Friday, 28 November 2014

Grading Advice

Tomorrow is the yearly November Black Belt tests at the Shudokan Black Belt Academy in Nottingham. I will be attending as partner to one of the testers and probably to help with some administrative tasks. I will also be teaching all morning at the Dojo. Here's some advice I thought I'd share, primarily for the people testing:

1. Your etiquette MUST be exemplary. Treat everyone in the Dojo with the deepest respect regardless of rank/training status. Make sure you show that same respect for the place, bowing properly and sitting in Seiza, with a straight back.

2. In Budo, confidence is very different to arrogance. The difference is one of motive, and will show on your face and in your body language. Be confident. You have trained for this day and are (should be) ready.

3. It'd be great to see you for training before the test, purely to warm up and keep your mind focussed. This should not be a cramming session. You should have been ready weeks ago.

4. If you make a mistake, make it properly. Bow to the examiner and correct your error.

Short and sweet.. I hope you find this helpful. Let me know if you want anything committed to video.

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