Santa Brought Me My 2nd Dan

Discussion in 'Tae Kwon Do' started by kwang gae, Dec 24, 2005.

  1. kwang gae

    kwang gae 광개 Sidekick Specialist

    Santa brought me my 2nd Dan promotion. Well actually I had to fight for it! For a jolly fat man he moves pretty quick!

    We had three Master level BB's oficiating, and five 2nd or higher BB's judging. Our testing lasted only about 4 hours, but there were only two of us going for 2nd Degree, and one person going for her 3rd Dan (she got it! -- she's an amazing Martial Artist and only 17).

    For 2nd Dan we had to break at four stations, each two inches thick, two hand techniques and two foot techniques. I broke with palm heel, hammer fist, side kick and axe kick.

    Of course we had to do our patterns up to Gae Baek, but to make it more challenging we were doing them all out of sequence.

    Probably the most challenging part of the test though was the theory (for me). 10 pages of questions about the patterns, principles of power, etc. etc., that we had to work on in between sparring, breaking and forms. No time was specifically set aside to work on the theory so you just had to grab your test whenever you were allowed to get water or any other spare moment.

    Any way, with the drills, the sparring, the forms the breaks and the grueling theory portion, I felt like we worked pretty hard for it. As soon as the BB testing was was over we had to officiate the color belt testing. :)

    That always makes me feel better about my form! :D
  2. Dr.Quinn

    Dr.Quinn BOLO!!!

  3. kwang gae

    kwang gae 광개 Sidekick Specialist

    LOL. Thanks Medicine Woman!

    (I should point out that DQ trains where I do, and was one of the students I judged in the color belt testing. Now where did I put my big "FAILED" stamper?)
  4. Dae Han

    Dae Han New Member

    Congrats on your promotion! Welcome to wierd and wonderful world of 2nd Dans... we rule!
  5. Signal9TN

    Signal9TN New Member


    Clarksville, TN here
  6. rtkd-badger

    rtkd-badger Fundimentaly Manipulated

    Hey, well done.
    All santa brought me was a 6 star hangover and a coffee maker, but no bloody coffee to go with it :bang:
  7. HwaRang

    HwaRang Just don't call me flower

    must have been a 7 star hangover if you didnt realise you could make coffee with the coffee machine :D
  8. Kwajman

    Kwajman Penguin in paradise....

    Congrats, keep up the hard work. I hope to test in June.
  9. kwang gae

    kwang gae 광개 Sidekick Specialist

    Thanks. :love:

    Pretty proud of myself, actually. :cool: I started TKD at age 36 or 37, so it's been a long strange trip, (now aged 44). Never thought about getting this far back then, but now I sure am glad I put in all the hours, (and hours and hours).
  10. ZenPixelTKD

    ZenPixelTKD not just a natural blonde

    Well done! Thats fantastic!
    Sounds like a really tough grading.
  11. kayperTSD

    kayperTSD New Member

    Hey, very cool! I started this year at 37 and am the very beginnings of my studies (actually in TSD)... Thanks for sharing that info on when you started. Definately gives me hope I can reach a BB level if I keep pushing myself.


  12. kwang gae

    kwang gae 광개 Sidekick Specialist

    Keep going Kay, you can make it no problem. Feels good being an older martial artist and still able to keep up with the young 'uns. :D
  13. miles

    miles Valued Member

    Congratulations Kwang Gae!

    Second dan is a very important step in the Taekwondo journey. Most schools have 2nd (and sometimes 3rd dans) dans do a lot of the teaching. Also, a lot of times 1st dans quit (once they realize the black belt did not make them super-human) so they never reach this milestone. Second dan is quite an accomplishment!

    What do you get to learn as a 2nd dan?

  14. neryo_tkd

    neryo_tkd Valued Member

    congratulations from me too. it definitely is a great christmas present. keep up the hard work.
  15. Another Muay Thai Guy

    Another Muay Thai Guy Valued member

    Congratulations, sounds very well earned. :)
  16. Deedum

    Deedum Valued Member

    well done, just achieved mine in november
  17. kwang gae

    kwang gae 광개 Sidekick Specialist

    Congrats (belated) to you as well Deedum!
  18. franksv

    franksv Valued Member

    All Santa brought me was a lump of coal. :cry:

    Congrats,wear it well.
  19. spf1410

    spf1410 New Member

    Kwang Gae-

    Congratulations on a well earned and much deserved promotion!
  20. Sedvan

    Sedvan Valued Member


    I got my 2nd dan and I only did my forms...kumgang down..(you did the forms in their entirity, but did them out of sequence?) Or did you do them all backwards :D

    i didnt get to fight santa...*dies from jealousy*
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2006

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