Time to grade?
My new sparring partner asked me the other night at training if I would be grading next time. Now I have more than enough hours in the bank but am I ready to grade? Well, no I don’t think so. I kind of know my forms and probably will know my hand and kicking techniques etc by then but just busking it is not for me.
One of the worst experiences I ever had in martial arts was when I graded to green belt. I was sort of bounced into it.I had done the required hours training. I knew most of the forms well except for Chil Sung E Ro so with 2 weeks to go one of the black belts put me through my paces and taught me that form.
By the time of the grading I just about knew it but I was worried and that worry ruined the entire test for me. I passed the grading but I knew I’d busked it. The worry had affected my overall performance. I wasn’t bad but I wasn’t as good as I knew I could be and knowing that really tainted the grading for me.
After that I promised myself that I would not allow that to happen again and now I only test when I feel ready. What I mean by that is when I not only know my stuff but I feel confident I know my stuff. As I progress through the belts and there is more to learn and more to remember so its taking longer but I would rather it that way so that when I get my black belt i’ll know that I deserve it.