It’s three weeks until the big test. It’s a good thing I’ve had to work so much lately because it has cut into my obsessing-about-the-upcoming-test time.
I’ve been talking to a lot of blackbelts about testing and getting some very good advice:
Visualize: a blackbelt recommends running through forms in my head, visualizing my attackers. This helps with demonstrating forms bunkai (breakdowns).
Vocalize: another blackbelt suggests practicing fighting principles while describing them out loud. This is intended to help when I am asked to explain a fighting principle.
Don’t over prepare: a sifu told me about one of his tests; he had given up smoking and drinking, had a personal trainer, knew his requirements cold. He bombed. For the next test he said to heck with it; he smoked and drank and trained no more than usual. He passed with flying colors.
Imagine the test you want: this is the best advice I’ve gotten so far, from another sifu. It will be my day, my test, my opportunity to show my art. I decide what kind of test it will be for me.
I want to have a fun test.