb 10, 2017.

  1. AussieGirl

    AussieGirl Valued Member



    I'm only just slightly freaking out. Tang Soo Do black belt testing tomorrow.
  2. Sandy

    Sandy Valued Member

    Good luck!
  3. Mitch

    Mitch Lord Mitch of MAP Admin

    Go show them what you can do!

  4. Hannibal

    Hannibal Angriest MAP resident.... Supporter

    Good luck, breathe deep, kick bottom!!!
  5. Giovanni

    Giovanni nefarious editor Supporter

    good luck!
  6. Pretty In Pink

    Pretty In Pink Valued Member

    Good luck! :D
  7. Fish Of Doom

    Fish Of Doom Will : Mind : Motion Moderator Supporter

    Go forth and conquer :D
  8. aaradia

    aaradia Choy Li Fut and Yang Tai Chi Chuan Student Moderator Supporter

    Hope you have a great test!
  9. khuang85

    khuang85 New Member

    Take your time during the answering questions part and do your best. And don't get frustrated if you make a mistake.
  10. Giovanni

    Giovanni nefarious editor Supporter

    in what style is the test?
  11. Xanth

    Xanth Valued Member

    Best of luck, though I'm sure you wouldn't be asked to test if they thought you weren't ready !
  12. AussieGirl

    AussieGirl Valued Member

    Tae Kwon Do Tang Soo Do :) Our school is quite traditional with forms (both empty hand and weapons) and one-step combinations, in contrast to the free sparring emphasis of the ATA/WTF schools in my area.
  13. Giovanni

    Giovanni nefarious editor Supporter

    i'm sorry, can you explain when you have a chance. it's tkd? or tsd? or is it both? i thought those were distinct styles.
  14. Jaydub

    Jaydub Valued Member

    Break a leg! ;)
  15. AussieGirl

    AussieGirl Valued Member

    It's tang soo do based on the ethos and techniques/forms that we learn, but this is the federation patch on our uniforms... <shurg>
  16. AussieGirl

    AussieGirl Valued Member

    Wow that photo posted huge. Sorry! I'm not sure how to make it smaller...
  17. Travess

    Travess Misplaced Melancholy Supporter

    Hoping to hear good from you later today... (well, maybe tomorrow for me, as I'm the other side of the pond!)

  18. Simon

    Simon The Bulldog Admin

    Go get 'em girl.
  19. AussieGirl

    AussieGirl Valued Member

    Thanks everyone - I PASSED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I had expected the test to be hard, but... wow... Just in case anyone else finds this thread in the archives and reads it before their test, here's my take-home lessons:

    - fitness is critical. I am SOOOO glad that I hit the gym hard for the 5-6 weeks prior to the test. Some of my fellow candidates couldn't handle the continuous intensity. I've never done so many burpees in my entire life. Our test went for 5 hours, then we had a 1 hour rehearsal for the graduation ceremony performances.

    - acknowledge your mistakes. In our test, we had 9 judges and only 11 people testing (9 for 1st degree, 2 for 2nd). They WILL see mistakes you make - you can't fumble through and think it won't be noticed. For us, the rule was that if you made a mistake (during a form, for example) you had to bow out and shuffle to the side. Afterwards, you were allowed one chance to repeat that element. However, if you didn't acknowledge your mistake, it's a fail because it's seen as dishonesty.

    - hydrate well in the 24-48 hours beforehand. You'll need it.

    - keep your water bottle near your weapons. In the 5 hour test, we only had one official 5 min water break. However we did have to return to our bags periodically to collect or deposit weapons. Great chance to grab a very quick sip.

    - bring running shoes! I didn't expect to finish the test with an outdoor mile run, but thankfully I wore running shoes that day! Some of the candidates were running in flip flops.

    - Crying during testing is an instant fail.

    - Turning up late to testing is an instant fail. Be early. They actually started ours 15 minutes before the official start time. I have no idea why.

    - Just keep going. We had one section where we had to spar each of the school's black belts in turn. It was brutal (and made me realise that I need to be waaaay faster in my techniques if I'm going to avoid the headache that I have now from taking several hard knocks to the head). But you can't give up. Just keep going and the pain will eventually end! LOL

    I hope the above will help someone!
    I've actually just returned from my first training as a black belt. Love the more advanced class and the higher intensity. The pads of my feet are now killing me, the sign of a great workout. Also loved that everyone in the class is my size LOL (it was my biggest peeve with the lower coloured belt ranks.... so many kids in the class that you don't get a real sparring experience when you're twice their height)
  20. Hannibal

    Hannibal Angriest MAP resident.... Supporter

    Congratulations!! Well Done!!

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