Sunday, December 13, 2009

Completed 1st Kyu Brown Belt/Black Stripe Rank Test for Kyokushin

It took me two days to recuperate, but now I can post legibly.

On Friday night, Dec 11th, I completed my 1st Kyu Brown Belt/ Black Stripe Rank Test for Kyokushin.

Lessons that I learned:

a) These tests are exhausting. No matter how hard to train to be able to handle the test, you will still be brought to the point of no return. It just seems to take longer to get there if you train hard before the test. In a way, this revealed to me how far I have progressed in my path. When I tested for my White belt test, I could barely handle the first 30 minutes of the test. I was able to handle much, much more now that I have experience, and training.

b) Lots of practice may not always make you perfect, but it sure does help you keep on track when you are placed in a testing situation. I'm so glad that I had practiced at home as much as I had!

c) Visualization helps so much. Each night, before I fell asleep, I would visualize myself testing, and completing the test with confidence, and stamina. When it came time to perform, all seemed so familiar.

d) Nervousness doesn't seem to fade when you care about the results. However, you start to learn how to recognize the nerves, and get past it more easily.


MilkManX said...



Yes the tests make you really work hard. I am so proud of you.


Mathieu said...

congratulations Senseï!!

In the same state of mind, I actually passed shodan.

I'm with you on
c) and

Although, I must admit to not having cared so much about the outcome of the test. It did show as sensei mentionned that I lacked determination. All during the test, I was smiling. A smile that meant : no matter what happens, I'll still be training tomorrow night. Let me be a brown belt for another year, I don't mind at all. I'm here and doing karate. For now, nothing else matters :) But still, lesson learned : put more emphasis on techniques.

I'm glad you passed and are still training so hard. You are both a motivation and a great internet karate friend.

Be well Sensei!!

Steve said...

Nice job. Glad to see you posting again! :)

supergroup7 said...

Dear MilkManX, Mathieu, and Steve:

I wasn't able to put up your comments until now because I had only completed the test. I had not received the results of that test.

Now that I can confirm that I passed, now I can thank you for your kind words. I am now a 1st Kyu, and headed towards Shodan ( Again.)