Tag: Testing

  • Thoughts on Martial Art Testing

    Thoughts on Martial Art Testing

    I have found through bitter experience that talking too early about Blackbelt Testing scares students away. As a new instructor, I used to think that the idea of being a Blackbelt would inspire new students to train and give them something to look forward to. Apparently, that’s not how most people’s minds work. In fact, […]

  • Martial Art Endurance Training

    If you are a student of mine or a reader of this blog, then you know that I’m working hard on endurance training. That’s what this article is about. There’s a kind of “hierarchy of needs” to martial art training. When we come in as a White Belt, everyone has a different level of talent, knowledge, […]

  • Lessons Learned from a Failed Test

    Lessons Learned from a Failed Test

    Maybe this is bad business. I’m a huge believer in transparency though, and there are lessons here. As difficult at this is to admit to my students and readers, I failed my last Blackbelt Test. It’s happened before. Actually, nearly every time I test with my instructor, Pyung Kwan Jang Nim (PKJN) Ben Mitchell, I […]

  • Testing

    We need to have testing soon. We can try for Saturday, December 15, or we can wait until January. Let me know which is better for you. I am attending Black Belt testing in Peoria on December 21st. If any You Dahn Jah or Dahn Bo Nim want to join me, you are more than […]