Black Belt Candidate

This week leads up to Precheck #2

You have been preparing for this.

Continue to practice the things you were tested on in the first PreCheck.

Many of you met with Sensei this past week to discuss your progress towards your black belt.  You will continue to train as he discussed.

Put extra practice into what you will be tested on:

Basic Katas:

  • Appreciation Form
  • Dragon Kata
  • Form One
  • Basic Chuk Form

Intermediate Katas:

  • Short 2
  • Chuk Form One
  • XMA 1


  • 1-4, 1-6, 1-8 Count Kicking
  • 1-2-3 Count Kicking (we practiced this in class Friday)

Of course you should always be working on fitness, basic details, kicking, striking, self defense and attitude.

A positive, strong, leadership attitude bring out the best not only in you, but everyone around you.  (Student Creed #2)  How you behave both in and out of the dojo are taken into account in your readiness for Black Belt.

Think of what a Black Belt should represent,  are you representing the Black Belt Principles at all times?  Where could you grow?  How could you change?  What are willing to do to make those changes?

You should be getting in three classes, plus candidate class each week.  If you are not maintaining that, you need to plan on being in the next cycle.  If you miss classes, as happens with all of us, you should arrange to make them up.  You may also want to look at the calendar and your own appointment book to see when adjustments may need to be made.  On weeks that there is no candidate class, you are not required to attend that fourth class.  Precheck counts as the fourth class.

We will have candidate class this Friday, as we had to make adjustments to the schedule to accommodate some of our candidates, we only have two weeks, which means one candidate class, in between Prechecks!  Because of that, this Friday we will have a candidate class which will be a review of what we did this past candidate class.  It will not be overly strenuous.

Don’t forget to begin hydrating and preparing your body with the fuel and fluids it needs for Saturday.  Don’t wait until Friday or Saturday morning to begin preparing. We have discussed this in candidate meetings and classes at length.  Stay healthy!

Saturday, arrive no earlier than 8:30, but no later than 8:50 for your exam.  Be dressed in full gi.  Bring running shoes and clothes.  Don’t forget your gear and weapons.  As we are in the second of the four tests, there are no excuses.

Train hard, work hard and enjoy the results of your success!



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