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!