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niel0092
Brown Belt
Brown Belt

Joined: 12 Jul 2001
Posts: 738
Location: Minnesota
Styles: Kali, TKD, judo (formerly)

PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2005 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats!
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srv
Yellow Belt
Yellow Belt

Joined: 07 Dec 2005
Posts: 48
Location: Australia
Styles: Karate style based on Goju-Ryu

PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2005 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The test is predominantly a test of physical endurance and mental strength. The fundamentals are tested extensively at black belt grading and during regular training at the dojo, The test consisted of 2 katas - 2nd dan kata which for us is sanseiru and a personal kata that we must develop ourselves and name. Then it's into free sparring - 30 2 minute rounds of sparring with only enough time in between to bow, change partners and bow again. It was 30 degrees celsius in the hall so pretty exhausting. This is not about pacing yourself, it's about going full on from start to finish and pushing through pain and exhaustion. (I think I broke my toe about round 5 of 30)
And to answer someone elses question, right now I feel physically drained and sore all over. I need a break from sparring ( after 6 months of sparring 15 - 30 rounds twice a week + 1 session of 15 - 30 2 minute rounds on focus mits/bag work/ shadow sparring/push ups as well as multiple fitness sessions at the gym a week) I'm otally excited about this, but need a brief let down before getting back into it harder and stronger next year.
PS Thanks for all the good wishes. Much appreciated.
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stonecrusher69
Red Belt
Red Belt

Joined: 23 Apr 2002
Posts: 807
Location: New Jersey
Styles: MCM WING CHUN

PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2005 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

congrats....how long was the testing?
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Pacificshore
Black Belt
Black Belt

Joined: 26 Mar 2002
Posts: 1698
Location: West Coast
Styles: Chinese Kenpo/Kara-Ho Kempo

PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 2:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats
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italian_guy
Black Belt
Black Belt

Joined: 26 Nov 2003
Posts: 1476
Location: Italy
Styles: Formerly in Goju ryu karate (Nidan) now in Wing chun with past experience also in krav Maga, Kickboxing, Tai chi chuan (yang) and JKD.

PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations. Pretty hard test!!
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patusai
Black Belt
Black Belt

Joined: 11 Nov 2005
Posts: 1648
Location: Palos Hills, IL
Styles: So Ryu, Shorin Ryu, Isshin Ryu

PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2006 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratuations///
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