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.