Friday night was the third black belt check. I love these tests. Kyoshi talks through the same routine every time but he has enough conviction and charisma to make it meaningful. The pressure they apply...makes diamonds. There are no physical problems, just challenges and there is always an adjustment or a way to continue.
This time, while I didn't catch the names, he had a posse of very high powered martial artists visiting including another kyoshi (a woman), a SIFU, and a tenth degree black belt from Syracuse. That might be one of very few that I ever meet: I wish I'd caught his name.
- The single big test which is a make-it-or-break-it-extremely-high-pressure event
- The marathon test with many hurtles with an emphasis on continued intensity and quality.
Onwards and upwards....