Six weeks out.

Posted Sun Mar 05, 2006, 13:58 PM by Tracy

Six weeks from now I’m testing for my next rank: brown-black. This will be the longest kung fu test I’ve taken so far.

The black belt test is different from all previous tests, and not just because it lasts 8 hours. It’s the most personal test we take: this is students’ opportunity to really show off what they know and how they embody martial spirit.

I’m a little nervous, but I’m trying to stay calm about it by thinking of it as a vigorous day at Mo Duk Pai camp. It helps that I’ve got my brown-black essay completed, so at least that’s not still hanging over my head. I’m running stairs at work to build up stamina. Jason, who is testing for black belt, and I are putting in some long days training.

The best advice I’ve gotten in preparation is to decide what kind test I want to have. I want to have a fun test. I want to feel good about demonstrating my skills.

The best thing I’ve done for myself in preparation is to understand that I can pass without being technically perfect.

  1. You’re going to do great! I can’t wait to hear all about it. And yeah, 8 hours if you’re lucky. More like 10-12 for ones I’ve sat through or tested with. :)

    kungfukitten    Mon Mar 6, 10:36 PM    #


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Mo Duk Pai kung fu is a modern American eclectic system of martial arts, combining hard- and soft-style techniques Mo Duk Pai, which translates to “Martial Ethical Way”, was founded by Professor Frederick D. King. For more information, to see photos or inquire about training, visit the Mo Duk Pai web site, which I also maintain. I have been training since 1996 and currently hold the rank of brown-black sash.


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